Trails in and around Yachats
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By Jan Brown, Trails Committee Communications Leader & Joanne Kittel, Development Committee and Amanda Trail Leader
Every month I think, oh yes! THIS is the very best month for being out on our local trails! But in truth, it’s hard to beat May and June. That’s one of the reasons the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day will be celebrated on June 6th. This day is celebrated in many ways around the country with a goal of promoting healthy living, protecting green space and reinforcing the importance of trails to local communities. (You can find out more about the national effort online at http://www.nationaltrailsday.org/.)
Locally, National Trails Day activities will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Cape Perpetua Visitor’s Center. In collaboration with our friends and colleagues from the Siuslaw National Forest, there will be a hike along the Cummins Ridge Trail into the beautiful Cummins Creek Wilderness area. There, participants who wish to will also spend time pulling several stands of Tansy Ragwort, an invasive plant species that is toxic to many grazing animals in the area. The work session and scenic hike will be followed by a free luncheon (for participants who RSVP) at the Cape Perpetua Visitor's Center Deck (weather permitting) or, in case of rain, the Yachats Commons Picnic Shelter. If you’ve been thinking about hiking on Cummins Ridge, but didn’t want to go alone, this is a great chance to join companions on the trail.
If you would like to carpool from Cape Perpetua to and from the Cummins Ridge trail and/or attend the lunch following the hike, you must RSVP by May 30th to Joanne Kittel at 541.961.8374 or firstname.lastname@example.org or to Susan Fox, from the Forest Service, at email@example.com. Note that cups of water will be available for hikers, but you are encouraged to bring your own water bottle to reduce the number of plastic bottles used overall. Also, as always, plan to dress in layers for changeable Oregon weather.
If you want to hear more information about all the events of the day you can tune in to KNPT AM1310 at 9:00 a.m. on June 2 where host Kiera Morgan will interview Yachats Trails Committee Development Leader Joanne Kittel, Cape Perpetua Visitor Center manager Brian Hoeh and Paul Engelmeyer, Cape Perpetua Foundation and Audubon Manager for this area on plans for the day and this summer’s activities at the Cape.
Something else to look forward to this month will be an article on the Amanda Trail in the May 8th Discovery magazine insert in the Eugene Register Guard. This popular publication is used by many to plan summer vacation destinations so if you have renters or guests visiting your home this summer be sure to keep a copy handy for them to explore.
YIPS! (Yachats Invasive Plants Subcommittee) News
YIPS! continues its work against invasive weeds, mostly blackberry, in the Yachats Community Park behind the Commons. Blackberry thickets have been growing unchecked there for many years, so we have a lot to catch up on. Along the way we also deal with holly, ivy, morning glory and any other undesirables that get in our way. Once everything is cut into manageable lengths and stumps are dug out, the debris goes into the large brush dumpster at the waste water treatment plant.
Our progress has been great due to outstanding citizen volunteers but the more the merrier! Come and join us on the third Saturday of every month. You can also find out more about YIPS! and/or weeds by contacting Wally (541-547-5474) or Don (541-961-6695), who are always happy to answer any questions.
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:
May 2nd (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.:
Trails Crew work event (TBA)
May 16th (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.:
YIPS! work event. (TBA)
June 6th – National Trails Day
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Click here for brochure on invasive species