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Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council looking for new members

June 29, 2017

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is taking applications for new members to serve on the Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) for Congressional District 5. The district covers all of Clackamas, Lincoln, Marion, Polk, and Tillamook Counties.

The council advises OPRD and its allies in the development and promotion of high quality, non-motorized trail systems throughout Oregon. Through public meetings and various trail programs, ORTAC assists in creating, improving and promoting a system of safe, sustainable trails for the well-being and enjoyment of Oregon's residents and visitors alike.

ORTAC consists of seven members, including at least one from each congressional district, and at least two members from separate counties bordering the coast. 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. Members review applications for state designated trails, may serve on a variety of other OPRD committees, may assist in the evaluation of trail-related grant applications, and aid in the development of the 10-year statewide Trail Plans. The council conducts four public meetings a year, each in a different region of the state.

Oregon provides diverse, high quality trail experiences that reflect the state's remarkable environmental and cultural diversity. ORTAC believes that trail needs and challenges are best addressed through collaboration among all stakeholders, and the utilization of common sense and innovative responses. These trail endeavors inspire all of us to a strong sense of stewardship for our natural and cultural heritage.

All interested parties should contact David Stipe at (503) 986-0740 or by email at david.stipe@oregon.gov for more information or to obtain an ORTAC Interest Form. The deadline for submitting the form is August 15.