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Statewide Trails Plan draft online for public review

Dec. 4, 2015

The public is invited to comment on a plan for recreational trails drafted by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). Oregon Trails 2015: A Vision For The Future is posted for public review and comment at http://tinyurl.com/o3lvfah. Comments will be accepted through Jan. 5, 2016.

The plan guides public recreation providers across the state in their management of the following types of trails:

  • Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) trails
  • Snowmobile trails
  • Trails for walking, hiking, bicycling and other non-motorized trail recreation
  • Water trail paddling routes

The plan also establishes a review process for potential State Scenic Waterway corridor additions. The State Scenic Waterways Program sets specific rules for selected corridors to balance protection of natural resources, scenic value and recreation.

OPRD planners developed the trails document using public feedback gathered through statistically reliable surveys of trail users and non-motorized boaters. Staff gathered feedback and opinions from 7,450 randomly selected residents. In addition, staff held plan workshops in 14 locations across the state to gather additional public input on trails issues and funding needs.

States are required to develop a trails plan to be eligible for matching federal grants for trails projects. OPRD uses the trails plan to direct grant awards for federally-funded Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grants and the state's All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) grants, which is financed by non-refunded gas tax revenue and ATV permit sales.

OPRD will accept comments through Jan. 5, 2016. Responses can be made via: 

The trails plan also is available in a CD format by contacting Holly Morgan at 503-986-0803 or holly.morgan@oregon.gov.