News from the Trail

On to 2019, A Letter from TKO’s Executive Director

December 30th, 2018

By Steve Kruger, Executive Director, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Before the end of 2018, please consider doing the following three things:

There’s no doubt — Trailkeepers of Oregon (TKO) is on the rise. Word of our mission and dedication to the Oregon hiking experience has traveled fast, due in no small part to all of you, our supporters and volunteers.

Hike of the Season: Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor

December 22nd, 2018

By John Sparks, Board Member, Trailkeepers of Oregon

When winter gloom broods over Oregon’s interior, it’s good to keep an eye on the weather forecast for southern Oregon Coast towns like Brookings, Gold Beach, and Port Orford.

Trailkeepers’ Tools: The Reinhart Hoe

December 22nd, 2018

By Susan Schen, Crew Leader, Trailkeepers of Oregon

The Reinhart hoe is a tool used for grubbing, especially the digging and scraping of dirt by TKO volunteer crews to create and shape trail tread. Sometimes called a “rhino” or “bendy shovel,” the tool was invented in the 1970s by Gordon Reinhart, a fire and recreation officer with the US Forest Service on the Umatilla National Forest. The head of the tool is a square-ended curved shovel blade mounted at a 90-degree angle to the handle.

If You Can Hike, You Can Snowshoe

December 22nd, 2018

By Cheryl Hill, Board Member, Trailkeepers of Oregon

When you’re longing to stretch your legs in the mountains but the trails are covered in winter snow, what’s a hiker to do? Try snowshoeing!

After the Fire: Mika Barrett on Fighting Invasive Plants

December 22nd, 2018

Interview by Michael McDowell, Newsletter Editor, Trailkeepers of Oregon

The 2017 Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia Gorge cleared the ground of vegetation in many places and opened up the canopy, inviting colonization by any species of plant able to establish itself in the ash-rich soil. In the aftermath of the fire, Friends of the Columbia Gorge have trained and sent out many volunteers to remove invasive plants and help native species reestablish themselves.

Herb Robert: Epic Cure-All or Villain of the Piece?

December 22nd, 2018

By John Sparks, Board Member, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum) is the villain of many aliases along the scorched slopes of the Columbia Gorge now exposed to a population explosion of invasive species. This small, innocuous-looking plant with pretty pink flowers is one of several Eurasian geraniums that have established themselves in our area in the last three decades.

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