News from the Trail

Important Message for All TKO Supporters

April 10th, 2020

Fellow Trailkeepers, 

We hope this finds you healthy and at home! With the normal world flipped on its head, we wanted to let you know the options we’re offering for TKO Membership during this time. 

The Viewpoint Trail – a memorable project

April 6th, 2020

by Elaine Keavney – TKO Crew Leader

One of the most memorable trail projects that my husband Pat and I did for TKO was the design and construction of the Viewpoint Trail at Milo McIver State Park.  We began this project in the fall of 2016 and completed it in June of 2017. This half-mile graveled trail connects the upper and lower sections of this 950-acre park.

Scouting the Sam Boardman

March 28th, 2020

By Josh Durham

South Coast Coordinator | Trailkeepers of Oregon


That’s all I could say. As Trailkeepers of Oregon’s newly appointed South Coast Stewardship Coordinator, I had made my way south. My goal was to assess the Oregon Coast Trail through the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor with Susan Schen and Brandon Tigner, our former and current North Coast Stewardship Coordinators respectively.

Interview with a Volunteer – Kim

March 26th, 2020


Bringing the Trail Crew to you! This is the first in 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. 

Stay Safe, Stay at Home – COVID-19 as of March 23rd

March 24th, 2020

Fellow Trailkeepers,

With recent closures of all Oregon State Parks, the Columbia Gorge Waterfall Corridor and Governor Brown’s Stay Home order, TKO recognizes we are navigating challenges we have never seen before. We support the land managers who have had to make these difficult decisions to protect staff, volunteers and visitors and the communities within these special places and accordingly, we will be postponing all our in-person volunteer activities through May.

Numerous white-barked alder trees grow closely together.

The Alder – Tree of Earth, Fire, and Water

March 14th, 2020

by John Sparks, Newsletter Editor, Trailkeepers of Oregon

We tend to ignore alders in the leafy summer months, when they become subsumed in the general blaze of green and lorded over by sprawling mossy maples. In winter and early spring, however, the alder’s gray-white bark, becoming dappled by lichen as the tree ages, stands out, often starkly, from a dreary landscape.

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