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Fire and Rain – 2022 Tread School

November 16, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Fire and Rain – 2022 Tread School”
A photo of people in hard hats using straps to carry a burned log through a burned forest. Over this image are the words Tread School - Fire Recovery Edition

Rebuilding trails from the ashes.

By Natalie Ferraro

With over an inch of rain pouring down from cloudy skies for the weekend, it was hard to believe that the forest that volunteers worked and trained in during Tread School 2022 had been the victim of dry weather, extreme winds and raging fires only two years earlier. A group of Trailkeeper volunteers were undaunted by the ‘atmospheric river’ and showed up at Camp Talaoli anyway. These hardy folks were here to learn the skills needed to repair hiking trails after wildfires, and to start  rebuilding trails damaged by the Beachie Creek Fire.

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Increasing Our Impact by Lending a Hand

November 9, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Increasing Our Impact by Lending a Hand”
Two people in hard hats work on their knees to install a piece of decking on a bardwalk.

TKO volunteers helped to build a new boardwalk at the South Slough Estuary Reserve this summer.

By Katie Vaughan, TKO Board Member

Throughout 2022, TKO crews set out on the Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor—a 12-mile stretch of picturesque southern Oregon coastline—over 20 times, helping to recover areas lost to vegetation and time. Now, thanks to these efforts, you can have a picnic at Whaleshead Beach, hike from Natural Bridges to Spruce Island uninterrupted, or explore the Thunder Rock Cove Loop! (more…)

Reopening Neahkahnie and more!

November 2, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Reopening Neahkahnie and more!”
a group of volunteers in hard hats stand smiling on a dirt trail

TKO volunteers are all smiles at this trail party event on Cape Meares

by Loren Payne

Throughout 2022, TKO volunteer crews have been caring for the trail systems on Oregon’s beautiful North Coast. Trails were maintained, existing trails were extended, and closed trails were reopened to the public for the first time in years! (more…)

Wilderness Volunteers Help Mount Hood Trails

September 15, 2022 Posted by Trail Ambassadors, Wilderness Ambassadors 0 thoughts on “Wilderness Volunteers Help Mount Hood Trails”
The summit of Mount Hood rises up from behind a foreground of green trees.

Wilderness trails in the Mt Hood National Forest see millions of visitors each year.

by Loren Payne

Opportunities to serve Oregon’s trails with Trailkeepers of Oregon are as diverse as our volunteers’ interests. This year, TKO launched a new Wilderness Ambassador volunteer program in collaboration with the US Forest Service to further our mission of stewardship and advocacy for Oregon’s trails. 

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Your First Trail Party

September 13, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Your First Trail Party”

by Ginny Sorensen

Want to add trail volunteer to your many talents, but curious to know what you’re getting yourself into before you sign up? You’ve come to the right place! Read on for some helpful info on what to expect during your first trail party, as well as some tips from fellow first-time Trailkeepers.

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Making Way for New Trail

June 15, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Making Way for New Trail”

Rainy day views on the Wilson River 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. (more…)

What’s New with Trail Ambassadors?

May 26, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “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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Become a Volunteer Trail Ambassador!

April 15, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Become a Volunteer Trail Ambassador!”

By Cheryl Hill – TKO Trail Ambassador and author of Fire Lookouts of Oregon

You may know that you can volunteer with TKO to build and maintain trails, but did you know that you can also volunteer as a Trail Ambassador?

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Call for Volunteers to serve as Trail Ambassadors

March 16, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Call for Volunteers to serve as Trail Ambassadors”

Portland, Ore. – March 3, 2022 – This spring, Trailkeepers of Oregon, the US Forest Service, Oregon State Parks  and the Mt. Hood – Columbia River Gorge Regional Tourism Alliance are kicking off another season of the Trail Ambassador Program to equip visitors with the information they need for a safe, informed, and positive experience when hiking and visiting the region. The Trail Ambassador 2022 season will kick-off on Earth Day weekend, April 23rd, and Trailkeepers of Oregon is currently seeking volunteers.

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The Clackamas River Trail: a wildfire recovery primer

March 11, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “The Clackamas River Trail: a wildfire recovery primer”

TKO and Forest Service staff scout and remove logs on the Clackamas River Trail during the winter.

Since cutting their saw teeth after the Eagle Creek Fire in 2017, TKO Volunteers have (unfortunately) gotten really good at using their skills to recover trails from wildfire. Mt Hood National Forest has engaged TKO to help in the rehabilitation of the Clackamas River Trail, a popular hiking destination within the Mt Hood National Forest. (more…)

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