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Volunteer Highlight: OET

February 25, 2014

OPRD volunteers are often responsible for adding extra flavor to a visitor’s experience. We’ve got natural beauty in vast quantities, hiking, biking and camping opportunities for all, but leave it to a dedicated group of volunteers to offer the next level up to our visitors. At Milo McIver State Park, for instance, our equine loving partners at Oregon Equestrian Trails saw an opportunity to take horseback exploration to a new level. Volunteers from the organization rallied together to build training stations for patrons to utilize during their visit to the park. These stations, “a sort of obstacle course that teaches horses and riders how to safely negotiate conditions they might find on a trail,” will provide riders a convenient venue for brushing up on their handling before galloping down the rugged forest trails. Projects like this, carried out in partnership with thoughtful, skilled and dedicated Oregon State Parks volunteers, complete the unique experience we seek to offer everyone who ventures out to the parks. For photos of the new structures, be sure to check out the Milo McIver blog.

The stations at Milo McIver are a first for State Parks, but hopefully not the last. With volunteers like our friends at OET on hand, we’re sure that will not be the case.

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