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Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council calls for nominations for Doug Newman Memorial Award

April 11, 2019

SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) is calling for nominations for the annual Doug Newman Memorial Award. The award honors an individual or organization whose hard work, integrity and social responsibility have made significant contributions to non-motorized trails within Oregon. All nominations are due by June 30, 2019.

Nomination details for the 2019 award can be found online at http://bit.ly/ORTAC.

The award pays tribute to Doug Newman, an Oregonian and ORTAC member whose efforts inspired and benefited the trails and trail users of Oregon. Diagnosed with polio as a child, he was an avid outdoorsman, author and writer for the Eugene Register-Guard. He also worked extensively with the University of Oregon Outdoors Program. Newman died in 1992.

ORTAC was established by the Legislature in 1971 as part of the Oregon Recreation Trails System Act. Its mission is to advise the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and to promote non-motorized trail recreation and development in Oregon. ORTAC also oversees Oregon's regional and scenic trail designation program. Its members are involved in numerous trail endeavors in their local communities and throughout the state.

For more information about the award, the trail designation program or ORTAC, contact Jodi Bellefeuille at 503-986-0716 or jodi.bellefeuille@oregon.gov.