Hood River, OR – Over the past three years, DAKINE, an outdoor recreation company based in Hood River, has contributed nearly $20,000 in labor and contributions to maintain trails located on the Barlow Ranger District of Mt. Hood National Forest. In recognition of DAKINE’s service to the recreating community, District Ranger Mike Hernandez will present Chico Bukovansky, National Sales Manager for DAKINE with a symbol of appreciation and thanks at 1:00 p.m. on July 31 at DAKINE’s Hood River office.
Over a three year period, DAKINE has contributed 840 hours of paid employee labor to accomplish heavy maintenance of the Knebal Springs Trail, Lookout Mt. Trail, and the Knebal Springs connector trail. “Our partnership with DAKINE is an excellent example of government and private enterprise working together as good stewards of the land and for the public common good,” said District Ranger Mike Hernandez. For this year’s celebration of National Trails Day, DAKINE also donated $3,000 for awards and incentives to be presented to other trail maintenance volunteers not affiliated with the company.
“DAKINE is a local business leader in our community whose employees maintain trails used by diverse user groups such as mountain bikers, hikers, and horse people. It has been an outstanding experience working with them”, commented Jim Thornton, Trails Coordinator for the Barlow Ranger District.
For more information about the July 31 presentation to DAKINE, and to find how to volunteer, please call Jim Thornton at 541-467-2291.
source: Mt. Hood National Forest