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Waikiki Springs Gets a National Trails Day Facelift

Angela Roth, Conservancy Volunteer Writer

(Reprinted by permission of Inland NW Land Conservancy)

Armed with handheld, earth-moving tools, a group of community-minded volunteers met up at the Waikiki Springs Nature Preserve trailhead for the inaugural trail work  day on Sunday, June 6. 

This day was a long time coming. In the  fall of 2020, Inland Northwest Land Conservancy purchased this 95-acre preserve.  Seven months later, volunteers came together to start turning it into a great place to  enjoy the outdoors. 

Introductions and a safety talk started the  day. Then, everyone settled in to work on the land. The volunteers broke into groups  of two or three and chose different places to  start. Based on skill sets and comfort levels,  they set about the daunting task of turning  rocky, rooted soil into an established trail. 

Before the work party, Todd Dunfield,  Community Conservation Manager for the  Conservancy, had already staked out the  proposed trail width and general location.  Volunteers let the ground “speak to them”  as they set about the tasks of clearing vegetation, digging out weeds and native plants,  moving boulders, and excavating the land  by hand. They aimed to establish a trail that  is not too steep and prevents erosion. When  complete, the trail both preserves the natural environment and allows hikers to enjoy  their surroundings. 

Although these volunteers came from different backgrounds and walks of life, and  they all shared a common goal: to give back  to and support the land they cherish. 

Everyone has a different reason for giving  back, but all share a commitment to leave this world better than they found it. On  Sunday, they worked to make the Waikiki  Springs Nature Preserve a place that every one can safely enjoy. 

These hard-working folks gave hours of  their time & energy, so thank them when you see them. Better yet, join our next work  party!

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