Upper McCord Falls and 400 Trail Invasive Plant Removal, OR

Thursday, July 21, 2022

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

Join Friends of the Columbia Gorge for herb-Robert removal along trails within the scenic John B. Yeon State Scenic Corridor.
  • Pre-registration is required
  • Youth volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Each youth volunteer must register or be registered by parent or guardian.
  • Read our 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 is asking volunteers to provide proof of full vaccination. After you register, you will be asked to email a photo of your vaccination card or bring photo or physical card to event.

Project Description

Since the 2017 fire, volunteers have played a huge role here in keeping up with invasive weeds in sensitive habitat along this trail. Efforts here are helping to preserve endemic wildflowers in the Columbia Gorge and enhance biodiversity at this unique site.

Level of physical work includes hiking about 2 miles round trip with about 600 ft elevation gain. We will be walking on uneven terrain along a trail with steep drop offs. While working, volunteers will be carrying bags of weeds, bending, and kneeling. Site notes: There is poison oak along the trail we will identify and avoid. There is no official restroom on site.

We provide all necessary tools and gloves, however you are also welcome to bring your own gloves and handtools.

What to Bring:

  • Lunch, snacks, and plenty of water (we'll eat lunch along the trail)
  • A pack to carry your personal gear
  • Personal hand sanitizer
  • Sun protection - this site is an open meadow with little shade
  • Tick spray if you prefer (tucking your pants into socks works well)
  • Vax card photo and face mask
  • Readiness to meet great people and have a fun day outside!

What to Wear:

  • Boots or sturdy sneakers
  • Long durable pants and long-sleeved shirt
  • Dress for weather: extra layers of clothing in case of wet or cold weather


  • 9:00 a.m. - Check in, meet the crew and safety talk
  • 9:15 a.m. - Hike to project area, herb Robert identification and removal
  • 11:15 a.m. - Lunch break/take breaks as needed along the way
  • 1:00 p.m. - Work party concludes


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 sarah.skelly@gorgefriends.org or 503-501-6351.

Photo by Mika Barrett