WEEK 9: SILVER FALLS 

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The finish line for our Legacy Builders campaign is in sight, and we are sprinting towards the finish.

We have a big, audacious goal this week of raising $20,000. Thanks to the Legacy Keepers Challenge fund, you have TWICE the power to help us get there.

Donate now while your donation is worth twice as much!

The Legacy Keepers challenge fund has been created by hiking/running clubs, partner groups & individual donors. These donors have committed to pool their gifts together as a peer-to-peer matching gift for the last days of the Legacy Builders campaign.

Donate $30+ and you’ll be entered to win 1 of 3 one-night stays at Smith Creek Village. This quaint resort right next to Silver Falls State Park is a get-away you wont want to miss out on. 

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Building Bridges

Silver Falls State Park is the flagship of the Oregon State Parks system.We began forging our relationships with the trails and the rangers there in 2019 and we have come a long way! Beginning by building a cohort of volunteer leaders in the Willamette valley allowed us to steadily drum a beat of stewardship in the the region. Since then, volunteers have moved through a variety of projects including building a crib wall to shore up part of the Canyon Trail that was being eroded, installing gabions to correct trail erosion from drainage and even began work on the brand new North Rim Trail!

In 2021, TKO was asked by the staff at Silver Falls to assist in the construction of two 65 ft bridges that would go over 2 creek crossings on the soon-to-be-opened new North Rim trail. This all-ages, all-abilities trail will extend to a never before seen viewpoint of the iconic North Falls. How could we say no?

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STRETCHING AND STEPPING UP

There was no funding in place for TKO to take on helping with these bridge projects. But we knew the importance of leaving a legacy at this iconic state park, so our staff and volunteers stepped up anyway. After many months of hard work by both TKO volunteers and OPRD Staff, both of these bridges have wrapped up construction! There’s still a lot that needs to be done to get the full trail ready for opening, but TKO will be there to continue lending a hand.

Projects like these bridges exist all over Oregon, just waiting for a dedicated volunteer group to step up and say “We can help.” When you become a supporter of TKO you help us reach more trails than ever before, so we can continue to say “yes, we can help!”.

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BUILDING TRUST & MORE CREW LEADERS

TKO has been a nonprofit for just over 12 years. We are Portland-based, but that is now changing and we are growing our geographic reach. Oregon State Parks has been a gateway for our growth, taking our strong partnerships with parks in the Portland/Gorge region and letting that trust spread to other parks. With strong relationships to precede us, stewardship growth can only happen through recruiting and training more volunteer leaders. The only reason we are able to start in at Silver Falls is because local leaders stepped up to the challenge and because of TKO’s strong relationships with park staff who are confident in our work. Help us impact even more trails in more State Parks, become a Legacy Builder today.

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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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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. […]

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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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