WEEK 1: OREGON COAST TRAIL – NEAHKAHNIE MOUNTAIN

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Support trail stewardship along the People’s Coast.

The Oregon Coast is a sight to be seen. Known as the People’s Coast for its remarkable public access, the scenic vistas and rocky shores are endlessly connected by numerous hiking trails up and down the coastline. Since 2018, TKO has teamed up with Oregon Coast Visitors Association and many partners in a concerted effort to build a trail stewardship movement for the Oregon Coast Trail and connective trails systems.

Neahkahnie Mountain, at Oswald West State Park is an insider’s must-hike destination. A known “gap” in the Oregon Coast Trail existed connecting the Neahkahnie Mountain segment south to Manzanita. Over the last two years, TKO has helped to see 2.5 miles of new trail developed to close this gap. Read on for the details and then join us in protecting this iconic place in Oregon. The video from some of our first trail parties back in 2019 and sums up how we engage in our mission for trail stewardship and advocacy.

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NORTH OREGON COAST

NEAHKAHNIE MT., SOUTH TO MANZANITA

In 2015, TKO wrote a letter of support for a project to address a gap in the OCT between the South Neahkahnie Mt. trailhead of Oswald West State Park and the town of Manzanita. Hikers were limited to walking the busy shoulder of Hwy. 101, or being forced to drive to a trailhead that was practically in their backyard. Fast forward 5 years, and the trail is now open! Hikers in Manzanita can now access the OCT and Neahkahnie Mountain just by walking out the front door. Just because the trail is open, doesn’t mean the story end here. TKO has committed to being a lifelong partner in the maintenance of this trail as well as the trails that connect to it. Be a part of our mission to see sustainable trails here, and all across Oregon, and donate today!

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NORTH OREGON COAST

NEAHKAHNIE AND BEYOND

Our stewardship efforts extend beyond the new trail segment at Manzanita. We kicked off the year by welcoming a new cohort of Crew Leaders at Camp Magruder and supporting work on a local tsunami evacuation route. Even though the pandemic forced a halt through the spring, we were able to get back at in July. Since then, TKO volunteers have been working on improvement projects across the North Coast, including a full reconstruction of gabions at Oswald West, clearing fallen logs after the 2020 summer windstorm from the Indian Beach trail at Ecola State Park, installed OCT sign posts and “broke trail” in a new region of stewardship on the South Coast. Our volunteers are eager to keep the momentum going, but they need your support to keep their tools sharp. Donate today and support well-kept trails on the coast and beyond in 2021.

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Latest News

Trail Ambassador Season Wrap-Up

Dear Ambassadors,

Congratulations on the 2020 season! With challenges seemingly around every corner, it was certainly not an easy road, but we still accomplished some big things. I am so grateful for each and everyone of you who participated this year, either by signing up for a volunteer shift or by just staying in the loop by being on the email list.

We kicked off the season by collaborating on and premiering the first online Trail Ambassador Training. A big shout out to the volunteers who helped to design and give feedback on the training, and to those who contributed their voices. Thanks to the online training, we were able to overcome the ban on public gatherings and had over 30 volunteers gear up to be ambassadors, with about 50% of those folks being new to the program this year. 

Even though the pandemic ultimately meant we were limited to only four open trailheads, those of you who went out had a big impact. Huge thank you to the volunteers who got out there and set up their physically distanced Ambassador stations in the face of uncertain trail openings, and an unprecedented amount of use on public lands this summer. You answered questions for over 200 hikers, helped to normalize mask wearing on the trail, and provided valuable on-the-ground feedback for land managers. 

It’s been exciting to see so many of you get involved with the new On-trail Ambassador program that we recently debuted. By eliminating the need for public interaction, we hope this will provide an opportunity for more folks to be active in the program during what continues to be a challenging year. We decided to offer this volunteer opportunity year round, in the hopes that it will prove to be a useful feedback tool for land managers and a great way for you to stay active as an Ambassador through the rainy portion of the hiking season.

This year saw the Trail Ambassador program emerge as a network capable of innovation, flexibility and teamwork. We forged new relationships with our sister programs in Washington state, on the Oregon Coast, and with our friends in the River Ambassador program. Through this network of collaboration, volunteers were able to get out to trails and beaches on the North Coast, our volunteer training was able to be more inclusive, and we helped advise a fledgling Ambassador program near Seattle. We showed just how powerful the network model can be, and I can’t wait to see what we accomplish next year. 

In a year where many things were uncertain, you kept the heart of this program beating. No matter what the next year brings, I look forward to continuing the good work of this program with a stellar group of volunteers, stakeholders and partners. Thank you for your dedication to the program and to Oregon’s trails.

 

Natalie Ferraro | Engagement Manager

natalie.ferraro@trailkeepersoforegon.org

 

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. […]

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. […]

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