WEEK 4: MULTNOMAH FALLS & ONEONTA

First 100 donors receive an an exclusive REI neck gator or Klean Kanteen Camp Cup

$60+ donations also get entered to win registration for a REI Outdoor Experience for two people

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Drawing of the REI Outdoor Experience WILL BE DONE LIVE AT OUR TKO BUILDERS-KEEPERS ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1ST @ 6PM – DIG A PONY. COME JOIN US FOR THE HIKE BEFORE at Portland Audubon 2-4PM &/OR MEET UP AT DAP FOR HAPPY HOUR! (NOT A REQUIREMENT TO WIN)

TKO BUILDERS-KEEPERS HIKE & SOCIAL - 12/1

Can’t give $? Volunteer at 1 of the 5! TKO + REI trail parties for #OptOutside 11/29 and be entered to win the REI Outdoor Experience described above.

5 EVENTS! - TKO + REI - #OPTOUTSIDE 11/29

Rebuild the heart of the Columbia Gorge.

Closing 50 thousand acres of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, the Eagle Creek fire shutdown access to 120+ miles of the most highly sought after natural wonders of Oregon. Scenic area staff with the USDA Forest Service are an amazing bunch of folks – fighting the fire to protect communities of the Gorge and historic sites like Multnomah Falls Lodge, then turning immediately to their partners to usher in a response to recover nearly 90+ miles of trails over the last two years. TKO jumped into the trails recovery effort, defining a critical moment in our history where we will look back and realize this changed everything for our organization.

Multnomah Falls and the trails that loop from Horsetail to Wahkeena continue to be a focus for TKO and the Forest Service trail crews. Reinforcing rock walls, building retaining structures and responding quickly to new damages. Rocks and trees will continue to tumble and we will be there to respond. Oneonta is where we turn to next. The Oneonta Gorge may be a distant venture to tackle, but upper Oneonta and the connection to Triple Falls from Horsetail is an opportunity we see coming in 2020 and beyond.

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AT THE HEART OF IT:

THE GORGE WILL NEED CONTINUED CARE

Averaging over twice per week since the beginning of 2018, TKO has had volunteers recovering trails in the Gorge. The freeze and thaw of each winter brings new rocks and burned trees to shift and fall.We will need to be tending to trails within the Multnomah Falls system for many decades to come. Join us, support us today.

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OPENING ONEONTA:

A BRIDGE OUT AND A REROUTE

In July of 2019, a FS trail crew with a TKO intern hiked to Triple Falls via Horsetail. It was gnarly and damages were significant. There is a bridge that needs to be replaced, meanwhile a substantial rock slide requires a reroute. The bridge replacement and reroute are all under review by the FS. TKO will be starting in from the top near Franklin Ridge, hoping to host multi-day events because of the 6+ miles to hike into the work site.

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Latest News

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. […]

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.] […]

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