Thank You National Trails Day Volunteers!
Last Saturday, June 7th, The Forest Park Conservancy and REI celebrated National Trails Day with 58 volunteers in Forest Park. Volunteers met bright and early at trailheads along NW 53rd Drive and in just three hours made long-lasting contributions to the trails.
National Trails Day Accomplishments
- Cleared 1.3 miles of trail corridor
- Constructed 250 feet of new trail (Alder Trail reroute)
- Armored 180 feet of Wildwood Trail with rock
Trail Corridor Clearing
Forest Park Conservancy uses rock to restore eroded sections of trail back to their proper levels. This work improves water drainage and provides a pleasant walking/running surface for park users and their ankles.
In the weeks leading up to National Trails Day, Forest Park Conservancy staff and volunteers built a series of rock retaining walls along Wildwood Trail between Lower Macleay Trail and Holman Lane. On National Trails Day, volunteers hauled wheelbarrows full of crushed rock to fill in behind the walls and level the trail surface. Future volunteers will seal these projects will a smooth, compacted gravel layer, which feels great underfoot.
The Forest Park Conservancy could not complete this valuable work without the help of our volunteers and the generous support of our members. Special thanks to REI for donating the snacks, T-shirts, and prizes, to Portland Parks & Recreation for providing additional leadership and material support, and to all our volunteer crew leaders for making each individual project run smoothly.
Volunteer opportunities like these will continue through the summer. Click here to get involved!