WEEK 5: New Ventures, the Salmonberry Trail

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Volunteer with TKO

Advocate for new connections to the wondrous places of Oregon.

Advocating for new ventures and lost trails that access Oregon’s natural wonders has become a regular part of our work. There are endless possibilities for TKO to be a partner in finding lost trails and bringing day-dream projects to life. You can join the support for new and lost trails across Oregon by donating today!

The Salmonberry Trail is no small venture. Over 87 miles of railroad line are sitting dormant and have the possibility of connecting the Valley to the Coast . The canyon section in particular is right up TKO’s bailiwick. We’ve been working closely with the engineering consultant on this project to assess the viability of this trail connection, approaching in different ways a rail-to-trail and rail-with-trail conversion!

We are working with many partners to advocate for this trail and we may see projects begin in the portion that connects to Stub Stewart State Park as early as 2021. Your support builds a community engagement that will see that the value of these places is met with a vested interest in their care.

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FLOODS IN 1997 & 2008

Make no mistake, while the 87-mile corridor has dozens of amazing trestle bridges, the scene you see here is not one of them. A series of once-in-a-hundered-year floods ravaged through the Coast Range and wreaked havoc on many communities and infrastructure. The Salmonberry Corridor was not spared. While the rail companies sought to rebuild and restore after 1997, there seemed to be a desire to pause after 2008. That is when the dream came alive for the rail-to-trail and rail-with-trail conversions. TKO has been working to offer alternatives to rebuilding railbed through a more wilderness-like trail development.

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TUNNELS TO WANDER

In addition to spectacular trestle bridges, some of which reach heights of more than 80 feet from the river below, the corridor is also home to 13 tunnels of varying lengths. Some tunnels are safe for passage, but others need to have the trail rerouted to safely circumnavigate the decaying structures. TKO has been scouting the hillsides for those trail alternatives. You can support these projects and speed up access to these wonders by donating today!

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Latest News

Safety, Fun, Service – becoming a TKO Crew Leader

A close up of two faces. One person wears a blue jacket and a yellow hat, the other wears a yellow jacket and an orange hat. They both have dirt on their faces and are smiling.

Being a Crew Leader with TKO is rewarding work and comes with a fun and supportive community that can’t wait to welcome you!

by Elaine Keavney and Loren Payne

So you’ve earned your green hat, and are getting “hooked” on trail stewardship.  As you get to know your crew leaders, do you find yourself wondering whether leading a crew would be something you would enjoy? Read on for some information about leading crews, and what you need to do if you would like to become a TKO crew leader!

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Fire and Rain – 2022 Tread School

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Rebuilding trails from the ashes.

By Natalie Ferraro

With over an inch of rain pouring down from cloudy skies for the weekend, it was hard to believe that the forest that volunteers worked and trained in during Tread School 2022 had been the victim of dry weather, extreme winds and raging fires only two years earlier. A group of Trailkeeper volunteers were undaunted by the ‘atmospheric river’ and showed up at Camp Talaoli anyway. These hardy folks were here to learn the skills needed to repair hiking trails after wildfires, and to start  rebuilding trails damaged by the Beachie Creek Fire.

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Increasing Our Impact by Lending a Hand

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TKO volunteers helped to build a new boardwalk at the South Slough Estuary Reserve this summer.

By Katie Vaughan, TKO Board Member

Throughout 2022, TKO crews set out on the Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor—a 12-mile stretch of picturesque southern Oregon coastline—over 20 times, helping to recover areas lost to vegetation and time. Now, thanks to these efforts, you can have a picnic at Whaleshead Beach, hike from Natural Bridges to Spruce Island uninterrupted, or explore the Thunder Rock Cove Loop! […]

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