The Sisters Trails Alliance is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to connect people and communities to each other and their natural surroundings. We plan, build and maintain multi-user, non-motorized trails in and around Sisters, Oregon.  

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High Cascades Forest Volunteers Fall Training Event

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 8 AM – 5 PM


Location: Oakridge GOATS
76248 Industrial Park Way, #2, Oakridge, Oregon 97463

Come on out and hone your skills or learn new ones.  Are you a new chainsaw or cross cut sawyer or would you like more mentoring?  Would you like to learn how to manage a saw?  Want to learn about power brushing? Crib wall construction? Are you a Forest Service volunteer needing CPR or first aid?  If so, come join us.  

Any Willamette National Forest group affiliated or new volunteer is welcome.  Many groups across the forest will be involved, including GOATS, Scorpions, and Salamanders.  Radio training will be offered as well, and there is one spot still available for a crosscut sharpening workshop.  

Space is limited so as to allow small numbers for saw mentoring.  Preference will be shown to new sawyers.  No saw certifications will be offered during this training.


THANK YOU to EVERYONE who came, participated in and volunteered at the Peterson Ridge Trail Celebration!

Thursday September 19th    7pm at Sisters Fire Station Community Room 301 S Elm St. Sisters, Oregon

The Sisters Trail Alliance is pleased to present Jon Nelson, Curator of Wildlife at the High Desert Museum as part of our 2019 Bjarne Holm Speakers Series. 

  Jon Nelson is the Curator of Wildlife at the High Desert Museum.  He oversees the daily care, training, and public presentation of a diverse collection of animals that cannot survive in the wild and are utilized for public education Jon’s background includes a B.S. in Natural Resources from OSU Cascades and in addition to his work at the museum he has done field biology throughout the High Desert including projects with the USGS studying the impacts of lead poisoning on raptors, and published research on behavioral relationships between golden eagles and common ravens.                             Jon plans to talk about the wildlife collection at the museum, particularly how they work with and train the animals using integrated techniques based on operant conditioning. “Training is used to encourage animals to participate in their own care, empowering them to make choices about participation which maximizes their welfare in captivity and allows us to also enhance the educational experience for our visitors.”

County seeks 2019 Big Chainring Award nominees

NEW CXT Toilets have been installed by the Forest Service at Whychus Overlook Loop

Allingham Trail Skills College

The Pacific Crest Trail Association, The High Cascade Forest Volunteers, Oregon State Parks and the Willamette  and Deschutes National Forests invite you to attend the annual volunteer training weekend.  The sessions offered are designed to train new and returning volunteers.  The training weekend offers the opportunity to meet other people who are interested in working to provide quality recreation experiences for forest visitors. Register here

Volunteer Opportunities coming up!

The Sisters Stampede returns for its 10th year on Sunday, May 26! There are a variety of volunteer opportunities to support the event beginning on Saturday with registration and packet pick-up, day of event course support and post-event trail evaluation and repair. There is an STA aid station providing support at the midpoint of the course. We'd like to the event organizers to know how may STA folks volunteered. In the comments section, please feel free to identify yourself as representing STA. To volunteer,

The Sisters Rodeo Parade rolls along again on Saturday, June 8! The Sisters Rodeo Parade is always a festive event for STA to show its community spirit. We have equestrians, trail dogs, trail goats, cyclists, trail adopters and more in our line-up for the parade. Participants will get a free T-shirt donated by Your Store. If you are interested, please email here for more information. The parade begins at 9:30, the participants begin gathering at 8:30.

The Crest the Cascades reaches the summit of the Old Mckenzie Pass on Saturday, June 15! The Crest the Cascades road bicycle ride is sponsored by SPRD and supported by STA. It is the last weekend of car free riding on the Old Mckenzie Pass. Volunteers are needed for registration and packet pick-up, course support at aid stations, sign set-up and clean-up, and lunch set-up and clean-up. Volunteers will get a free T-shirt! To volunteer for Crest the Cascades, please email here

Central Cascades Wilderness Strategies Update

Please click below for the Final Decision Notice for the Central Cascades Wilderness Strategies Project. 

Get Involved!

The Sisters Trail Alliance is always looking for individuals passionate about trails and people who want to see Sisters' Trails developed responsibly. Become a member and support trail projects by helping fund trail work or by volunteering your time to build trails and help form the vision of Sisters area trails.

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Please report your volunteer hours here, High Cascades Forest Volunteer Work Report Form.

Sisters Trails Alliance is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to connect people and communities to each other and their natural surroundings. The organization maintains the Peterson Ridge Trail System, hosts an annual speaker series and supports various trail-related activities and events throughout the year.  P.O. Box 1871, Sisters, Oregon 97759, 541-719-8822

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