CHATHAM — Have a hankering to learn to use a hand saw safely? Pining for a pair of pruners? Want to give back to your community while enjoying nature?
Join the Columbia Land Conservancy for volunteer workdays during June.
The first workday takes place June 2 at Greenport Conservation Area from 9 a.m.–noon. Participants should bring water, sunscreen, and work gloves. We may hike up to three miles on uneven terrain, and parts of the Conservation Area offer little shade. This event will focus on making sure the Conservation Area is looking great for Trails Day on June 3.
The second workday is June 21 at Schor Conservation Area in Red Rock from 9 a.m.–noon. Participants should bring water, sunscreen, and work gloves. Trails at Schor are primarily packed earth, and the site is cool and shady.
“Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills and contribute to taking care of our favorite public places,” says Luke Burt, Volunteer Coordinator. “After attending a workday, volunteers can care for the land on their own time in a way that’s meaningful — whether that’s collecting data for a citizen science app or clearing trails of undergrowth.”
Trail Tenders visit a Public Conservation Area of their choice on a regular basis, ideally once a month, to inspect trails for safety and management issues. Trail Tenders will be trained to perform light, routine maintenance tasks such as inspecting trails and trailheads for damaged infrastructure, pruning vegetation that is invading trails, refilling brochure boxes, trash pick-up, and alerting staff of trail issues such as fallen trees or branches that block trails, and damages to infrastructure.
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