Yachats Trails

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Trails Update
By Jan Brown, Trails Committee Communications Leader & Joanne Kittel, Development Committee and Amanda Trail Leader

Summer got off to a GREAT start with National Trails Day this year. We had a large turnout of hikers on the Cummins Ridge Trail who also took time to pull stands of Tansy Ragwort along the way. Ridding our area of this invasive plant, which is highly toxic to grazing animals, will help keep it out of our neighbors’ fields and pastures where it can do great harm. With both short and longer distance options for hiking, we had something for everyone and were even able to recruit several new members for the Trails and YIPS! (Yachats Invasive Plants Subcommittee) crews. Special thanks go to Linda Hetzler and her team at the Drift Inn for catering the post-hike lunch at Cape Perpetua, and to Dave Thompson, Brian Hoeh, Susan Fox and Kraig Lindelin with the Siuslaw National Forest for their partnership to make this event possible.

Moving forward, we are very pleased to see some of our avid summer crew members back in town after their seasonal getaways. A slightly late welcome back goes out to Don Dour, Cheri Soyland and Loren and Sherry Dickinson. Loren and Sherry are now full-time residents and we are VERY excited to announce that that Loren has agreed to serve as our new Trails Crew leader!

We are also pleased to welcome two wonderful new people to the area. Most of you probably know of the remarkable legacy created by Jim and Janice Gerdemann, and Jerry and Kathleen Sand's love and dedication to the Gerdemann Botanical Preserve over the last eight years. Through the efforts of these four amazing people, the Preserve has flourished and has become one of Yachats’ most popular destinations, offering a quiet haven amid towering and tiny plants from all over the world. So it is with sadness and our very best wishes that we watch Jerry and Kathleen depart to care for family; but also with joy that we can welcome Andreea and Sergiu Ghetie as the new owners and caretakers of the Preserve. They look forward to assistance from the Trails Crew and we will be adding a new monthly work event to help Andreea and Sergiu keep up with the demands of the garden.

One of the things we, as a team, want to track continually is how to add value through the work we do. To that end we’ve recently sent a survey to all the people on the Trails Committee (including YIPS!) mail distribution list to gather input and feedback on what we can do to better serve our volunteers, our community and our visitors. (If you are not yet on the mail list and want to be added, you can contact Lauralee Svendsgaard or other Trails Committee leaders listed below. You have an option to sign up for all notifications or just special events.)
If you have received a survey invitation from us but not yet filled it out, please take just a couple of minutes to do so as we really look forward to your views. Thank you!

And finally, once again The Trails Committee will join the La De Da parade, but this time with some special surprise guests. Still a secret, but here’s a hint: They love trails!

YIPS! (Yachats Invasive Plants Subcommittee) News
First – a big thank you to everyone who turned out for the Tansy Pull last month. We made outstanding progress against this noxious weed. It was hard to decide what location to tackle for our regular outing later in June – with many visitors anticipated for the 4th of July celebrations, we wanted to be sure to spruce up where needed most. With the Whale Tail Park now in good condition, we moved back to the Blackberry extravaganza behind the Commons. It was a productive day indeed as we ended up taking 5 full truckloads of blackberry detritus to the dumpster. While this was one of our more strenuous activities, we always have a range of much easier assignments as well. At this time of year we can use all the help we can get, so if you’d like to give a hand, or just find out more about what the YIPS! crew does, please join us or get in touch with Wally 541.547.5474) or Don (541-961-6695) for information.

Upcoming Trails, YIPS! and Related Events
The Yachats Trails Crew meets on the first Saturday of each month and the YIPS! Crew on the third Saturday, both from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. There are always a wide variety of tasks for all levels of interest so come join in the fun. We guarantee you a warm appreciative welcome and a friendly social get-together to celebrate our accomplishments at the end.  
Upcoming events to add to your calendar:
July 4th (Saturday) 11:00 a.m.: La De Da Parade (no work party today but join us in the parade!)
July 16-17 and 23-24 10th: Annual Marbled Murrelet citizen science survey in the Cummins, 10 Mile and Yachats area. For complete details and to sign up, contact Paul Engelmeyer (541-547-4227 or pengelmeyer@peak.org).
July 18th (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: YIPS! work event. (Location will be announced via email to the Trails Committee’s contact list.)
July 19th (Sunday) 1:00 p.m.: Yachats Trails Committee annual summer picnic. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Lauralee Svendsgaard (contact info below) by July 15th.

For more information, and to sign up for the mail list, contact any one of us via phone or email:

Jan Brown, Leader, Communications at 541.547.4927 or espressobrown@gmail.com

For more information, and to sign up for the mail list, contact any one of us via phone or email:

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