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Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council

Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC)

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. 
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.


ORTAC Council Members


  • Congressional District 1: Owen Rodabaugh - 1st term, expires November 2023
  • Congressional District 2: Joe Kresse - 1st term, expires November 2021
  • Congressional District 3: Robert Spurlock - 1st term, expires November 2019
  • Congressional District 4: Fraser MacDonald - 1st term, expires November 2023
  • Congressional District 5: Del Scharffenberg - 1st term, expires November 2021
  • Coastal Representative: Jenna Beh (Coos County) - 1st term, expires November 2023
  • Coastal Representative: Skyler Archibald (Clatsop County) - 1st term, expires September 2022


Interested in joining ORTAC? Please review and fill out the following forms:

Position Description (PDF)

ORTAC Interest Form (PDF)


Submit the form to:

Jodi Bellefeuille - RTP Grant Program Coordinator


Meeting Schedule and Minutes

The Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council meets quarterly each year to share information with local trail supporters. This information can include upcoming grant opportunities, SCORP and Statewide Trails Plan updates, and information about other trails related initiatives from around the state.




February 21, 2020 ​Newport - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM ​Agenda coming soon
​April/May, 2020 John Day-date and time TBA
​July/August, 2020 ​Portland, date and time TBA
​October, 2020 ​TBA





















The Doug Newman Award

The Doug Newman Memorial Award is a tribute to Doug Newman, recognizing an Oregonian whose efforts have inspired, benefited, and contributed to the trails and trail users of Oregon. This award allows for the opportunity to acknowledge individuals, organizations, agencies and businesses that have made outstanding contributions that promote, enhance or expand public awareness and use of Oregon's non-motorized trails.


2020 nominations materials will be posted here in spring 2020. 


Previous Doug Newman Award Recipients

Doug Newman Award Winners (PDF)


Contact Us

Subscribe to the ORTAC listserv to receive updates about Scenic and Regional Trails, ORTAC business, and other trail related opportunities around the state.


For other questions about ORTAC or the Scenic and Regional Trail Program contact:


Jodi Bellefeuille

RTP Grant Program Coordinator