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SW Trails is a community group which promotes walking and biking in southwest Portland, Oregon by:

  1. Leading regular monthly hikes
  2. Organizing volunteer work parties to build and maintain trails
  3. Developing new walking and biking opportunities (e.g. the 4-T trail, the Red Electric trail) by working with city, county and state planners.
  4. Advocating for walking/biking
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Metro survey of pedestrian/bike/transit options in SW

Metro wants you to tell them:

  • Where do you want stations to be located along the proposed SW high capacity transit corridor?
  • What SW Portland pedestrian and bicycle projects do you favor?

Metro has posted a survey questionnaire and materials online for you to review and comment: http://bit.ly/stations_modal.

SWTrails has long supported the Red Electric Trail segments west (project 9005 on the Metro survey) and Slavin Road connection to the Hooley Pedestrian Bridge at the bottom of the Tram (project 9007 on the Metro survey).

You can get to the forum maps via the survey or you can go straight there from here and here.

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Owl seen on SW Trails walk in Tryon Creek

On April 12, Lee Buhler led a SW Trails walk through Tryon Creek State Park.  Lee arranged to meet Phil Hamilton in the park.  Phil has become an expert on what is in Tryon Creek by volunteering over 20,000 hours working in the park.  Phil lead the group to where there was a barred owl nesting in a tree.

Barred owl on nest in tree.

Barred owl on nest in tree.
Photo by Don Mickey.

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SW Trails walk May 10

SATURDAY, MAY 10 at 9:00 am

The May 10th walk will be led by Virginia Hendrickson and will take us through the neighborhoods of West Portland Park and Far Southwest. We
will carpool to Barbur Transit Center to begin our hike. We will hike through the West Portland Park Natural Area, to Nansen Summit in
Mountain Park, and then down to Sylvania PCC campus and Lesser Park. Continue reading

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Budget Forum Wednesday, April 9th — Safe Route to Robert Gray School

SWTrails needs your help to urge the Portland City Council to budget funds to construct a key SW 25th Safe Routes to School connection between SW Bertha and SW Kanan, which includes a short bridge over Fanno Creek replacing an exisiting trail that is unsafe to walk on, is muddy most of the year and very steep in locations. It has a failing culvert in the creek, steep slopes on which folks have been injured. It connects the Crossing at Stephens Creek with Robert Gray School, where 40 to 60 students will be able to walk to school if this connection is completed. See more detail below. Come to the hearing to support the low income folks in our community.

Community Budget Forum
Wednesday, April 9th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus
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Snow shoveling and sidewalks

After the snow of January 11, 2014, some homeowners and businesses did a good job of clearing their sidewalks, for example the Barbur Shops on the corner of Barbur and Terwilliger. Continue reading

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Snow and gravel on Terwilliger Bridge

It snowed on January 11, 2014.  The snow was plowed from the street onto the sidewalk. Here is an example on the Terwilliger Bridge.

2014 1 9 Snow Scenes Terwilliger snow plowing good(11) Continue reading

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Heavy rains on new waterbar

On Jan 27, 2014 Greg Hawley of Portland Parks showed SW Trails volunteers how to make a water diversion on the Raz-Baack Crossing trail.

On March 28 it rained alot.  The water was diverted from washing out the trail but it did erode the water diversion channel a bit.

2014 Stephens Crk Water Divert Train (9)Washed out section of Raz Baack crossing

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Raz-Baack crossing under water

The bridge across the Raz-Baack crossing in Steven’s Creek Natural Area was designed so that when it flooded the bridge would be under water.  And that is just what happened after the rain last Friday.

Raz-Baack crossing Stevens Creek Natural Area

Stevens Creek floods the bridge on the trail.

By the next day, the water had gone down and the bridge was back: unharmed, but more than a little dirty.

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Trail work party March 29

Work Party

March 29, Saturday 9am – noon
SW 21st & Nevada Ct.
Gravel is in pile, we need to put down fabric, spread it. Continue reading

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Agenda SW Trails mtg Mar 27

Agenda for March 27 2014 Meeting of SWTrails Thursday 7 pm at Watershed
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes for February 2014 as posted on SWTrails.org website Lee

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