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News briefs for Sept. 14

Clackamas County Energy program

Clackamas County is hosting its Energy Stewards Program from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 21-Nov. 9.

The program, which runs for eight weeks, includes a series of three-hour classes and a Saturday field trip. The courses feature presentations by professionals, peer group discussion and community engagement skills.

Topics covered include home energy and water conservation, thoughtful consumption, climate change, renewable energy and green buildings.

Upon completion of the course, graduates are encouraged to volunteer 24 hours using their skills to help teach others.

To register, complete and return an application on the website by Sept. 20.

The class costs $40. For more information, call 503-742-4460 or visit clackamas.us./sustainability.

Barton park trail connection gets grant

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has received a Recreational Trails Program grant award of $117,212 for the Cazadero Trail from Barton to Eagle Creek.

Although this grant is only about 35 percent of the projected cost, the parks department will design and construct that section of the trail, and connect the trail to Barton Park.

Plans for trails move forward

The Oregon Department of Transportation and Clackamas County Parks have hired Murray, Smith and Associates, a consulting civil and environmental engineering firm, to complete design and construction plans to pave the last two miles of the Springwater Corridor. Current hopes are to have plans completed for the trail within the next year.