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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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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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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