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Yachats Trails Update
By Jan Brown, Trails Committee Communications Leader
Happy Holidays to all! It has been an eventful year for the Trails and YIPS! Crews and many thanks go out to all the wonderful, dedicated and hardworking volunteers who have accomplished so much. Special thanks too to all the new crew members who have joined in this year.
Our most recent event was to host a two-day meeting of the Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC). ORTAC council members advise the Oregon State Parks & Recreation Commission and the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department on the development of trails and the Statewide Trails Plan. One of their goals is to ensure that trails are established near urban areas as well as in highly scenic and more remote areas. A year ago Yachats Trails Committee chairperson Lauralee Svendsgaard was appointed to a term on the Council. She succeeded in scheduling their quarterly (November) meeting in Yachats, and was able to show them the work we've accomplished. And yes, they were quite impressed, especially given the size of the community.
And coming up next…
Plan now to attend the 4th annual Yachats New Year’s Day Peace Hike!
As an individual you can use this opportunity to experience the peace ever present in our beautiful environment. As John Muir advised: “Climb mountains and get their good tidings, nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine into trees. The winds will blow their freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like leaves of autumn.”
And, as part of the community that takes this journey, you can join with others to acknowledge the need to treat people of all backgrounds and cultures throughout the world with honor, dignity and respect -- knowing that the power of community can build pathways to peace amongst us all.
During this inclusive and energizing community experience, we’ll wind our way from the Commons to the site of the Amanda statue along the Amanda Trail. There we will gather to welcome the New Year and offer our individual and collective blessings for peace on earth. You are then invited to return to the Commons for a community celebration with snacks (including potluck contributions if you like) and beverages – and the highly coveted, and now collectable, commemorative pin that all participants receive following the hike. This year’s design is by renowned wildlife artist and Lower Umpqua Tribal member Pam Stoehsler).
The hike will take place on Wednesday, January 1, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Plan to gather in the Commons where we will briefly review the plan for the day before setting out. The entire round trip is 6 miles so be prepared for a moderately strenuous walk. If, along the way, you experience difficulty, a few private vehicles will be stationed along the route (starting at the south end of the Yachats Bridge) to shuttle participants unable to negotiate the entire distance. Shuttles back to the Commons will also be available for those who prefer not to walk back.
Dress in layers for changeable weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring your walking sticks. The hike will be on both paved and narrow dirt trail surfaces with some stairs and moderate inclines. In the event of heavy rain or wind that would make the trail unsafe, we will walk on a shorter alternate route.
We’ve had perfect weather and a rapidly growing turnout for the previous hikes so we hope you will start your new year on the right foot (so to speak) by joining this always inspiring event. For additional information or questions, contact Lauralee Svendsgaard at 541-547-3640 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
YIPS! News (Yachats Invasive Plants Subcommittee)
The holiday season may be upon us, but unfortunately, weeds don’t take holidays nor does YIPS! With the help of the enthusiastic young folks in the CSC Natural Resource Crews who have been working in Yachats, we have renewed our attacks on invasive weeds at the Prospect Garden and also in the Commons Wetland Park. And thanks are also due to Aaron Duzik of the Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, who has done sterling work in controlling the clematis that was smothering tall trees along Hwy 101 just north of the Yachats River Bridge. Take a look and you will see the clematis corpses now withering in the trees.
Now, we don’t wish to be the Grinch who stole Christmas, but… December’s weed-of-the-month is holly. This is a sneaky one with tough roots, making it difficult to pull unless the plant is just a few inches tall. And cutting the stem doesn’t help either – the plant simply sends up multiple new growths! Holly spreads through seed carried and dispersed by our feathered friends and its prickly demeanor means it has few predators. Left to run wild it competes enthusiastically with native trees.
You can learn more about identifying and managing local invasive plants from http://www.ci.yachats.or.us/weeds/Brochure-weeds.pdf, and if you have questions about weeds, you can call Don (541-961-6695) or Wally (541-547-5474).
Upcoming Trails, YIPS! & 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 and ability so come out and join one or both of these über-friendly crews!
Upcoming events to add to your calendar include:December 7th (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Trails work event (Location to be announced via email to the Trails Committee’s contact list.)
December 21st (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.YIPS! work event (Location to be announced via email to the Trails Committee’s contact list.)
January 1 (Wednesday) – 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.4th Annual Yachats New Year’s Day Peace Hike. Meet in the kitchen at the Yachats Commons at 10:00 a.m.
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