A Record Breaking Session…

Cascades Job Corps students and staff.

The November 9th session was amazing!

Our “Guest Group” Cascades Job Corps (shown above), with their twelve (12) volunteers put in forty-three (43) hours, that helped set a ‘single session record’ of one hundred and twenty-seven (127) volunteer hours.

The twenty-six (26) volunteers in attendance last session was nearly twice our 2019 session average, checkout the photos.

Cascades Job Corps has really stepped up on our trails project. We trust that their example will help inspire other groups to get involved. Beyond volunteering, donations and sponsorships are possible. Thanks!

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Upcoming Nov. 9th session…

Pictured is the next section of trail being built.

Work on the Pump House Trail continues. Our “Guest Group” will be the Cascade Job Corps students, and the Estep family is again bringing lunch. It will be ham and bean soup, along with homemade mac and cheese.

We’re hand-finishing the machine roughed-in trail (above) and graveling the tread. Our goal is to break one thousand volunteer hours this year, and next year two thousand – as we double our number of volunteer sessions.

We also want to remind you that our nonprofit status has been restored. Please consider making a charitable donation. Thanks!


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Two sessions in 2019 remain…

On Saturday, October 12th work on the Pump House Trail continued. Turnout was up, we had twelve volunteers, on Sept. 14th we had seven. Our goal is to break one thousand volunteer hours in 2019, so in November and December sessions we must do even better…

Our 2020 goal is to break two thousand volunteer hours. To achieve this we will resume our old schedule of the two (2) sessions “most” months, on the second and fourth (2nd & 4th) Saturdays. Exceptions are Summer break and the holidays, shown on our session calendar.

Thank you Leslie and Roger Estep for a wonderful lunch! To see more photos please checkout our gallery.

Our next session is Saturday, November 9th. Please join us!


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It is Fall, so back to digging…

On Saturday, September 14th work on the Pump House Trail resumed. Summer is behind us, the bridge is finished – and we celebrated the bridge and trail opening – so let’s get back to digging.

We had a light turnout at this session, but a great deal was accomplished. To see more photos checkout our gallery.

Our next session is Saturday, October 12th – please join us!


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Ribbon Cutting, Wed. (10/2)…

Again, a special thanks to the bridge build team: John Erbstoeszer, Jerry Granahan, Amos Grey, Gary Moody, James Neff, Lynn Postler, Kinsey Shilling, Art Tuftee, Bret Turner and John Yeager.

The New Bridge Is Done!

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Pictured above, our first bridge user, immediately following final cleanup on the morning of August 27th. We love the new bridge!

It reconnects the historic Northern State Hospital site to the land inmates once farmed. Art Tuftee and Jerry Granahan led the project. Eleven volunteers put in 250 hours, completing it in less than a week. Concept Construction LLC was the contractor, which is owned by Art – with Jerry acting as our crew leader.

Those helping were; John Erbstoeszer, Jerry Granahan, Amos Grey, Gary Moody, James Neff, Lynn Postler, Kinsey Shilling, Jim Taylor, Art Tuftee, Bret Turner and John Yeager. A special thanks to all of them!

For bridge building photos go to our gallery. Building trails isn’t cheap, we hope you will make a donation to help support our work…

Next session, September 14th – at 10:00 am…

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Restoring a “Historic Link”…

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Building the bridge to link County and Port properties is approved. Construction begins next month. This is great news!

Historic abutments exist, so on them stringers will be rested and secured. The railing assemblies (built offsite) will be moved in and attached, before installing decking. It is the same design our volunteers built at Little Mountain Park.

Assembly goes quickly, as you see above. The bridge will restore a historic link, one created over a century ago – that was used by patients.

See our gallery for more photos