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TKO’s stewardship grows by leaps and bounds: January – October 2019

December 17, 2019

TKO has continued to be extremely busy in 2019. Here’s a summary of achievements for the period of January through October 2019:

355 work parties — compared to 195 for this period in 2018.
3,042 volunteer days — compared to 1,939 in 2018.
779 unique volunteers — compared to 562 in 2018.
518 one-time only volunteers — compared to 366 last year.
261 repeat volunteers — compared to 196 last year.
Six trail volunteers in hard hats posing above a short staircase on a trail in a wooded area.

TKO volunteers Ryan, John, Terry, Olivia, Mark, and Ted posing at the High Bridge in Tryon Creek State Park. (Photo by Drew Stock)

Work parties in 2019 have involved partnering with the following agencies:

Oregon State Parks

Arcadia Beach
Bridal Veil Falls
Cape Lookout
Guy W. Talbot
John B. Yeon
Milo McIver
Oswald West
Silver Falls
Starvation Creek
Stub Stewart
Tryon Creek


Chehalem Ridge Nature Park
Killin Wetlands Nature Park
Oxbow Regional Park

Hood River County

Punchbowl Falls Park

Oregon Department of Forestry

Tillamook State Forest

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (U.S. Forest Service)

Angel’s Rest Trail #415
Devils Rest Trail #420C
Franklin Ridge Trail #427
Gorge 400 Trail
Horsetail Falls Trail #438
Larch Mountain Trail #441
Return Trail #442
Vista Point Trail #419
Wahclella Falls Trail #436
Wahkeena Trail #420

Mt. Hood National Forest

Clackamas River Ranger District
Hood River Ranger District
Zigzag Ranger District

Siuslaw National Forest

Hebo Ranger District

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

Eagle Cap Ranger District

Portland Audubon

Wildlife Sanctuary Trails

Friends of the Columbia Gorge

Mosier Plateau

The Nature Conservancy

Cascade Head Preserve

North Coast Land Conservancy

Circle Creek

Lower Nehalem Community Trust

Neahkahnie Creek

A trail volunteer in a green hard hat posing by a blackberry thicket.

Volunteer Rachel clearing brush for a new trail at Metro’s Chehalem Ridge Nature Park. (Photo by John Sparks)

Recent events have included:

  • Family Friendly Trail Parties
  • LGBTQ Trail Party
  • Monthly Crew Brews
  • Monthly Crew Leader Study Halls
  • Crew Leader School (Leadership Lab)
  • Crew Leader Mechanized Equipment Training
  • Annual Well-Kept Event to Honor Trail Stewards
  • Tool Care Parties
  • Five #OptOutside Trail Parties on Black Friday (Nov. 29th)
Three trail volunteers in hard hats installing a log retaining wall alongside a trail.

Volunteer Betty (left) and crew leader Art Mills (right) with Parks Ranger John Hilbert working on a new curb wall at Silver Falls State Park. (Photo by John Sparks)

TKO statistics supplied by Kim Kovacs: kim.kovacs@trailkeepersoforegon.org

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