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Yachats Trails Update
By Jan Brown, Trails Committee Communications Leader
It seemed like beautiful September just whizzed by and now October shows no signs of slowing down when it comes to trails activities. We have lots of needs for volunteers this month plus many fun events, so please be sure to put the following on your calendar early.
October 4th (Saturday) 10:00 am – 1:00 pm The Trails crew’s monthly work session will meet at the Prospect Garden to do maintenance and improvements to the upper portion of the trail.
October 18th (Saturday – all day)
Rainshadow Running will hold its inaugural 30k and 50k Oregon Coast races in Yachats. The 50k runners will start in Waldport with contestants running on the beach between Waldport and Yachats then on to the 804 trail. 30k runners will start at the Adobe Resort. All runners will continue south on the 804, connecting with the Amanda Trail to the summit of Cape Perpetua and looping back to the Adobe. Whew! What a challenge! While we don’t have all details yet, this is a big event and we do know that volunteers will be needed to help that day. Trails Committee leader Lauralee Svendsgaard will notify everyone on the Trails and YIPS! crew e-mail list when more volunteer information is available and we will post details on GO Yachats and the Yachats Community Facebook page.
Because of the race, the normal 3rd Saturday of the month YIPS! work session has been cancelled. Please plan to join the October 25th 804 Trail Ivy Pull instead (see below).
October 25th (Saturday) 9:00 am – 1:00 pm 7th annual 804 Trail Ivy Pull – everybody’s favorite work party! When the original June date was rained out, this was rescheduled to October.
Everyone in the community and beyond is invited. Meet at 9:00 am in the Overleaf Lodge parking lot. Bring weeding tools, water and gloves or borrow loaner equipment at the site. (Of course this is Yachats so be sure to dress for changeable weather.) At around noon, the Overleaf will host a barbeque with burgers, brats and beverages. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. And – in special appreciation of everyone’s efforts – all volunteers who complete the ivy pull will receive day passes at the Overleaf Spa and a chance to win a gift certificate for luxurious spa treatments – and there are prizes for kids as well.
October 27th (Monday) 6:00 – 8:00 pm
State Trails Planning Meeting
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is in the process of developing a statewide trails plan for Oregon. This effort addresses motorized, snowmobile, non-motorized, water and State Scenic Waterway planning components. It also includes a series of issue-scoping workshops held in locations across the state to identify regional trail issues, needs and potential development opportunities.
If you are interested in learning more or contributing to the process, you are invited to a meeting, open to the general public, on October 27th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Driftwood Public Library in Lincoln City (801 SW Hwy 101, Lincoln City 97367)
You can see detailed information on the planning process, progress and goals at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Trail_Programs_Services/Pages/Trail-Plans.aspx. If you have questions you can contact Lauralee Svendsgaard at the address or phone listed below.
October 28th (Tuesday) 3:00 – 5:00 pm New Year’s Day Peace Hike planning meeting – everyone is invited!
Each year the magical Yachats New Year’s Day Peace Hike continues to grow in public awareness and size and we will need lots of volunteers for the 2015 event – from kitchen help to shuttle drivers to hike leaders and more. If you want to assist or have ideas or suggestions, please plan to join this planning session to be held in Room 8 of the Commons.
November 1st (Saturday) 10:00 – 1:00
Trails Crew monthly work session
After thoroughly relaxing at the Overleaf Spa (thanks to our Ivy Pull day passes – right?) we’ll get back to work doing fall pruning and plantings in locations to be determined. Updated info will be sent to the Trails crew e-mail and YIPS! mail list when available.
YIPS! (Yachats Invasive Plants Subcommittee) News: First, we’d like to extend heartfelt best wishes to Barbara Frye and Bette Perman, two of our long-time team members, who were married in September after being together for more than 30 years. Congratulations and the warmest of wishes on this joyous occasion!
Over the past month, YIPS! volunteers have continued work on the Whale Tail Park. Morning Glory is the most recent target of our efforts along with ever-lurking Ivy. Concurrently we’ve made good progress on Ivy and Blackberry in the wetlands forest area behind the Commons. A small crew also took the ivy fight to the Devil’s Churn area this past month in an ongoing effort to rid our area of this invasive adversary so that natural habitat can be restored. Thank you YIPS! volunteers!
If you have any questions at all about weeds, contact our weed wizards Wally (541-547-5474) or Don (541-961-6695), who are always happy to answer any questions you have about invasive plants in the area.
For more information about any of these topics, and to sign up for the Trails Crew and YIPS! mail list, contact any one of us via phone or email:
Click here for brochure on invasive species