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Yachats Trails Update
By Jan Brown, Trails Committee Communications Leader

It has been a busy and productive summer for the Yachats Trails and YIPS crews. A big thank you goes out to all of you who have shown up to help when you can, (even on days when your own property is desperately vying for your attention).

With celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act in full swing, many visitors have been hiking the Amanda Trail between Yachats and Cape Perpetua to take part in these events. One of the highlights has been the Artist-in-
Residence program set up by the Siuslaw National Forest. Artist Margie Lopez-Read has been painting scenes from the area all summer and now her work is being auctioned and sold at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center. Proceeds will be donated to Siuslaw nonprofit interpretive partner Discover Your Northwest with funds, in turn, being used to cover expenses for another artist-in-residence to serve future generations.
You can learn more about the program at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/siuslaw.

Paintings are on display now and the auction closes on September 6th so be sure to take a look and also plan to attend the grand finale of the season’s Wilderness Act anniversary celebrations taking place at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center from 1:00-3:00 on the 6th.
Next on the calendar is planning for the 5th Annual Yachats New Year’s Day Peace Hike. What?!!! Thinking about January 2015 already??? Yup. Each year the Peace Hike has grown significantly in interest and size and we will need lots of volunteers – from kitchen help to shuttle drivers to hike leaders and more so put it on your calendar now. We have already cleared out large sections of the Amanda Grotto to make more room for participants and the first meeting of the Peace Hike planning committee will take place on September 5th, from 3:00-5:00 at the Commons. If you have ideas or suggestions for the hike, now is the time to join in the planning and get involved.
YIPS! (Yachats Invasive Plants Subcommittee) News
After several months of vigorously assailing evil Tansy Ragwort in town and afield, we switched gears for our last YIPS! outing, working instead on our community’s beloved Whale Tail Park. Over time, with advice and generous contributions from local gardeners, energetic help from the Northwest Youth Corp. and many hours of YIPS! crew members pulling weeds and planting flowers, the park has been transformed from an overgrown blackberry/ivy patch to a place of beauty. Thank you to all who turned out to help during the last event to spruce things up and keep the sneaky ivy at bay.

And speaking of ivy… we are still hoping we will be able to reschedule our eighth annual 804 Trail ivy pull, which was postponed this summer due to poor weather. This event, co-sponsored with the Overleaf Lodge and Spa, SOLVE and Dahl Disposal Service, is always popular so we hope to have more news on an alternate date soon.

If you have any questions 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.

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 and appreciative welcome!  

Upcoming events to add to your calendar:
September 5th (Friday) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
trail914First meeting of the New Year’s Day Peace Hike committee (Commons).
September 6th (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Trails Crew work event (TBA)
September 20th (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: YIPS! work event. (Location will be announced via email to the Trails Committee’s contact list.)

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 lsven@peak.org
Joanne Kittel, Leader, Development Committee & Amanda Trail at 541.547.3144 or jnkittel@peak.org
Wally Orchard, Leader, YIPS! at 541.547.5474 or worchard@peak.org
Jan Brown, Leader, Communications at 541.547.4927 or espressobrown@gmail.com

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