Calling for Volunteers on the North Oregon Coast to Serve as Trail Ambassadors | Community

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This spring, Trailkeepers of Oregon, North Coast Tourism Management Network, NCLC Cape Falcon Marine Reserve Program, and Oregon State Parks are launching another season of the Trail Ambassador program to provide North Coast visitors with the information they need for a safe, informed, and a positive experience hiking and visiting the area.

The 2022 Trail Ambassador season will begin on Earth Day weekend, April 23, and Trailkeepers of Oregon is currently seeking volunteers.

Volunteer Trail Ambassadors are stationed at some of the busiest trailheads and beach access points on the North Oregon Coast. Volunteers will have the opportunity to set up at the trailheads and hike the trails on weekends during high season. Volunteers will engage with the public to answer hike and destination-related questions, promote responsible stewardship ethics, communicate trail conditions, seasonal beach programming and alternative hiking information, as well as direct people to resources such as OregonHikers.org and the Land Manager and Partner. websites.

Arica Sears, assistant director of the Oregon Coast Visitors Association, supported the Coast Ambassador program. She notes, “Trail and Beach Ambassadors provide an invaluable asset to the visitor experience by sharing localized messages and opportunities with visitors. This program supports coastal destinations at a time when agencies are dealing with record visitor numbers.

Trail Ambassadors communicate critical information about trail safety and conditions, essential both to keep people safe and to promote stewardship of our most-visited recreation sites. Staying on official trails, packing trash, being responsible with pets, and knowing other options nearby if the destination is overcrowded are important aspects of the program.

“North Coast trail users have experienced firsthand the positive results of OPRD’s partnership with TKO over the past few years. Our collaboration started with simple trail maintenance and expanded to more complex projects and improvements.

More recently, the Trail Ambassador program has grown in this region and has rapidly improved the way hundreds of thousands of guests view and experience our iconic trails. The unified message of safety, stewardship and education is becoming standard fare during our busiest recreational season and we couldn’t be happier. Welcome TKO volunteers! said Ben Cox, park superintendent for the Nehalem Bay management unit.

The program organizers are looking for friendly, professional, outgoing people who like to inform and help others and who know the trails and beaches of the North Shore. Volunteers must complete online training before registering as volunteers.

There will be an online information session to answer all questions about the program on March 16 at 6:30 p.m. Please register for the information session here.

About the Oregon Trailkeepers

The mission of Trailkeepers of Oregon (TKO) is to protect and enhance the hiking experience in Oregon through stewardship, outreach, outreach, and education. They run the popular hiking resource oregonhikers.org and work with thousands of volunteers each year on trail stewardship projects and Trail Ambassador activities in Oregon’s national forests, state parks and beyond. . You can learn more about TKO’s work at https://www. trailkeepersoforegon.org/.

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