WEEK 8: Trailkeepers University – Saw School

Every $1000 raised = a volunteer earns a sawyer certification.

Help us meet our goal this week and win some great raffle prizes!

Donate $50+ and you’ll be entered to win 1 of 2 Patagonia Black Hole duffle bags.

Donate $100+ and you’ll be entered to win a stunning set of PNW themed North Drinkware glassware.

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Bringing Oregon’s Trails Back from Fire & Wind

In 2020, TKO earned the distinction of forming a nationally recognized Sawyer certification training program. This year, the Trailkeepers University Saw School provided over 70 saw related events including 15 nationally recognized Sawyer Training courses. These opportunities have resulted in over 50 new certified sawyers performing saw work all over Oregon. The Columbia Gorge, Mt. Hood National Forest, Portland area state parks, and Sate Parks up and down the coast are just a few of the places that TKO sawyers have been fine tuning their skills this year.

Memorable moments include collaborative efforts between different organizations – coming together to learn from each other and safely restore popular hiking trails from wind storm and fire damage. We dont let these intensive projects go to waste. Heavily damaged sections of the Pacific Crest Trail and the Timberline Trail were used as a learning laboratory for 5 days of advanced sawyer trainings for both crosscut saws and chainsaws meaning more volunteers than ever are now able to tackle the needs of fire and wind damaged trails all across the state.

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Trailkeepers University

Imagine a place you could go to learn about trail design, get continuing education credits, learn how to build a bridge, become the leader you were always meant to be, learn new job skills, and meet trail-lovers like yourself along the way.

That’s the dream behind Trailkeepers University. By engaging with local communities across the state, we aim to build up local volunteerism through stewardship to ensure that every trail in Oregon someday gets the high quality of love and attention that we hang our hard hats on at the end of every day. Join us in making this dream a reality and be a part of Oregon’s growing trail legacy. We can’t do this without you!

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Learning by Doing

We know from experience that the best way to teach someone a skill is to get a tool in their hands and let them experience the process for themselves. This happened to TKO as an organization as we embraced our role as a recovery partner after the Eagle Creek Fire. This philosophy is built into everything we do. As we develop TKU programming with the goal of empowering volunteers to help with recovery in fire affected areas, our Crew Leaders will be passing along the lessons learned over the years. This will happen by getting more tool in more volunteers hands on trails across the state. All of this takes resources to provide and where our amazing donors come in. Your gift makes an impact and brings you into the legacy we are building, together.

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A Message from TKO’s Executive Director

Happy Holidays Trailkeepers,

The TKO Legacy Builders end-of-year campaign is coming to a close on December 31st. We are so proud that this campaign is fueled by a grassroots donor base that builds a kick start of support for a new year. Our approach continues to be that everyone in their own way is a Trailkeeper – giving time, giving passion, or giving dollars. Each of these contributions amount to more protection and enhancement of Oregon’s hiking trails.

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Improving the Columbia River Gorge Trail Experience

From Latourell Falls to Mosier Plateau, TKO volunteers put in 6,171 hours (257 days!) in the Columbia River Gorge throughout 2023 ensuring your favorite trails remain ready to welcome you on your adventures. Read on for fun insight on the wide variety of trails and projects that you, our community, helped us to pursue!

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A large group of volunteers pose with Mount Hood in the background. Image is overlaid by the text "Legacy Builders Week 6, Dec 11th - 17th, Support Mount Hood's Treasured Trails with TKO's Legacy Builders!"

Mount Hood’s Treasured Trails

The Mount Hood National Forest boasts roughly 1,000 miles of trails weaving through popular frontcountry and remote Wilderness, with many areas seeing thousands of visitors in just a few days. To keep these trails well-kept, TKO volunteers dedicated 2,404 hours (over 100 days) to stewardship on Mount Hood – including 3 backcountry service trips!

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