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Nonprofit organization uses partially burned cedar to make new trails along Mt. Scott Creek.

COURTESY PHOTO - Eagle Scout worker Cody Hinze, 20, prepares a donated log from fire for use as trail edging near Mt. Scott.Rivers of Life Center youth have successfully accessed wildfire-damaged small cedar logs that will serve as the foundation for the "streamwalk" near Mt. Scott Creek.

Jerry Herrmann, project leader for Rivers of Life Center, said that volunteers are needed to help put up new walkways, trails, native plantings and interpretive signage in place through March.

"We have over 4,000 feet of previously constructed trails and new trails that will come together seamlessly to provide Clackamas County residents and visitors with a unique walking and hiking experience and a chance to meet the local waterway creatures, songbirds and mammals," Herrmann said, adding that recycled plastics made into long-term durable signage will serve as educational stations that will celebrate the urban stream.

Clackamas County's Water Environmental Services in 2019 awarded a $20,000 grant to Rivers of Life Center, a nonprofit training organization for at-risk teenagers. The nonprofit integrated, where possible, county corrections volunteers to make positive environmental impacts on creeks near Mt. Scott and Happy Valley.

Work near The Aerie at Eagle Landing event center attempted to restore denuded waterways and landscapes. The county grant funds Rivers of Life's work with nearby Eagle Loft Condominiums and New Hope Community Church to conduct restoration along sections of Phillips and Stevens creeks, and install a native plant demonstration garden.

Herrmann said this project involves the support of Neil Nedilisky, founder of Eagle's Landing, as well as the nearby homeowners and condominium residents who want to participate with at-risk youth and community volunteers. Herrmann said that volunteers are welcome from all over Clackamas and Multnomah counties.

Volunteers are needed on Saturdays and should to call the center for details at 503-260-3432.

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