The Wallowa Mountains Hells Canyon Trails Association will hold its second- annual membership meeting to welcome new members and plan for 2018 activities 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Toma’s Conference Room, 309 S. River Street, Enterprise.
The meeting is open to all.
The group is dedicated to improving the condition of the trails and cultural resources in the area. It is a membership-based nonprofit formed Feb. 13, 2017, and has since grown to over 40 members.
It is part of the Eagle Cap Partnership, which is a cooperative agreement between Eastern Oregon University, the U.S. Forest Service and Wallowa Resources.
In 2017, the group’s accomplishments included conducting 10 work parties, working on more than 26 miles of trail, and amassing more than 1,000 hours of volunteer work. The work performed on trails included removing downed trees, cutting out brush, repairing trail tread and, in some cases, rerouting trails around hazards.
“I’m very proud of our achievements in 2017, with local folks helping out and having fun while clearing trails,” said Rick Bombaci, an association volunteer.
“We’ve had a chance to provide a public service, get great exercise and fresh air, see new country and develop great teamwork. There’s nothing like working together toward a common goal to build community.”
On the agenda for the March meeting is reviewing accomplishments from 2017, discussing project plans for 2018, going over training opportunities, rolling out a new website and encouraging membership feedback and participation, as well as holding elections to fill three positions on the board.
“Our association has attracted national attention, and was influential in helping the Eagle Cap Wilderness and Hells Canyon complex become designated as a Priority Trails Area by the Department of Agriculture,” said Jim Akenson, the group’s board chair. “ We believe this recognition will pay dividends as we go forward in time.”
Members are also invited to attend project planning meetings the first Monday of each month at noon in the Wallowa Resources Conference Room.
Info: firstname.lastname@example.org, wmhcta.org or facebook.com/wmhcta.com.