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FIre Response volunteer information

Since the Holiday Farm Fire spread through the McKenzie River Valley on Labor Day weekend, many people have reached out and asked, how can we help? Hundreds joined McKenzie River Trust and partners in efforts to get distribution centers off the ground and serving people in need. Many more continue these crucial efforts at relief centers, now moved upriver and managed by the McKenzie Community Development Corporation. But what about the land? Indeed. The longest lasting affects of any wildfire are echoed through the landscape and we know that you, our community, are ready to answer their call. 

McKenzie River Trust is currently working with partners including local non-profits and government agencies to assess and plan for long-term restoration efforts in the McKenzie Valley. We are currently in the planning and resource gathering (trees!) stage, but look forward to working alongside the McKenzie community in 2021 to help reforest and restore these areas which so many hold dear. 

If you are interested in being involved with restoration efforts in the Holiday Farm Fires footprint, please contact Elizabeth Goward, Volunteer Coordinator. 

Become a McKenzie River Trust Volunteer!

We rely on the support of community members like you to help protect and care for the lands and rivers you cherish in western Oregon. 

This critical work simply cannot be done without passionate volunteers working to move local conservation efforts forward. We invite you to join our volunteer team. Either in the office or out in the field, we can accomplish so much more with your support. 

Explore and sign up for upcoming projects using the calendar below, or scroll further and share your interests with us through our Volunteer Interest Form.

We look forward to working alongside you to protect and care for the lands and rivers of western Oregon!

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:

Please note, due to COVID-19, all community volunteer projects are limited to 10 participants total. Pre-registration is required. For more information about our COVID-19 polices, you can find them at the bottom of this page.

Watershed Wednesdays at Green Island

Watershed Wednesday’s at Green Island Join the fun at Green Island every Wednesday morning and help to care for this special area where the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers meet! Each...

March 10th 2021

Watershed Wednesdays at Green Island

Watershed Wednesday’s at Green Island Join the fun at Green Island every Wednesday morning and help to care for this special area where the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers meet! Each...

March 17th 2021

Watershed Wednesdays at Green Island

Watershed Wednesday’s at Green Island Join the fun at Green Island every Wednesday morning and help to care for this special area where the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers meet! Each...

March 24th 2021

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Volunteering During the COVID-19 Pandemic

We value our volunteers and want to be sure you know how we are preparing to keep you safe while participating during the COVID-19 pandemic. McKenzie River Trust staff have put the following practices into place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and provide the safest volunteer experience possible. If you have questions about our practices, please do not hesitate to reach out to us, we encourage your feedback.

  • Volunteer projects are limited to 10 participants. Pre-registration is required.
  • All volunteer projects will take place outdoors.
  • Participants are required to wear a face-covering within 10 feet of others from outside of their households (we encourage volunteers to use a face-covering at all times).
  • All tools are provided and sanitized before and after each event.
  • We are not offering water or snacks and encourage participants to bring what they need to stay comfortable and hydrated.
  • McKenzie River Trust is not providing volunteers with work gloves at this time.
  • All volunteers are asked to do a self-evaluation of their health and COVID-19 risk before participating in any project.