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Klamath Trails Alliance

TRAIL NEWS 
August 2020

Spence Fire Update 

We are very thankful for the quick response by Oregon Department of Forestry and participating agencies that held the Spence fire to only 83 acres. The fire started on Wednesday, July 15th and was 100% contained in five days.  

As you can see by the map much of the fire burned east of South Ridge trail and down the east slope. We were very lucky that the wind was blowing this direction.

Temporary trail repairs have been completed and all trails are open with the exception of Queen of the Lake. Permanent repairs will happen later this fall after we get moisture in the dirt.  Most of the trail damage on South Ridge trail came from dozer cut fire lines that did their job at containing the fire.  In total about half a mile of the South Ridge trail had to be rebuilt. Unfortunately, Queen of the Lake will remain closed until further notice.  Safety concerns include weakened trees falling and rocks dislodging on the steep side slope above the trail.  Just last week a large tree on the steep side slope came crashing down likely due to wind.  

It appears the fire was human caused and started about 2 miles up the South Ridge trail.  

For more details on the fire you can read an excellent recap by Alex Schwartz from the Herald & News “The aftermath of wildfire; Spence Mountain trail system burns”. 

Trail Maintenance 

July was another big month for trail maintenance thanks to the effort of many dedicated volunteers. In total there were 26 work days generating 243 hours of trail maintenance!  So far this year we have tallied 856 hours over 106 days.  

Highlights of June:
Moore Park - 40 hours, weed trimming, brushing
Spence Mountain - 75 hours, fire rehab, brushing, raking
High Lakes Trail - 62 hours, brushing, reconstruct drainage, log-out, liter patrol 
Mt McLoughlin Trail - 44 hours, cleared downfall

If you are doing trail maintenance we ask that you post your hours on KTA's Trail Work Log on our website.  This will help us track volunteer hours and is especially important when applying for grants as it shows community support!  Note, you should add time spent driving to the trail location in addition to the work being performed.  Also, if you are interested in joining trail maintenance please sign-up on KTA’s Meetup for notifications of upcoming events.  

Fallen Giant at Brown 

 

Check out the size of that old growth downfall… it is humongous!  The tree was discovered by KTA members who were riding Brown Mountain recently.  Just for kicks they posed with their mountain bike on top to show the size.  Two of KTA’s best sawyers came to the rescue, one with a chain saw and the other with a cross cut saw.  It took both tools to tackle the job. They have encountered many downfalls, although this has to be the record so far.

Fred Meyer's Community Rewards & AmazonSmile Helps KTA!

 
If you shop at Fred Meyer or Amazon you could be helping KTA with your purchases. There are “no strings attached” other than having to set-up an online account if you don’t have one.  
A frequently asked question about the Fred Meyer charity program is whether you lose your reward points by naming a charity.  The simple answer is NO. Here is a link to the frequently asked questions and information on how to link your rewards card. Last year we had 11 households that named KTA (organization number: CH538) as their non-profit generating $45 in donations per quarter.  

 
AmazonSmile is also simple to set-up. Click this link to support of Klamath Trails Alliance or this link for more information.  With Amazon you will need to place your order on the AmazonSmile site in order in to generate contributions back to KTA.

How to Become Involved with the KTA


Visit KTA's website or our Facebook page for more information on projects and events. Consider joining or renewing your membershship today!  Individual memberships start at only $20 per year.  These funds support trail maintenance, promotion, new trail development and the resources needed to keep us up and running as a non-profit organization!  Email Info@klamathtrails.org to join the mailing list for updates.
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