Who We Are

The Deschutes Trails Coalition (DTC) formed in 2017 from diverse local and regional recreation stakeholders who came together to provide community leadership and support to the Forest Service in an effort to address escalating challenges to our trail system.  Accomplishing this requires thoughtful development of a sustainable trails framework to tier trails-related decision-making while considering ecological, social, economic, and physical indicators. It also involves cultivating and expanding a culture of trails stewardship among local and visiting public, increasing the capacity of the Deschutes National Forest (DNF) to manage the trails system sustainably, and engaging with the DNF and the public to support thorough project planning efforts that continue to create a more sustainable trails network.  

If you would like to learn more, please read our Strategic Plan and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Policy.

Our Mission:

The Deschutes Trails Coalition is committed to sustainable solutions and advocates for a regional recreational trail system that is ecologically and socially responsible.

Our Vision:

A deliberately designed and sustainably maintained regional trail system where community-wide stewardship acknowledges both the ecological and social limitations of such a system (carrying capacities). Through collaborative strategy, wildlife needs are prioritized, trails are shared equitably among a diverse and growing number of trail users, and a quality experience is maintained, thereby fostering a shared sense of place and community.