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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…)

Interview with a Volunteer – Claudio

June 1, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Interview with a Volunteer – Claudio”

 

A photo of Crew Leader Claudio Berstein

Crew Leader Claudio Berstein

Bringing the Trail Crew to you! This is a continuation of our “Interview with a Volunteer” series that we’ll be using to bring the fun of being a Trailkeeper to you while you stay safe at home. (more…)

Hiking in Virtual Time

May 25, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Hiking in Virtual Time”

By Tom Kloster

After the Eagle Creek Fire in September 2017, I know I was not alone in
sorting through photos and trip reports from before the fire. While it has
taken time for all of us to absorb the changes the fire brought to the Gorge,
seeing old photos of our favorite places from years passed was a needed
escape. (more…)

Activating Oregon’s citizenry, a moment for a movement

May 23, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Activating Oregon’s citizenry, a moment for a movement”

by Steve Kruger – TKO Executive Director

I am deeply concerned about what is happening to our Oregon State Parks with reductions in operational staff and the possible layoffs of critical support within the agency’s ranks. We are concerned this is a preview of what is going to happen across all public lands. All federal, state and local lands are scrambling to catch up on season staff changes while managing new normals in visitor safety — all in a time of re-opening public lands and the looming realities of shrinking budgets. Oregon’s citizenry can help, if we make it a priority.

[To land managers – Please don’t take this message as a slight on our work together in this critical time. There are a number of examples of you persevering to get volunteers to help you all – we are excited to celebrate that effort soon. This is an acknowledgement of your excellence, the importance of our work together and what you all are struggling to balance.] (more…)

Interview with a Volunteer – Daron

May 18, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Interview with a Volunteer – Daron”
Picture of volunteer Daron when she earned her green hard hat

A proud day for Daron, having attended 5 trail parties and earned her green hat.

Bringing the Trail Crew to you! This is a continuation of our “Interview with a Volunteer” series that we’ll be using to bring the fun of being a Trailkeeper to you while you stay safe at home. (more…)

Nature Without Us

April 20, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Nature Without Us”

by Paul Gerald | TKO Board President

 person walks away from the camera along a dirt road through a field of yellow flowers

Spring wildflowers at Rowens Crest. Photo by Cheryl Hill.

For the first time in 20-plus years of living in Portland, I am missing the Gorge wildflower season. It is, in the proverbial sense, killing me. But I take comfort from two facts: It’s the right thing to do, and the flowers will probably be better off without us stepping on them for a season. (more…)

Staying strong together, while physically apart

April 10, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Staying strong together, while physically apart”

by Steve Kruger – TKO Executive Director

This time last April, TKO family-friendly event at Oxbow.

Many of you may recall my end of year letter, sharing with you how my 3 year old son has grown up around TKO and the trails adventures we’ve been able to explore. Doing our best to stick close to home and balance two working parents, my son Van has been experiencing the simpler things – which to him are out of this world (more…)

Important Message for All TKO Supporters

April 10, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Important Message for All TKO Supporters”

Fellow Trailkeepers, 

We hope this finds you healthy and at home! With the normal world flipped on its head, we wanted to let you know the options we’re offering for TKO Membership during this time.  (more…)

The Viewpoint Trail – a memorable project

April 6, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “The Viewpoint Trail – a memorable project”

by Elaine Keavney – TKO Crew Leader

One of the most memorable trail projects that my husband Pat and I did for TKO was the design and construction of the Viewpoint Trail at Milo McIver State Park.  We began this project in the fall of 2016 and completed it in June of 2017. This half-mile graveled trail connects the upper and lower sections of this 950-acre park. (more…)

Scouting the Sam Boardman

March 28, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Scouting the Sam Boardman”

By Josh Durham

South Coast Coordinator | Trailkeepers of Oregon

“Wow.”

That’s all I could say. As Trailkeepers of Oregon’s newly appointed South Coast Stewardship Coordinator, I had made my way south. My goal was to assess the Oregon Coast Trail through the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor with Susan Schen and Brandon Tigner, our former and current North Coast Stewardship Coordinators respectively. (more…)

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