Cape Horn Preserve Fence Removal and Clean-up, WA


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Friends volunteers will assist with multiple projects including fence removal, shrub pruning, blackberry removal and more.

Before you register, please:

  • Read our updated digital Liability Waiver here. You will be asked to check a box acknowledging you read waiver during registration.
  • Read our COVID-19 Event FAQ here. Friends now requires volunteers to be vaccinated in order to attend work parties. After you register, you will be asked to present proof of vaccination.

Project Description

The Cape Horn Preserve is a stunning property acquired by the Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust in 2020 and is adjacent to the Nancy Russell Overlook. Volunteers will continue with a variety of projects here started in August that improve the site for wildlife and future development guided by the Gorge Accessibility Project. The three tasks we'll focus on is continuing to remove old fencing (the last hurrah!), cutting out non-native shrubs, and cutting back Himalayan blackberry in key areas.

Difficulty level: Easy through moderate projects available. Work includes walking in a grassy field, bending, raking, cutting and moving plant material, using loppers and pruning saws, using a post remover to pull out metal t-posts, rolling wire.

Our project site is right next to where we will park- no hike necessary.

There is also a sheltered barn where I'll set up hot water and a place out of the elements to snack and warm up.

There is no official restroom on site.

What to Bring:

  • Lunch, snacks, and plenty of water
  • Face mask (cloth, paper, or medical-grade)
  • Personal hand sanitizer
  • Work gloves (Friends will also have gloves to borrow)
  • Friends will provide all tools needed (tools are sanitized) but you are welcome to bring your own
  • Tools: loppers, shovel, pruning saw
  • A pack to carry your personal gear
  • Photo/copy of vaccination card

What to Wear:

  • Boots or closed-toe shoes
  • Long durable pants and long-sleeved shirt for working with wire and in thorns
  • Dress for weather: extra layers of clothing in case of wet or cold weather

Schedule:

  • 9:00 a.m. - Be ready to sign in and meet the crew
  • 9:15 a.m. - Gather for a safety briefing and project demos
  • 9:30 a.m. - Stewardship project begins
  • 11:00 a.m. - Lunch break
  • 1:00 p.m. - Work party concludes

Directions:

A confirmation email with directions will be sent out 3-5 days before the event.

Questions? Please contact Sarah Skelly at sarah.skelly@gorgefriends.org or 503-501-6351.