TKO has been engaging communities in trail restoration in the Eagle Creek fire-affected area of the Columbia River Gorge since 2018 and now have been working in a number of areas damaged by the historic 2020 Labor Day fires. Guided by that experience, we are leveraging the power of partnership to rebuild trails after a wildfire and restore our connection to Oregon’s special places. TKO Crew Leaders, as well as partner and agency instructors, will deliver a comprehensive trails training, providing a foundation of trail design and maintenance skills. We’ve got the fun training all figured out, plus food/refreshments and a beautiful place to stay – get ready to build some trails!
We’ve incorporated a number of safety measures to assess our risk tolerance and methodically solve trail problems when working in fire-affected areas. We aspire to build and maintain trails sustainably and to the specifications set by the land manager’s trail standards. Wildfire-affected or not, whenever we start scouting trails throughout any local, state, or federal lands, we use our “trail eyes” — something you can learn about HERE. With fire-affected areas it’s just a little more complex, with a combination of trail problems that tend to fall into two categories:
We are in a unique opportunity to be efficient and also thorough – performing service that could address each of these categories of damage. While we realize that trails may open once we get the fire-caused hazards resolved, trail closures present a once-in-a-lifetime chance to bring trails “back to spec” or even to make them “better than ever” giving our communities more sustainable, accessible, and enjoyable trails to explore.
TKO’s mission is accomplished through thoughtful relationships with passionate partners and supporters.
Email email@example.com to learn more about how you can help us advocate for Oregon’s trails. Or contact us at:
Trailkeepers of Oregon
P.O. Box 14814
Portland, Oregon 97293