Dedicated to stewardship, education, community, and quality trail experiences throughout the Oregon Timber Trail corridor.
The Oregon Timber Trail Alliance is founded on four key tenets:
Develop a strong appreciation for Oregon’s natural and cultural landscapes. Foster respect for the state’s diverse history, environment, and public lands. Show people what a remarkable countryside we live in and instill in them a desire to maintain and protect it. The OTTA is committed to maintaining a quality trail experience along the OTT corridor by collaborating to host trail work events, identifying need areas, and developing action plans to create better trail experiences for all trail users.
With stewardship comes a desire to help and share the resource. The OTTA is committed to creating a growing community of invested forest users by providing skills classes, wilderness medical training, and courses in trail building and maintenance. The OTTA is dedicated to educating our user base around the world as well as engaging the local communities the OTT corridor passes through. With outreach and education the OTTA can create trail stewards for generations to come.
Without community, values are forgotten and lost. The OTTA strives to build community among its own ranks as well as reach out to the young generations of local communities across the state and invest in their health and future as public land stewards and recreationalists.
Why we do what we do. The OTTA is committed to preserving and creating backcountry singletrack trail experiences along the OTT corridor. The backcountry cyclist is not only looking for a well-designed and well-maintained trail, but an un-molested landscape to travel through while experiencing diverse ecosystems and rich cultural history. Access, trail connectivity, conservation, and public land preservation are paramount to the sought experience of the OTT rider.
The Oregon Timber Trail Alliance
Already, in the first few months of existence the Oregon Timber Trail Alliance and its board members have:
- Engaged and solicited feedback from four National Forest offices and over 100 route stakeholders
- Coordinated 13 days of trail maintenance across the state in 2017, logging almost 1,000 volunteer hours in June alone
- Worked with 40 eighth-grade students at Springwater Environmental Sciences School to develop a guide to cultural and natural history along the Oregon Timber Trail
- Partnered with the Willamette National Forest to certify 20 new chainsaw sawyers for trail maintenance
- Scheduled an intensive 3-day bike-specific Wilderness First Aid and CPR course
- Hosted a beginner bikepacking class and overnight that educated users on responsible trail ethics like Leave No Trace
- Developed a thorough 12,000 word route guide tailored to responsible use of the route’s resources
- Reached out to scout troops and Latino community organizations in order to introduce diverse communities to bikepacking recreation
- Worked with the US Forest Service to identify specific ecologically sensitive areas and monitor for impact
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