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This very special section of mature coastal temperate rainforest is a sanctuary designed to welcome all who sojourn in the remote area known as the Wild Rivers Coast. Here, your spirit will be rejuvenated. Here, there are opportunities for contemplation, serenity and appreciation of nature. Here, in this seemingly untouched plot of earth, you can be bathed in the wonders of the natural world and rewarded with an inner peace and joy.


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We’ve dedicated this small patch of primal forest to Joanne Ruoff, who committed her life to the land and community that surrounded her. She tirelessly labored on behalf of creating wild spaces and making them accessible to all. She was a hands-on person who took charge and assumed responsibility, always with a commitment to excellence. Joanne was a friend to all, whether they were human or flora and fauna. By her actions, she made our hamlet and the world a more caring and enriching reality.

This trail of Joanne's dreams is her
ongoing legacy.
We mustn't forget Joanne’s passion for our trail,
We must remember her work to carve out the path
Ignoring set-backs and walking toward a goal.
Joanne Ruoff was a beloved member of the Port
Orford community.
She was a dedicated firefighter, a true and giving
friend.
She saw beyond the mundane and saw beauty to
be shared
With delighted hikers of the world.
At every site we hear the echoes of the bagpipes,
We remember the line-up of fire vehicles,
We can see her carefully folded uniform,
We see the sad faces of firemen saluting her,
For whom the bell tolled.
But most of all we remember her involvement in
community.
As a member of the Watershed Council, she
developed the trail map.
She shared her hopes with Parks and Recreation,
She worked powerfully within the system.
We can't forget.

Phyllis Johns

To reach the Nature Trail, turn West off of Hwy 101 onto 14th Street. Turn right, as the drive becomes Lakeside. Proceed about one block. The Nature Trail sign is on your left, and parking is available along the East side of Lakeside Drive next to Buffington Memorial Park.

 

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