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There is a variety of way to participate:
– Sign up to be on the trail crew. They will be performing brushing work along the lower portion of the trail and engaging the public by letting hikers join in the fun. No experience required, your Crew Leader will show you what you need to know.
– Sign up to be a Trail Ambassador. Engage with other trail users at the Ambassador station at the trailhead, and take turns hiking the trail to answer questions along the trail. No training required, you’ll be paired with an experienced Trail Ambassador volunteer.
– Sign up as an Ambassadog team. Bring your well behaved four legged hiking friend and hike the trail while engaging with other dog owners around doggy hiking etiquette topics. No training required, you’ll be paired with an experienced Ambassador volunteer.
– Come on by for a hike! Special guests from TKO and Oregon State Parks will be leading small groups throughout the day. No registration required. Hikes will leave from the trailhead at 9:30am and 11:30am.
Details for the trail crew:
Crew Leader: Drew
Max Size of Crew: 12
Hike Distance: approx. 2 miles
Elevation Gain: (in ft) approx. 800
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Work Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
What to expect:
You will be asked to electronically sign the e-waiver for this event and perform a self-assessment health screening within the 24 hours preceding the event. The crew leader for this event will verify that you have done both of these requirements at the trailhead before the party begins. Your pre-event emails will contain further details and links for both of these requirements.
You should expect to participate in this work party for its entirety. For safety reasons, please do not arrive late or expect to be able to leave early.
What to bring:
What to wear:
We will meet at the picnic shelter at Guy W. Talbot State Park, which is located on NE Latourell Rd, off the Historic Columbia River Highway. You can find this location on Google Maps, here.
Details for the Ambassador and Ambassadog teams will be provided to registered participants the week of the event.
COVID-19 Procedures **Please follow all civil authority restrictions for your community. **
In accordance with civil authority restrictions and land manager requirements for safety considerations, the following policies are currently in place:
• All volunteers will watch this COVID-19 safety orientation which details TKO Safety Policy & Procedures for a COVID-19 Environment.
• All volunteers must administer a health self-evaluation prior to attending in-person volunteer events (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html).
• All volunteers will read and sign the TKO Volunteer Waiver updated for COVID-19 for release and indemnity of TKO and the land manager partner.
•For a complete list of Covid specific safety measures, please see our safety manual, available here.
LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: TKO recognizes that the trails we work on travel through the traditional lands of many Indigenous tribes. In every corner of what we now call Oregon, these people were forced to cede their land, their home, to the US government at various times from 1853 – 1871. We are privileged to be here today & express gratitude to the descendants of these tribes for being the original stewards of this land.
EQUITY & INCLUSION: TKO seeks to make Oregon’s trails a place where people can go to connect with nature & one another. Not everyone feels safe & welcome in the outdoors due to racism, bias & hate. We commit to being part of the solution to change that. Conduct, speech, or expressions that target individuals or groups will not be tolerated by TKO, regardless of whether they are based on age, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, geographic origin, language, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.
PERSONAL SAFETY: Your physical & emotional safety is our number one priority. If a person’s actions or comments make you feel uncomfortable/unsafe – interrupt directly, tell a crew leader &/or complete the post-event survey.