Ready to volunteer?

In the days of C-19, we’ve added mitigations of risk through our safety procedures and submitting proof of vaccination or a negative viral test. Don’t worry, trailkeeping is for everybody and we made it easy to get going with a few easy steps.

STEP 1

START HERE!

TKO Safety Policy UPDATES - January 2022TKO C-19 Vaccination Policy

STEP 2

SUBMIT PROOF

TKO Proof of Vaccination or a Negetive Test e-Sign Form

STEP 3

JOIN A TRAIL PARTY

EVENTS CALENDARTKO e-Sign Waiver

SIGNED UP?

1-3 DAYS BEFORE

Non-vaccinated folks should ensure their negative viral test is submitted & watch this video and you can review our standard C-19 safety measures for guidance.

TKO Safety Policy & Procedures for a COVID-19 Environment

DAY OF

Gather your trail gear with C-19 PPE! Even if distancing and mask mandates change, you may need that gear if certain activities or if local/state restrictions change. Perform a self health assessment to double-check if you should sit this one out.

DURING

1. If you wake up feeling off, don’t risk it. We’ll never know if you’re right, but we will definitely know if you’re wrong. 

2. Trailhead safety talk confirming you performed all requirements, accept the risks & are fit for service.

3. Have fun, our crew leaders will take care of you from there.

AFTER

Contracting C-19 can happen over a 5- to 14-day period, we’d like to know so we can inform others. We report C-19 exposures to land managers through an incident report and will keep it confidential if you choose. Submit a notice to the crew leader directly, or you can send a note through our post-event survey.

TKO Trail Party Participant Survey
Masked up at a landlside reroute of the Oregon Coast Trail in Ecola's Crescent Beach overlook. Photo credit: Claudio Berstein.
New signage is in place at either end of a trail party to help inform hikers to say hi, mask up and keep distance before passing through. Photo credit: TKO North Coast Coordinator Brandon Tigner.
Trailkeepers getting out for the first time since the pandemic, at Latourell Falls. Photo credit: TKO Engagement Manager Nat Ferraro

DECISION-MAKING MATRIX FOR ACTIVATING VOLUNTEERS:

In our efforts to offer volunteer activities to support public lands, the following conditions will be considered to ascertain if TKO can safely offer programs. We will only offer volunteer activities if our analysis indicates that our staff and volunteers will not increase their risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 due to their participation. Key assessments include:

Organization COVID-19 Policies and Procedures are in place: TKO programs may resume programming when these documents are in place, are understood by all relevant staff and stakeholders, and we have the resources available to implement them.

Civil Authority Restrictions are lifted: TKO programs may resume programming when national and/or state Executive Orders allow our program to resume travel and do not exceed mandated gathering numbers of individuals necessary to operate our program model.

Medical resources are available for support: It is understood that COVID-19 related demands on our medical infrastructure are an important consideration for four reasons:

  • Additional demands on medical facilities/medical personnel may distract from our collective ability to meet the demands associated with COVID-19 and therefore may be irresponsible;
  • Additional demands may strip the physical/personnel resources away from the communities in which TKO operate (e.g. medical personnel may lack access to proper PPE) which might make medical care less available, or
  • May increase the likelihood of exposure to patients if care is sought. TKO programs may resume programming if COVID-19 models (www. covid19.healthdata.or/projections) and/or other available data indicate that the demand on the medical facilities in the areas in which we operate programs will not be overwhelmed during the times in which our programs are operating.
  • Our volunteer activity could spread the virus to a local community with limited medical resources.

Our partners are prepared: TKO programs may resume programming when our partners are secure and confident enough in their own operations/availability to provide us reasonable assurance that plans, schedules, facilities, etc., won’t remain in flux – thereby increasing our opportunity costs, financial risks, and risks to our people.

It is socially responsible: TKO programs may resume programming when the organization believes it is socially responsible for us to be operating. We believe that volunteer stewardship programs will be a key part of our national recovery effort and we want to begin offering those opportunities as soon as these activities can be done safely, including gaining assurances from experts, our board of directors and our larger stakeholder groups that they are comfortable with us going back to work.

We are prepared: Lastly, TKO programs may resume programming when: (a) we have  had the time to recruit and train sufficient staff, volunteers; (b) identify sufficient project/recreational partners, and; (c) we have the physical equipment and supplies to implement our planned activities.

LEGAL NOTICE:

TKO’s Safety Policy and Procedures for a COVID-19 Environment has been developed solely for use by Trailkeepers of Oregon (TKO) programs, in consideration of specific programmatic and organizational elements. While TKO gladly shares these methods to activate volunteers as a resource, these protocols are not meant to be applied to any other organizations without careful consideration and revision to match the uniqueness of that organization’s population, staff, mission, training, resources, environment, and risk tolerance. Anyone who seeks to adapt or otherwise utilize these protocols in their programming does so at their own risk and expressly agrees to release from liability, and hold harmless, Trailkeepers of Oregon; our physician advisor Dr. Peter Reagan MD and clinical nurse Elaine Keavney RN; and Experiential Consulting, LLC for any liabilities, losses, damages, suits, or expenses of any kind.

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P.O. Box 14814
Portland, Oregon 97293
(971) 206-4351



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