Trails in and around Yachats
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By Jan Brown, Trails Committee Communications Leader & Joanne Kittel, Development Committee and Amanda Trail Leader
One of the great delights of volunteering with the Trails and YIPS! crews is meeting so many people from around the world who are out enjoying our trails – especially during this busy tourist season. Invariably, as we work, people stop to share their appreciation, but also to ask questions about what they are seeing on their journey. “What kind of plant is this?” they ask; or “how were these rocks formed?” or “why is it so foggy here today?” Some answers we know, some we track down for future reference, often relying on the expertise of our fellow community volunteers at the library, the Little Log Church and the Visitor’s Center. We mine the expertise of our Master Gardeners and retired professionals in a wide variety of disciplines. We collaborate with and learn from our colleagues in the National Forest Service, State Parks, Fish and Wildlife, local tribal members and more. Sometime we even find our young YFAP friends know more about nature than we do and have all the answers. The list goes on. Always this reliance on one another reminds us how trails help build community and connections – not just physically but figuratively in so many ways. We are grateful to be part of this community and to share its magic with our “neighbors” who come visiting from near and far.
In July we helped one of our newest neighbors with a special mid-week work event to help clean up and remove hazards from the Gerdemann Botanical Preserve (GBP) public footpath. This path enables hikers to complete a full loop to and from the 804 Trail north when hiking the popular Ya’Xaik trail. Since maintenance of the GBP had been on hold during the transfer of ownership to Andreea, this was a great opportunity to ensure the entire loop is ready for visitors. Many thanks go to the large number of people who turned out to help.
We always look forward to opportunities to acknowledge the dedication and hours of work Trails and YIPs! crews put in year round so we were also pleased this past month to hold our 5th annual appreciation picnic. If you have been thinking about volunteering for trails and YIPs! events, here’s yet more evidence that we are not all work and no play! Suffice to say a very good time was had by all.
Another “no work” opportunity coming up this month is a talk by author Connie Soper offered through the Yachats Academy of Arts and Sciences. After meeting Connie at a recent international trails conference, Trails Committee Chair Lauralee Svendsgaard invited her to come speak about her experiences hiking the Oregon Coast Trail and recommendations for the best ways to hike it. We hope to see you there!
And finally one reminder for those of you who are currently on the Trails and YIPS! mailing list: On July 6th you received an invitation to participate in an online survey exploring ways the Trails Committee can better serve our volunteers, our community and our visitors. If you have not yet taken the survey, please take about 5 minutes to go through it and provide your valuable feedback. Your voice is important.
YIPS! (Yachats Invasive Plants Subcommittee) News
The primary focus of our war against invasive weeds at the moment is the wetland park area behind the Commons. In our last outing we removed huge piles of blackberry, holly, ivy and morning glory. While some of these plants may be considered “pretty,” they are each, in fact, serious threats to our natural ecosystem. So if you see these in your yard, you can have a big impact by pulling them out and preventing them from spreading afar.
Tansy Ragwort has also recently burst into bloom around town. Being toxic to livestock, it is one of our prime targets now, before it goes to seed. Please help remove it wherever you see it – roots and all – and place it in plastic bags to be sure any seeds that develop don’t spread. If you have questions about these or other invasive species in the area, you can contact Wally (541-547-5474) or Don (541-961-6695) for information.
A word of warning…
Summer is Yellow Jacket season, particularly from now through early fall, and is worst when the weather is hot and dry. If you are out hiking, be aware that these critters build nests both below ground and suspended above ground and will defend their nest areas vigorously against intruders. Staying vigilant as well as keeping your canine companions close while traversing woods and fields could save both of you some painful and possibly dangerous consequences.
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:
August 1st (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Trails Crew work event (Location TBA)
August 13th (Thursday) 6:30 p.m. at the Commons. Author and hiker Connie Soper will discuss her experiences in a program titled “Exploring the Oregon Coast Trail.”
August 15th (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: YIPS! work event. (Location 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
Loren Dickinson, Leader, Trails Crew at 541-547-4559 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wally Orchard, Leader, YIPS! at 541.547.5474 or email@example.com
Jan Brown, Leader, Communications at 541.547.4927 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for brochure on invasive species