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Trailkeepers of Oregon maintains pathways and builds new ones in numerous places.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Milo McIver State Park Ranger John Hilbert and Trailkeepers of Oregon volunteers Elaine Keavney and John Sparks work on the parks Maple Ridge Trail last summer.

Visitors to Milo McIver State Park may have noticed groups of volunteers working on the park's trail system.

During recent years, Trailkeepers of Oregon has completed several projects at the state park in Estacada, including work on the Maple Ridge Trail and building the Viewpoint Trail and a second unnamed trail.

Trailkeepers of Oregon is involved with a variety of conservation projects in the Portland Metro Area, Columbia River Gorge and Oregon Coast, among other locations across the state. In 2018, 1,794 volunteers from the nonprofit group cared for 138,219 feet of trails.

Those involved with the organization noted that their work has expanded in recent years.

"We work quite a bit on the north and central (Oregon) coast, and we're branching out," said Elaine Keavney, a member of Trailkeepers of Oregon's Board of Directors. "We have two week-long trail parties planned in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, and we had our first work party at Silver Falls."

Trailkeepers of Oregon strive to maintain and restore established trails, build new ones and promote stewardship and education.

"Everyone is a steward, really," Keavney said. "Preserving the environment that is the trails helps the trails be for everyone."

Keavney noted that the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge led more volunteers to participate with the group.

"There was so much interest in Gorge recovery," she said. "The fire, as bad as it was, really put us on the map."

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