A long time coming... but some good news.
Last night a meeting was held between local DH racers/builders, representatives of Westside Trail Federation (WTF), Northwest Trail Alliance (NWTA, formerly PUMP) and Oregon Dept of Forestry (ODF). The purpose was to discuss DH/FR/technical trails in the Tillamook State Forest (TSF), including a "rogue" DH trail and the building of new trail on TSF-Larch Mtn and other areas.
WTF has been trying to get DH/FR/technical trails approved for a few years while building other trails, and NWTA has been involved in the building/maintenance of trails in the TSF (Wilson River, Historic Hiking Loop, Storey Burn, etc.) for several years. Both have been engaging ODF and trying to work with the system to accomplish their goals. It's been a long, frustrating road sometimes, especially for WTF, as the DH/FR user group is less established as a MTB genre, IMO.
The results of the meeting were positive. Basically, ODF is supportive of this user group and the creation of technical DH/FR trails. It appears that the builders of the "rogue" trail will work w/ the ODF to adopt the trail and make it legit. Also, discussions were postive with moving forward w/ creation of new trails in the TSF.
Needless to say there will be plenty of work that will need willing hands!
Comments from both groups below:
"Good Meeting last night. Here's the lowdown-
Builders of ***** will be entering into an Adopt-a-trail agreement with ODF to
manage the trail. ODF will be protecting this trail from future forest activity.
A formal "walk-through" will be done later this month with ODF personnel.
Barring any "red flags" the trail will remain as-is, and LEGAL.
The builders also seemed interested in helping identify a line and possibly help
develop the Larch Mt/Idiot Creek Pilot trail.
NWTA (Ryan K.):
"TECHNICAL AND CHALLENGING MOUNTAIN BIKE OPPORTUNITIES
Last night (Monday July 6, 2009) two local downhill mountain bike racers, along
with Ryan M. (Westside Trail Federation; WTF), Joe R. (WTF and Northwest Trail
Alliance; NWTA), Wayne N. (NWTA), and myself (NWTA) met with Randy Peterson
(Oregon Department of Forestry; ODF) to confirm the legalization and adoption of
a social/user created downhill trail near Reheers Camp. Additionally, we moved
into discussions regarding the development of a network of technical and
challenging mountain bike opportunities (including downhill trails, freeride
trails, and skills development areas) within Mountain Bike Area 1. This meeting
was an enormous success and has been long coming. WTF and NWTA have been
representing the mountain bike community in regards to development of technical
and challenging trails in the Tillamook State Forest for several years now.
This spring we continued to advocate through meetings, phone calls, and emails.
We are making significant progress and look forward to the next steps towards
initiating construction in spring 2010. We appreciate the support from the
mountain bike community to date and anticipate good turnouts for successful
build and maintenance days to create sustainable recreational infrastructure."
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