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!

Trailkeepers University classes are gearing up to take place across Oregon this summer, 

but the volunteers need YOUR support!

We are sweetening the deal for those who give back to Oregon’s trails this month.

Thanks to our friends at Pickathon, we’ve got a few sets of weekend passes to give away, and the more you donate the more chances you have to win!

Over the month of April, if you give $250 or more in total donations to TKO, you will also be entered to win a Pickathon VIP Backstage weekend pass.

Each week in April, we will host a new raffle for another pair of weekend passes, so if you dont win one week, you can always enter again!

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.

This program is new to TKO and these volunteers need equipment and training supplies. You can help them out by giving 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

A photo of people in hard hats using straps to carry a burned log through a burned forest. Over this image are the words Tread School - Fire Recovery Edition

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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