Close to 20 people stepped outside on New Year’s Day to take a guided hike around Crissey Field State Park.

Harris Beach State Park Ranger Jeff Gallemore led hikers along the wetlands trail, the beach and what he calls “The Hobbit Trail.”

Along the way, he showed the variety of trees, mainly Sitka spruce and wax myrtle, and other vegetation, including Oregon’s State Flower, the Oregon grape.

He pointed out nonnative plants that have become a problem, told stories about how they got here and what efforts are being taken to eradicate them.

Gallemore also told of the airstrip that was once located on the property, which gave the park its name.

The walk was part of the First Day Hikes that happened at state parks throughout Oregon. The Crissey Field event was one of two in Curry County. The other was at Humbug Mountain State Park near Port Orford.

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