Oregon Nature Conservancy seeks volunteers to help with restoration project.

PHOTO :COURTESY OF DOUG KREUZER  - The Sandy River Gorge after previous volunteer work party efforts. The Nature Conservancy in Oregon will be hosting a volunteer work party from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, at the Sandy River Gorge Preserve, to restore the surrounding area by removing invasive plants.

This site, located east of Portland, is an old-growth Douglas fir forest where native wildlife like salmon and otter dwell, said the director of volunteer programs Molly Dougherty in a press release. She said volunteers should prepare for an arduous two-and-a-half-mile hike climbing 600 feet in elevation, and they should dress in long sleeves with pants thick enough to ward off thorns.

Hiking shoes, a pack full of lunch and water are also recommended, she said.

There will be tools and gloves available for borrowing. Dougherty said to prepare for weather changes by bringing rain gear and sunscreen too.

Registration for this event is required through the conservancy's website. To register:

For any questions, contact Dougherty at 503-802-8100 or at her email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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