WEEK 6: Smith Rock

DONATE $50 OR MORE AND YOU WILL BE ENTERED TO WIN ONE OF 5 Pairs of Danner boots of your choosing.

We have a special relationship brewing with Danner & 10 Barrel Brewing to announce in early 2022, but until that time both partners have committed $2500 to matching every donation you give $1 for $1 up to $5000. 

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There’s more than one way to win! Volunteer at any of our events this week (12/6-12/12) and you’ll also be entered to win!

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Think local, act statewide.

Make no mistake, TKO is growing. Short of 5 years since hiring our first staff person in 2017, TKO now has 8 staff with regional hubs in Portland, the Columbia Gorge, Mt. Hood, and both the northern (Manzanita) & southern (Coos Bay) Oregon Coast. Balancing a steady interest of strategic and opportunistic investments across different funding mechanisms and community support, our expansion is going where we see we can make a difference in support of hiking trails.  

Smith Rock State Park is one of several reach projects and regions that we hope to grow into thoughtfully, making sure to complement what local groups have been doing for years with our value added, where needed. Communities that are eager for our introduction to advocacy and stewardship support can only occur by you speaking up and becoming active to bring to our attention the needs of the trail systems in your area of Oregon. Often times this starts with a community member reaching out to TKO to become a local legend to lead ambassador activities and trail parties, bridging our TKO leadership team to build relationships with local, state and federal land managers with our history of service elsewhere in the state.

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SMITH ROCK STATE PARK

AN OREGON WONDER EXPOSED

The 7 Wonders of Oregon was a tourism campaign that highlighted a number of Oregon’s most special places and regions. Without knowing it, the campaign revealed an international audience that flocked to these places without the land managers being prepared for the sudden uptick in visitor use. Smith Rock had 2 year round staff at the time and a small seasonal maintenance budget. Oregon State Parks staff were forced to put their heads down and focus on the basics – restrooms and visitor compliance (rule enforcement, such as day use fees and parking). THe small park took a beating from all the intrigue of its beauty and the trails are getting wore out continuously.

We are looking to offer added trail maintenance and enhancements to ensure that this Wonder of Oregon can be around for all to enjoy. Donors like you believe that trails and the life changing experiences they provide should be accessible to everyone who wants them. Help Oregon’s trail legacy be one that future generations can enjoy by donating today!

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SCALABLE GROWTH

OPPORTUNITY & STRATEGY

Starting with community member interest or a call from local land managers, initial reach strategies come through Trailkeepers University and staffing/internship projects that are brought on through a grant or a corporate sponsorship. We then build more scalable and sustainable funding to support longer term staffing and project funds. Our goal is not just to build these new trails and run away, but to make sure that they stay open and accessible for many more years to come. You can help us keep the legacy of this and other trails in Oregon going strong by donating today.

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Latest News

TKO Comments on Mt. Hood NRA v2022Jan7

Portland, Ore. – January 8th, 2022 – Subject: Legislative Concepts for Mount Hood and the Columbia River Gorge

Dear Senator Wyden and Representative Blumenauer:

On behalf of Trailkeepers of Oregon (TKO), we would like to thank you for your ongoing work in protecting Mount Hood and the Gorge, including the new vision for recreation and restoration in the newly released legislative concept. We strongly support this pivot toward protecting special places while also improving sustainable recreation opportunities. Key components are listed below, making the proposal so timely and needed.

TKO Comments Mount Hood NRA v2022Jan7

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Call for Volunteers to serve as Trail Ambassadors

Help support hiking trails in Oregon by becoming a Trail Ambassador.

 

Portland, Ore. – March 18, 2021 – This spring, Trailkeepers of Oregon, the Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge Regional Tourism Alliance, the U.S. Forest Service, and Oregon State Parks are kicking off another season of the Trail Ambassador Program to equip Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Mt. Hood visitors with information they need for a safe, informed, and positive experience when hiking in the region. The Trail Ambassador 2021 season will kick-off on April 24th and Trailkeepers of Oregon is currently seeking volunteers

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Internship Introspective: Gorge Trails Recovery

 

 

This fall was chaotic and dramatic. Historic winds, fires, civil unrest, and a deadly pandemic will define the fall of 2020 for most. For me, they all set the backdrop for a somewhat confusing, sometimes chaotic, but overall incredibly fulfilling internship with Trailkeepers of Oregon, the US Forest Service, and Northwest Youth Corps. For the months of September, October and November, I worked in the Columbia River Gorge, aiding in ongoing trail restoration efforts. […]

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