Join TKO as we embark on our initial trails recovery efforts in the Santiam State Forest, in fire-affected areas of the historic Labor Day fires of 2020!
TKO is beginning trail rehabilitation in areas of the Santiam State Forest affected by the historic 2020 Labor Day fires at Shellburg Falls. Only preregistered volunteers will be accepted, but keep an eye on registrations as cancelations can happen and spots could open until 6PM the night before the event.
Because the fire-affected zone is potentially more hazardous than other sites where we work, the crew leader may decide to cancel the work party the day before, based on weather conditions. We will not work in high winds, excessive rain, or potential ice events. Volunteers are advised to check their emails the night before and morning of in case there are unanticipated work party cancellations. Details will be emailed prior to the event.
Driving & Hiking information:
Due to the fact the Santiam State Forest is closed to the public, we will send out a meeting location with directions to all participants 24-48 hours before. We will enter at a locked gate and caravan into the trail section which is accessible right along a park road. The worksite begins at the road connection.
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 proceeding 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 work in a fire-affected zone over uneven terrain, with many obstacles to climb over and/or remove. A mandatory detailed safety discussion will be held before work begins. 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 unless we have the whole group break for the day.
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Directions will be supplied to registrants 24-48 hours before 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:
For a complete list of Covid specific safety measures, 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.