Workshop to focus on pioneer trails

Area residents interested in the pioneer trails that run through Marion County will have an opportunity to learn how to map, monitor and mark trail segments during a free, nationally funded two-day workshop July 17-18 in Galva.

The event, funded and presented by the National Park Service and the Oregon Califor?nia Trail Associa?tion, will be hosted by the Galva Historical Society in the Galva Community Room, 200 S. Main St.

Linda Andersen, representing the Galva Museum, and Brian Stucky, a local historian from Goessel, will be the local hosts.

The two-day workshop will include both a presentation session and a field session.

During the presentation session, participants will learn about the tools and procedures regarding ?the three M?s? of trail preservation: mapping, monitoring and marking.

In the field session, lessons learned in the classroom will be tested in the field. Students will map and classify a trail segment applying professional techniques and establish marking and monitoring plans.

Preservation training is open to anyone who is seriously considering involvement in one of the three M?s. Participation can range from home-based computer research to field installation of markers. It is designed to offer something for members of all capabilities and interests.

Anyone interested in participating should register by July 3. For more information about the workshop, or how to register for it, contact Andersen at 620-654-3328 or e-mail her at

There is no charge for this program since it is supported by a challenge cost-share grant from the National Park Service?s National Trails System Office.

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