The entirety of the 7.5 mile trail—and more importantly the cliffs and slopes above it—suffered high severity burns in the Riverside Fire of 2020. It also suffered from the same windstorm that fueled the fire, though of course the damage is intertwined. Fifteen months of rain, snow, freeze/thaw, and torpedoing windfalls onto fractured cliff faces, hydrophobic soils, and steeply-inclined and loose talus have left us an extremely challenging and dangerous rehabilitation challenge. The terrain and post-fire-associated geomorphological changes are very similar (and as challenging) as those posed in the aftermath of the Eagle Creek Fire.
Please be aware of your capabilities and limits before registering for this event. If you have any questions please contact Elaine Keavney (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We will be doing a variety of tasks on these trail parties, including brush or rock removal and re-establishing the trail corridor as needed. The saw team should be ahead of us, but we may need to remove smaller logs. Distance to the work site is currently about 1.5 miles from the trailhead, but will inrease weekly.
Potential cancellation: Please watch for updates as late as 7AM the morning of the event, we will not host the event if the weather is not safe for our team.
**You will be asked to electronically sign the e-waiver for this event, provide proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test result, and perform a self-assessment health screening within the 24 hours preceding the event.** The crew leader for this event will verify that you have completed these requirements at the trailhead safety talk before the trail party begins. The registration confirmation and pre-event emails will contain further details and links.
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We will meet at the bridge going over Fish Creek, just off of Hwy 224. This is about 18 miles from Estacada. Detailed directions will be provided to registrants in the pre-event email. Allow 20-30 minutes to arrive at the meeting place once you leave Estacada.
LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: TKO recognizes that the trails we work on travel through the traditional lands of many Indigenous tribes. In every corner of what we now call Oregon, these people were forced to cede their land, their home, to the US government at various times from 1853 – 1871. We are privileged to be here today and we express gratitude to these tribes and their descendants for being the original and continuing stewards of these spaces.
EQUITY & INCLUSION: TKO seeks to make Oregon’s trails a place where people can go to connect with nature & one another. Not everyone feels safe or welcome in the outdoors due to issues that include racism, bias, and hate. We commit to being part of the solution to this problem and to enact change. Conduct, speech, or expressions that target any individual or group will not be tolerated by TKO, regardless of whether they are based on age, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, geographic origin, language, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status.
PERSONAL SAFETY: Your physical and emotional safety is our number one priority. If a person’s actions or comments make you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, you may: interrupt directly, tell a crew leader, and/or inform TKO staff via the post-event survey.