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

Trail Ambassador Program Updates

The rainy spring has led to a slower start to the outdoor season, but our Trail Ambassadors have been getting out and representing at trails through it all! Thank you to all our volunteers who helped make a difference on the coast, throughout the Columbia River Gorge, and on Mount Hood this month. We couldn’t do it without you!

In an effort to continually improve the TKO volunteer experience, we have added to and updated a few aspects of the Trail Ambassador program, and we are excited to share them with you!

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Making Way for New Trail

By Mark Wattier, TKO Crew Leader

The Wilson River Trail goes for 24 miles through the Coast Range, sometimes following its namesake river, and sometimes diverging into the mountains. There has been talk for years about an extension to the trail, but the Oregon Department of Forestry doesn’t have much of a budget for things like new trails. This is where TKO has been able to step in and help. […]

What’s New with Trail Ambassadors?

Welcome back!

To all of our volunteers, whether this is your first season or you’ve been with us for years, welcome to the 2022 Trail Ambassador season! We are very fortunate to have such passionate and dedicated volunteers, and we are so excited to be back on the trails with you.

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