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Recreation Trails Advisory Council
Recreation Trails Designation
Introduction
Oregon has an international reputation for exceptional scenic beauty and excellent outdoor recreation opportunities. An extensive, statewide network of scenic trails showcases and provides access to Oregon’s outstanding natural features including rivers, mountains, waterfalls, and the Pacific Ocean. Oregon’s regional trails connect recreation sites, schools and services, provide alternative transportation routes and also highlight the state’s natural beauty.
 
The Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) invites trail proponents to join in the vision of a statewide system of designated Scenic and Regional Trails that will showcase exceptional trail experiences. This handbook serves as a guide for the Oregon Recreation Trails Designation Program (Program).
 
What is an Oregon Scenic Trail?
An Oregon Scenic Trail is a non-motorized trail that provides access to outstanding scenery and lasting memories for users. Those routes chosen for Oregon Scenic Trail designation provide access to national, state or regional scenic resources of superlative quality and splendor and articulate the essence of what is “Oregon”. They may be a single trail or combination of trails, over one mile in length, and must be open to the public and substantially complete. Scenic Trails lie on public lands or public rights-of-way or easements. 
 
What is an Oregon Regional Trail?
Oregon Regional Trails are non-motorized trails that provide close-to-home recreation opportunities while connecting communities, recreation sites, schools and other destinations and/or to other significant trails. Regional trails are over five miles in length, open to the public, substantially complete, and lie on public lands or public rights-of-way or easements. 
 
Why seek Oregon Scenic or Regional Trail designation?
Those trails receiving state Scenic and Regional designation:
  • are identified as among the elite Oregon trail experiences;
  • display iconic signage indicating the state designation and status;
  • receive enhanced marketing and promotion by OPRD and other entities;
  • increase awareness of trail for tourism, fundraising and volunteer recruitment;
  • provide economic stimulus for local communities; and/or
  • may be eligible for additional points in various grant programs scoring criteria
Oregon Recreation Trails Designation Handbook 
Designation Proposal Form 
 

Oregon Scenic Trail logo Oregon Regional Trail logo 
 

ORTAC
Lead In
Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council
 
The Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) was established in 1971 as part of the Oregon Recreation Trails System Act.  The impetus of the act was to provide for the ever-increasing outdoor recreation needs of an expanding resident and tourist population and to promote public access to the outdoor gems of Oregon. 
 
The Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) consists of seven members, at least one from each congressional district and not less than two members from separate counties bordering upon the ocean shore.  Members of the Council are appointed by the OPRD commission, serve at the pleasure of the Commission for four-year terms, and are eligible for reappointment.
 
ORTAC is advisory to the Commission and the Department on subjects related to non-motorized recreational trails.  They advise on the development of trails and the Statewide Trails Plan to ensure trails are established both near the urban areas of this state and to the highly scenic areas more remotely located. 
 
ORTAC designates state significant trails to highlight the best urban and scenic trails in Oregon. Members of the Council may serve on a variety of other OPRD committees responsible for reviewing grant-funding proposals and developing statewide plans.

Council Members
Members
 Congressional District 1
 Raymond Amsinger II
 County: Yamhill
 Term Expires:
 November 13, 2011
 1st Term
 Congressional District 2
 Kent Howes
 County: Deschutes
 Term Expires:
 November 13, 2013
 1st Term
 Congressional District 3
 Nancy Ream Enabnit (Vice Chair)
 Term Expires:
 November 13, 2011
 1st Term
 
 Congressional District 4
 Chuck Solin (Chair)
 County: Lane
 Term Expires:
 November 13, 2011
 2nd Term
 Congressional District 5
 Terry A. Wheeler
 County: Marion
 Term Expires:
 November 13, 2013
 2nd Term
 Congressional District 5
 Bruce Galloway
 County: Jackson
 Term Expires:
 November 13, 2013 
 2ndTerm
 Congressional District 5
 C. John Mare
 County: Lincoln
 Term Expires:
 November 13, 2013
 2nd Term
 
 

Meeting Schedule
Schedules
2011
January 27
Salem
To be Announced
 

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Statewide Trail Plan
TrailPlan
Statewide Trail Plan
ORTAC is involved in developing the Statewide Trail Plan every ten years.  The first trails plan was established in 1975.  The current Trails Plan was developed from 2003 to 2005.  The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and ORTAC actively engaged recreational trail providers, interest groups and citizens across the state in a planning effort to complete a statewide trails plan for Oregon.  It is the state´s "official plan for recreational trail management" for the next 10 years, serving as a statewide and regional information and planning tool to assist Oregon recreation providers (local, state, federal and private) in providing trail opportunities and promoting access to Oregon´s trails and waterways.  It also identifies how the state´s limited resources will be allocated for motorized, non-motorized and water trail projects throughout Oregon.
 
Oregon has taken an innovative approach to statewide trails planning by conducting simultaneous motorized, non-motorized and water trails plans.  Each is a comprehensive study and depiction of the state of recreational trail and non-motorized boating use in Oregon.  The final trails plan Oregon Trails 2005-2014:  A Statewide Action Plan is now available.
 
To download the Statewide plan:
 
Full version of the Final Statewide Trails Plan [ PDF 3.92 MB ]
Motorized Trails Plan [ PDF 1.44 MB ]
Non-Motorized Trails Plan [ PDF 1.66 MB ]
Water Trails Plan [ PDF 952 KB ]
 

Other Statewide Trail Plan Documents
Other documents relating to the Trail Plan:
 
Document Library
Steering Committees
Regional Issues
Trails Inventory
Trail User Survey
Goals+Objectives+Strategies
Trail Benefits
Planning Manual

Park Trail Plans
Willamette River Water Trail Plan [ PDF 1.7 MB ]
L.L. Stub Stewart [PDF 2.36 MB] 
OC&E State Trail Plan - Draft  [PDF 2.58 MB ]

Trail Resources
Statutes
Recreation Trails Statutes and Rules
Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) for Statewide Recreation Trails
390.950-390.989 [23 KB PDF]
 
Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) for Statewide Recreation Trails
736-009-0005 - 736-009-0030  [24 KB PDF]

Recreation Trail Funding
Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) for Statewide Recreation Trails
390.950-390.989 [23 KB PDF]
 
Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) for Statewide Recreation Trails
736-009-0005 - 736-009-0030  [24 KB PDF]

Recreation Trail Development
Creating Connections: The Oregon Recreation Trails how-To Manual [ PDF]

OPRD Staff
Staff

Rocky Houston
State Trails Coordinator
725 Summer St. N.E., Suite C
Salem, Oregon  97301
503-986-0750
Email:  rocky.houston@state.or.us
 
Alex Phillips
Bicycle Recreation Coordinator &
Scenic Waterways / Water Trails Coordinator
725 Summer St. N.E., Suite C
Salem, Oregon  97301
503-986-0631
Email:  alex.phillips@state.or.us
 
Richard Walkoski
Recreation Program Manager
725 Summer St. N.E., Suite C
Salem, Oregon  97301
503-986-0748
Email:  richard.walkoski@state.or.us