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An Interview with Susan Schen

March 14, 2018 Posted by Newsletter, Spring 2018 0 thoughts on “An Interview with Susan Schen”

By Michael McDowell, Newsletter Editor, Trailkeepers of Oregon


Susan Schen grew up in Northeast Ohio among deciduous hardwood forests and, as she says, “not a lot of elevation gain in hiking.” When she lived in Seattle for a year, she “just kind of fell in love with” the Pacific Northwest. She started volunteering with Trailkeepers of Oregon in the fall of 2016 after moving to Portland and is now a trail crew leader. Michael McDowell and John Sparks sat down with Susan on a morning in February to talk about her experiences with trail work.

A woman wearing a hard hat carrying a burned log.

Susan working on fire-damaged trail in the Gorge. (Photo by Megan Zabel Holmes)


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