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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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Following a Raindrop to the Sea – Building New Trail for Oregon’s Youth

August 10, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Following a Raindrop to the Sea – Building New Trail for Oregon’s Youth”

A view of the ocean from the knoll at Camp Westwind. A rainbow crosses the right side.

By Emily Akdedian

To the south of the jutting Cascade Headland and nestled against the Salmon River, Camp Westwind makes up part of the 102,110 acre Cascade Head Biosphere Reserve. Originally dedicated in 1976 by the United Nations (UNESCO), such reserves serve to attain quality education for all, mobilize knowledge for sustainable development, and build an inclusive knowledge society. 

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Trail Ambassador Program Updates

June 29, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “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

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…)

We’re hiring!

February 28, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “We’re hiring!”

TKO’s 11th anniversary at Old Vista Ridge. Photo by Tom Kloster

TKO is growing! We are currently seeking folks to join our fun and dynamic team through the three positions listed below. Studies show that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every qualification listed in a job description. TKO values lived experience and we are dedicated to embracing diversity. If any of these roles sound exciting to you, please reach out, we want to hear from you!

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Internship Introspective: Gorge Trails Recovery

December 16, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “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. (more…)

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