Wilhoit Springs is a small Clackamas County Park near Molalla, with a natural mineral spring and a very interesting history. The park has a meadow that is very popular with bird watchers. The main project will be to construct a short (1/4 mile) trail in a stand of woods behind the meadow. This will give visitors a walking space while keeping the meadow preserved as wetland. There will be viewing areas for bird watchers.
We will also be removing sod and improving existing user trails in another nearby area of the park, near the mineral springs.
All of these trails will be covered with chip material.
Hiking distance is negligible.
You should plan to participate in this trail party for its entirety. For safety reasons, please do not arrive late or expect to be able to leave early.
**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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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 descendents for being the original and continuing stewards of these spaces.
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