Each year the Agate Festival selects a beneficiary to receive the proceeds from the festival’s raffle. In past years donations have been given to the Yachats Trails Committee, the View the Future Project, and the Little Log Church and Museum, all of which have greatly enhanced the beauty and attractive qualities of our community.
The Yachats Rural Fire Protection District
The Yachats Rural Fire Protection District has been a vital part of our community since 1949, providing emergency services, training, rescue, and safety education to all. The department consists of ten volunteers, four paid paramedic fire fighters, and two paid EMT staff. They provide coverage around the clock, with at least two staff members on duty at all times.
We are pleased to donate all of this year’s proceeds from our raffle to the YRFPD as a thank you for their many contributions to the Yachats community. Monies will go toward purchase of needed equipment.
The Little Log Church
In keeping with the festival’s commitment to preserving and enjoying the beautiful natural environment that surrounds the Yachats area, proceeds from our raffles are donated to local projects that share our goals. This year proceeds will be contributed to the historic Little Log Church Museum’s garden enhancement projects.
The Little Log Church has been a part of this coastal community for generations, first as an active church, then as a museum. Today it houses items pertaining to local history, works of local artists, and is host to many weddings, small concerts, poetry readings, etc. Its lovely grounds attract many visitors. Among the goals of the all-volunteer board of directors are to create a descriptive guide identifying the many native plants and trees on the grounds and to install a memorial walkway that acknowledges those volunteers that have served the Little Log Church and the Yachats community over the years.
The Little Log Church is located at the corner of West 3rd and Pontiac Streets in the heart of Yachats.
Yachats Trails Committee
At one time there were no formal dedicated trails in Yachats until the 16 year legal process began to implement the north and south 804 Trail, under the leadership of Mayor Lee Corbin and Andrea Scharff. Additional trails were created under the leadership of Lauralee Svensgaard and the Yachats Trails Committee members, primarily the Amanda Trail, the Ya’Xaik (Yah-hike) Trail, and the trail through the Gerdemann Botanic Preserve. Yachats is now beneficiary of a comprehensive trails system that has become a popular destination for hikers, walkers, and outdoor enthusiasts.
The trails project receives some funding from the City of Yachats through visitor occupancy taxes, but cuts in the budget due to reduced income from these taxes have affected all recipients of visitor amenity funds. Although there is a good pool of volunteers willing to work on trail maintenance and the removal of non-native plants, many are of ages that preclude heavy physical labor. The committee has been using the services of skilled crews from our local Job Corps and the Northwest Youth Corps, most of whom are in the 18 to 24 year age range, and who are paid approximately $15.00 per hour for their work. The workers are from Lincoln County, and through projects such as these they receive valuable training and experience.
Donations from the Agate Festival paid for maintenance services as well as other uses, such as an infra-red counter that would track usage of the trails system.
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Thank you to all who are donating to this worthy cause!