Cascade Volcanoes • Entered by Laurie Kerr on January 20, 2022

Trail Ambassador Program

January 20, 2022

Participants and Hours

Pre Planning hours
Post Admin hours 0.5
Activity Hours 1
Participants 3
Total Hours 3.5

Key Issue: Public Lands Health & Protection
Activity Type: Trainings (WALTS, CAREs/GLOWs, research, conferences, workshops, etc.)
Key Partners: Trail Keepers of Oregon (TKO)
Landscape/area: Mount Hood Wilderness (64742 acres)

Short Description of Activity

Joint Meeting with Trail Keepers of Oregon (TKO) on zoom

Reflection/Evaluation

Three members of CVBB met with Natalie and Barry of TKO to discuss potential partnership in being Trail Ambassadors in Mt. Hood. Currently, 9 trails are under study to provide visitors education about LNT. Trail Ambassadors are needed at both trailheads and along the trails. TKO has an established checkin/checkout procedure as well as COVID guidelines that matches that of Broads national program. Ambassadors use the TKO InReach devices to communicate emergencies and these devices are located at a shed at Zig Zag Ranger Station at Mt Hood and at Rooster Rock State Park. The training is currently in process and hybrid consisting of zoom meeting and in-person event(s). Barb has offered to help TKO with training. TKO ambassadors go out in pairs or more. They have both a liability form and FS liability form in which to sign. The Training involves practice with using InReach, public engagement, Intro to Wilderness Act, LNT, and Orienteering basics. Next steps involve sharing the info with leadership team and setting up dates for both Zoom training as well as in-person training.