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Nominations sought for state trail designations

Sept. 28, 2015

The Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) invites trail proponents statewide to expand Oregon's network of non-motorized, state designated trails by nominating their favorite trails.

"ORTAC's intent is to have a statewide system of trails that showcases Oregon's exceptional trail experiences in both rural and urban areas," said Nancy Ream Enabnit, the chair of ORTAC. "We're seeking nominations from all corners of the state to get the job done."

The process defines two trail designation categories: scenic and regional. Scenic Trail advocates can nominate single routes that are as short as a mile, or routes that combine with others to give access to "outstanding scenery and lasting memories for trail users," said Enabnit. "They must be open to the public and be substantially complete."

Trails designated in the regional category must be more than five miles long and create close-to-home recreation opportunities. They also are defined as connectors linking communities, schools and recreation sites with significant scenic trails. Like scenic trails, they must lie on public land or public rights-of-way or easements.

To nominate a trail, complete an application form found in the Oregon Recreation Trails Designation Program handbook found online at http://1.usa.gov/1OyI62h. The handbook also includes criteria and timelines. The nomination period is open through Nov. 30, 2015.

The Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) was established by the Legislature in 1971 to advise the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and to promote non-motorized trail recreation and development in Oregon. The Council is made up of seven volunteer members appointed by the Oregon Park and Recreation Commission to represent the five Oregon congressional districts. The Council meets four times annually in different locations across the state.

For information, contact Rocky Houston, State Trails Coordinator, at 503-986-0750 or rocky.houston@oregon.gov.