Trails in and around Yachats
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By Jan Brown, Trails Committee Communications Leader & Joanne Kittel, Development Committee and Amanda Trail Leader
April’s here and the trails season is ramping up fast, starting with many walkers and hikers in town for spring break from Oregon and surrounding states.
In preparation, members of the Trails Crew, along with Nellie Bell, our first donkey recruit, worked on the Kittel side of the Amanda Trail, finishing two trail re-routes that will substantially increase safety for hikers. Kraig Lindelin, Siuslaw National Forest Trails Coordinator, inspected the work and, citing the great job the crew did in building the re-routes, officially opened the new areas. With the huge reroutes Kraig coordinated on the upper side of the Amanda Trail and the improvements made to the State Park section managed by Doug Sestrich and the natural Resources Crew, the Amanda Trail is in tip-top shape. It is yet another strong testament to the positive coordinated relationship among the City of Yachats, Siuslaw National Forest and Oregon State Parks. A big thanks goes out to everyone who comes together to tackle these projects. The results are amazing!
Don’t forget our next big event with Siuslaw National Forest – celebrating National Trails Day on June 6th. Preliminary details are in the schedule section below and more will be covered in the next issue of this newsletter. In the meantime, mark your calendar for this fun volunteer opportunity.
YIPS! (Yachats Invasive Plants Subcommittee) News
The March YIPS! gathering targeted invasive weeds in the wetland park behind the Commons. We have made a lot of progress in removing ivy, blackberry and holly from the pine forest area to the West of the wetland area. Closer to the wetland, and around the perimeter of the baseball field, there is still plenty of ivy and blackberry demanding our attention. That will be YIPS!’ main focus over the next few months. Once the weeds are out, we plan to plant some native shrubs and trees as replacements.
We hope to see you at upcoming events but in the meantime you can 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:
April 4th (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.:
Trails Crew work event (Location TBA)
April 18th (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.:
YIPS! work event. (Location TBA)
June 6th – 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 into the beautiful Cummins Creek Wilderness area where participants will also pull several stands of Tansy Ragwort. The work session and scenic hike will be followed by a luncheon either at the Cape Perpetua Visitor's Center Deck (weather permitting) or the Yachts Commons Picnic Shelter. If you’ve been thinking about hiking the Cummins Creek area but didn’t want to go alone, this is a good chance to join companions on the trail.
For more information, and to sign up for the mail list, contact any one of us via phone or email:
Click here for brochure on invasive species