WEEK 2: OREGON COAST TRAIL – Cape Arago

Your furry friends are Trailkeepers too!

Donate $30 or more before midnight on Sunday 11/14 and you’ll be entered to win a doggy hiking essentials kit from our friends at Ruffwear.

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Can’t give $? Volunteer at any of our trail party events between 11/8 and 11/14, and you’ll be entered to win too!

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Protect & explore the trails of the Southern Oregon Coast.

In 2019, TKO staff and funding partners were laying the groundwork to start a movement of stewardship on Oregon’s south coast. Over the last two years, Oregon Coast Visitors Association funding helped us build a movement of trail stewardship in the southern Oregon Coast region. In addition to ongoing volunteer agreements with Oregon State Parks – Harris Beach Management Unit and USFS Siuslaw and Rogue-Siskiyou National Forests, we have expanded our service areas to include Oregon Department of State Lands South Slough Reserve and Oregon State Parks – Sunset Bay Management Unit. We have assessed trails to build a portfolio of projects to tackle and have hosted several volunteer trainings, including Crew Leadership and Ambassador trainings, to help drum up a beat of stewardship within communities that are eager to get out and improve their trails. Donate today to support our ongoing efforts to empowering south coast communities to steward their amazing trails. 

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Cape Arago

Cape Arago is a breathtaking section of the Oregon Coast.  In 2020, TKO pledged to increase trail stewardship in this, and other awe inspiring areas on the southern coast.  Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, we engaged in volunteer events, including trail maintenance, Trail Ambassador events, and stewardship trainings both online and in-person.  At Cape Arago and Sunset Bay State Parks we have been lop, lop, lopping all summer long! 152 volunteer hours this summer, mostly on the East Loop Trail that connects to the Pack Trail. This trail was nearly lost to the overgrowth and we are saving it! We also retreaded the pack trail after the spruce trees that blew over last winter were sawed out of the way. 

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Did you know that most of our trail parties are lead by other volunteers? These amazing folks have taken the time to train extensively in first aid, equity work and trail maintenance skills to provide the unique and positive volunteer experience that TKO is known for. With out volunteer Crew Leaders, none of the work we do gets done. In the fall of this year, TKO staff hosted a three day training series with the aim of growing a new batch of volunteer Crew Leaders in the South Coast region. Members of the community came out to learn new skills, give back to the trails they love, and help TKO grow. Your donation helps them to have the supplies and support they need to get more volunteers out on more trails than ever before!

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Latest News

Safety, Fun, Service – becoming a TKO Crew Leader

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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

Two people in hard hats work on their knees to install a piece of decking on a bardwalk.

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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