Want to help restore the Gorge? Join the Gorge Trail Recovery Team

    Photos of landmarks in the Columbia River Gorge after the Eagle Creek Fire burned through the region. (Photo taken by Chris Liedle 10-4-2017)

    Want to help restore the Gorge after the damage from the Eagle Creek Fire?

    You're not alone.

    The Gorge Trails Recovery Team independently formed in September 2017 and consists of four organizations including Trailkeepers of Oregon, Pacific Crest Trail Association, Friends of the Columbia Gorge and Washington Trails Association (WTA).

    The team formed as a result of the high level of volunteer interest during the fire.

    The Gorge Trails Recovery Team brings the organizations together, to more efficiently offer complementary training programs and work parties.

    As the Forest Service begins repairs on trails impacted by the Eagle Creek Fire, they will identify project work and the types of volunteer skills needed.

    Their partners in the Gorge Trails Recovery Team will assist by matching willing and trained volunteer crews to the work, providing crew leaders for work parties, ensuring volunteers are adequately trained, and ensuring safety protocols are followed. They will also help with tracking volunteer hours and accomplishments.

    The Gorge Trails Recovery Team is looking for more volunteers and is particularly in need of volunteer crew leaders with trail experience that are willing to step up and help with this effort. To learn how you can get involved, visit these four websites:

    Trailkeepers of Oregon: trailkeepersoforegon.org

    Pacific Crest Trail Association: eventbrite.com/o/pacific-crest-trail-association-mount-hood-chapter-15326589343

    Friends of the Columbia Gorge: gorgefriends.org/firestewardship

    Washington Trails Association: wta.org/news/signpost/gorge-trail-recovery-efforts

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