Finding Solutions

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THE BULLETIN

Editorial: Find solutions or user access may suffer

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As Central Oregon grows, the Deschutes National Forest sees more visitors each year. That can create user conflicts and the plants and animals that make their homes there. Those problems, in turn, lead to limits on access such as those that are planned to be in place in 2020 in the Three Sisters Wilderness Area.

Members of the Deschutes Trails Coalition are working to ensure forest trails are healthy, sustainable and available to the public. As the number of forest visitors grows, that’s important.

Achieving that goal isn’t just a matter of putting up signs, though the coalition is doing plenty of that. Created in 2017, it already has put money behind its vision. One grant in 2018 went for such projects as footbridges at Ryan Ranch that are built to Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

The bridges open more area up to those with mobility problems. The coalition also worked to put up better signage to divert users from a wildlife closure of the Middle Flagline train.

Other grants have gone for such things a video about how horses, bikes and humans can share trails successfully and more.

Sustainability is what the coalition, which includes everyone from the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to retailers REI and FootZone, is all about. The group’s coordinator, Danielle MacBain, says the group wants a trail system that’s environmentally, economically, physically and socially sustainable.

That may be a tall order. The groups won’t always agree. But as the number of visitors increases, the coalition is a critical resource to get people together to work on solutions and maybe change habits in the forest.

Small Project Grants Update: Peak View Snowshoe Trail and Trail-Sharing Video

The Deschutes Trails Coalition is happy to announce that awardees of our Small Project Grants are moving forward with their projects.  

The Sister Ranger District of Deschutes National Forest partnered with the Central Oregon Nordic Club and the Sisters Trail Alliance in order to construct the first designated snowshoe trail on the Sisters District. The 1.75 mile trail connects Upper Three Creeks Snopark and Jeff View Shelter providing amazing views of the Cascades while reducing conflicts between snowshoers and skiers. The Deschutes Trails Coalition supported the project by funding the new and improved trail markers and signage for the trail. The trail is ready to go and just waiting for snow to arrive!

Our Small Project Grants funded new 1-piece aluminum trail markers. These markers will be more durable and easier to see than ones used in the past.

Our Small Project Grants funded new 1-piece aluminum trail markers. These markers will be more durable and easier to see than ones used in the past.

Hooves and Wheels, an organization comprised of local equestrian and bike user groups, has created a Trail-Sharing video in order to inform the public how to safely and amicably use our local trails. Recently the group produced brochures and trail signage, and their video will continue to enhance and support their trail education efforts. 

Local video production company Wahoo Films capturing trail etiquette between equestrians and mountain bikers.

Local video production company Wahoo Films capturing trail etiquette between equestrians and mountain bikers.

Deschutes Trails Coalition Announces 2018 Small Projects Grant Awards

BEND, OR – The Deschutes Trails Coalition announced awards totaling $60,000 for their inaugural Small Projects Grant program. This program funds trail-related projects within the Deschutes National Forest. The nine projects selected for funding include public education and outreach, tool cache upgrades, and on-the-ground work including: ADA accessible bridge installments, youth crew trail management and maintenance, a new snowshoe trail, key elk habitat protection, trail signage and marking, and raised trail installation and trail repair in sensitive habitat. Project work will occur between August, 2018 and September 30, 2019.

Deschutes Trails Coalition Announces Inaugural Small Project Grants

Happy National Trails Day!

The Deschutes Trails Coalition announces their inaugural Small Projects Grant program for trail-focused projects within the Deschutes National Forest. For 2018, this program will award up to a total of $60,000 for multiple small projects.

The Deschutes Trails Coalition is currently soliciting proposals for trails-focused small projects occurring on, or impacting, publicly accessible trails in the Deschutes National Forest. Project proposals that maintain or restore existing trails are encouraged.

Request for Proposal - June 2, 2018

Small Project Grants - Application