News from the Trail

Two sections of a cut log on the ground several feet apart.

An Unexpected Teaching Moment

April 24th, 2019

By Pat Keavney, Crew Leader, Trailkeepers of Oregon

As we were finishing a Washington Trails Association Saturday work party in a Vancouver park recently, I found myself commissioned to take down a cedar that had snapped off about 12 feet from the ground.

A woman flanked by a boy on either side, all smiling as they sit astride bicycles against a green backdrop of sword ferns and trees.

Interview: Steph Noll and the Launch of the Oregon Trails Coalition

April 24th, 2019

By Michael McDowell, Newsletter Editor, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Stephanie Noll is a leading force behind the Oregon Trails Coalition (OTC), an organization conceived in 2016 and formally incorporated in 2018 to advocate for trails throughout the state and to bring together agencies and organizations working with trails.

A red house and red barn with a white roof in front of a tree-covered hill.

Hike of the Month: Bald Hill (Corvallis)

April 24th, 2019

By John Sparks

Distance: 3.1 miles / Elevation gain: 440 feet

Bald Hill is a 755-foot prominence in the bucolic southwestern outskirts of Corvallis where oak woods rub against cattle pastures.

A group of adults stand around a table under a tent with a “Trailhead Ambassador” banner in front of a green forest.

Trailhead Ambassador: A Fun Way to Volunteer

April 24th, 2019

By Cheryl Hill, Board Member, Trailkeepers of Oregon

“Where is the waterfall?” a man asked me in the Multnomah Falls freeway parking lot. I pointed over his shoulder to Oregon’s tallest waterfall, which could not be heard over the freeway noise.

Birds standing in a marsh with a ridge in the background.

What Is Hiking? Hiking Is Connecting with Nature

March 18th, 2019

By Cheryl Hill, Board Member, Trailkeepers of Oregon

After a week of sitting inside at my desk job I need time out on the trail. I hike for fresh air, hearing birds sing, smelling the forest, viewing sweeping vistas and colorful wildflowers.

A large bird with dark-blue feathers and an orange beak and a horizontal black band across its head stands with wings furled on a grassy shore above stagnant water.

Photo Feature: Great Blue Heron

March 18th, 2019

By Megan Zabel Holmes, Board Member, Trailkeepers of Oregon

I couldn’t believe my luck when, the first time I left the house with my new telephoto lens, I stumbled upon this great blue heron at Orenco Woods Nature Park.

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