What to expect for the day:
This event is a collaboration between BIRDHERS PDX (https://www.birdherspdx.com/) and Trailkeepers of Oregon. We will spend a portion of the day steward the trails as described below, and a portion of the day enjoying the beautiful landscape, walking, and bird watching. Everyone is welcome and no background experience or knowledge on trails or birds is required!
Trail Project Information:
We’ll be installing drainage structures and culverts to divert seasonal runoff from the trail surface, where it can wash away gravel and leave ruts in the trail surface. To do this we’ll be digging ditches with grubbing tools (hoes, shovels, picks), excavation for and placing culverts (picks, shovels, straps, pry bars) and moving rocks and gravel (straps, wheelbarrows, shovels). Many hands make for light work, so invite a friend to register, too!!
There are restrooms on site, but there is not running water. The project area is sunny on a south-facing slope, there is forested area nearby for shade for breaks.
We’ll be hiking in just a few hundred yards from the parking lot to our project site. The trail is gently graded and topped with fine crushed rock. It offers great views of the wetlands, so feel free to bring binoculars for birding during lunch and breaks!
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Directions will be supplied to registrants via email 48 hours before event
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.