Trails in and around Yachats
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Yachats Trails Update
By Jan Brown, Leader, Communications
Hello August! These days it’s feeling like one endless festival with the streets and shops and restaurants filled with visitors and so many interesting and exciting community activities to choose from!
This month we have a wonderful brand new way to engage those visitors and entice even more to spend time in the area. The new Hike, Bike, Paddle interpretive map and brochure has just been published and is now available at the Yachats Visitors Center. You should run down and grab one now as they are flying off the rack!
Designed to make visitors more aware of the diverse range of outdoor attractions in our local area, this was one of the projects that grew out of the South County Rural Tourism Studio planning sessions, becoming a reality through the joint efforts of the City of Yachats, the City of Waldport and Travel Oregon. It features maps of all the hiking, biking and water trails in a 20 mile area from Beaver Creek on the north to Cummins Creek on the south and extending approximately 10 miles inland. Equestrian trails will also be added over time and a digital version of the map is currently in the works.
This is the first time that all the varied trails in the area have been consolidated into one map so people can see all the recreational opportunities that await them in one place. And even better, it includes extensive interpretive background information including: an overall introduction to South Lincoln County Trails. A stewardship message on Preserving Beauty and Diversity and a series of interpretive highlights covering:
and a resource list along with important safety guidelines.
It took the collaborative skills and expertise of many local individuals to bring it to fruition and the results are absolutely superb! If you are a business owner or vacation rental owner, be sure to pick up a few copies to share with your visitors and guests. It not only gives people a reason to come to Yachats, but many reasons to extend their stay and explore for a few more days. And even if you don’t hike, bike or paddle, this is a wonderfully informative resource for learning more about our magical little part of the world.
YIPS! (Yachats Invasive Plants Subcommittee) News
For the past two months YIPS! has concentrated on tansy ragwort in and around town. It is important to cut and bag the yellow flowers, or better still to get rid of the plant (roots and all) before the flowers open. Fortunately, so far, we have managed to get to the tansy before the flowers mature and the seeds start to blow away in the slightest breeze. We have also found some welcome assistants in the form of the larvae (caterpillars) of the cinnabar moth shown here. We have seen them at Cape Perpetua and alongside Hwy 101 here in town. These little guys hatch out around June, and start feeding on the tansy. Notice how they prefer the flower buds, preventing the tansy from seeding. In a few weeks’ time they will look for a cozy spot on the ground and pupate until next Spring, when the colorful moths will appear and lay their eggs.
Please help remove any tansy you see in town or along our trails, or report it to our weed wizards Wally (541-547-5474) or Don (541-961-6695), who are also happy to answer any questions you have about invasive plants in the area.
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 10:00am–1:00 pm. There are always a wide variety of tasks for all levels of interest so come join in the fun. We guarantee you a warm and appreciative welcome!
Upcoming events to add to your calendar:
As a reminder, our friends at the Siuslaw National Forest are conducting a series of events this summer to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. You can find out more about interpretive tours, lectures and their Artist in Residence program from their News and Events Web page at http://www.fs.usda.gov/news/siuslaw/news-events
August 2nd (Saturday) 10:00am–1:00pm:
Trails Crew work event (TBA)
August 16th (Saturday) 10:00 am-1:00pm:
YIPS! work event. (We’ll take a break from pulling Tansy and our work Location will be announced via email to the Trails Committee’s contact list.)
September 5th (Friday) 3:00pm First meeting of the 2015 New Year’s Day Peace Hike planning committee (TBA)
For more information, and to sign up for the mail list, contact any one of us via phone or email:
Lauralee Svendsgaard, Chair, Yachats Trails Committee at 541.547.3640 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Joanne Kittel, Leader, Development Committee & Amanda Trail at 541.547.3144 or email@example.com
Wally Orchard, Leader, YIPS! at 541.547.5474 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan Brown, Leader, Communications at 541.547.4927 or email@example.com
Click here for brochure on invasive species