Stewardship volunteers will help with Early Detection, Rapid Response efforts to remove the invasive plant, herb Robert geranium. While this invasive plant is more commonly found throughout the Gorge, it was only a few years ago a hiker recorded sighting of this plant at the Dog Mountain trail. Volunteers will continue to help control this infestation before it spreads further throughout the trail, threatening native wildflowers, including various orchid species in the understory. We got a good start in late May - come join us for our second wave of removal!
Difficulty level: This is a very challenging and steep hike. Volunteers will be hiking about 2.5-3 miles up the trail with about 2,500 ft of elevation gain. While working, volunteers will be carrying bags of weeds, bending, and kneeling.
Level of physical work includes a very steep and strenuous 2.5 mile hike with about 2,500 ft of elevation gain. At project site, we'll be bending, kneeling, using our hands to pull weeds off trail on a forested slope. Site notes: Amazing views! Poison oak along trail we will identify and avoid; we'll be tick aware; walking on uneven terrain. There are pit toilets at the trailhead.
We provide all necessary tools and gloves, however, you are also welcome to bring your own gloves and handtools.
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A confirmation email with directions will be sent out 3-5 days before the event.
Friends Volunteer Code of Conduct
At Friends of the Columbia Gorge, we strive to create a culture of integrity, respect, and inclusion. When volunteering and/or participating in Friends sponsored events, all are agreeing to abide by Friends’ Volunteer Code of Conduct when interacting with others. When we uphold our Code of Conduct, we create spaces that are safe and welcoming for all involved.
We treat others with respect, professionalism, and compassion. We lead with kindness, consideration, and the assumption of good intentions. We respect each other's boundaries. We are aware of our words, emotions, and actions and how they affect others. At Friends, we do not tolerate harassment, inappropriate contact or language, intimidation, threats of violence, bullying, or any other form of disrespect. We do not tolerate discrimination or offensive comments of any kind related to (but not limited to) race, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuroatypicality, physical appearance, age, religion, or other aspects of identity.
We expect self-awareness around behavior, actions, and words that include intimidation or microaggressions.
Questions? Please contact Sarah Skelly at email@example.com or 503-501-6351.
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