Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness | Nov. 3-8, 2021
Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness is located just south of downtown Tulsa, OK. It encompasses 300 acres of designated ‘urban wilderness,’ providing a slew of nearby recreational opportunities to the residents of Tulsa. Its dense canopy of hardwoods insulate a feeling of wildness even within the city limits. Visitors are able to explore miles of trails by foot, bike, and even horseback. Nearby residents utilize the trail system for walking, running, and dog-walking, among other activities. The relatively new park has become increasingly popular and, with its very compact nature, has begun to experience considerable impacts from high use. These impacts include trail widening and erosion, pet waste and other pet-related impacts, and impacts to vegetation. For the Hot Spot activation, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Team will be at Turkey Mountain leading a variety of workshops, outreach programs and community events, including opportunities for community involvement.
*Turkey Mountain is located on the ancestral lands of the Osage, Muscogee (Oklahoma), Caddo, Očeti Šakówiŋ (Sioux), and possibly other tribes*
During the Hot Spot activation, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Team led a variety of workshops, outreach programs and community events at Turkey Mountain Wilderness. Leave No Trace partnered with the Tulsa Urban Wilderness Coalition (TUWC), River Parks Authority (RPA), and Herman and Katie Kaiser YMCA for a fun work day. The YMCA, TUWC and RPA provided multiple projects on the mountain for all levels of volunteers. Projects included trail work, new trail opening/closing, trash pickup, cleaning flower beds, pruning trail paths, and more.
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