ATS14- Developing regional trails: Mapping a path for moving intention to reality with a bit more velocity!- Gary Chapman

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Published on May 6, 2014

Author: BTAOregon



Put your frustrations to rest and come map out a plan of action to guide Oregon’s

next 15 years of trail development! Oregon has seen a proliferation of interest in

developing regional trails and regional trail systems across the state, to augment

quality of life and build world-class infrastructure for trail users from around

the globe. However, most of these ambitious, visionary community leaders who

have embarked on an audacious multi-jurisdictional trail project have run into

exceptional hurdles – whether they be leadership, environmental permitting,

funding or implementation. Some visionary projects have hung in limbo for more

than a decade. Come break down these barriers with us. Hear from trail projects

that have had success, help identify common challenges, and develop a list of

priority actions for Oregon to address in order to help actualize these trail systems.

Corvallis to the Coast Trail Gary Chapman Trail Proponent

Corvallis to the Sea – 40 miles “as the crow flies”

Two routes are envisioned – one more for bicycles, one more for hiking.

Find supporters in the community, in government, among land owners, get a critical mass Seeking perfection can lead to failure; but you can improve upon a less than perfect success, given time and an eye for opportunity. (Voltaire et moi) Our general approach (nothing original): Pick the low hanging fruit while working to build relationship ladders to get the hard to reach fruit Be cooperative and not confrontational Remain as flexible as possible Be patient.

City of Corvallis – bike path (2.7 mi) Benton County – bike paths (2.5 mi) City of Philomath – bike paths, streets, sidewalks (3.5 mi) ODOT – highway shoulders (0.5 mi.) Benton County – rural road (4.1 mi) Landowner no. 1 – gated road (0.6 mi) City of Corvallis Watershed – gated road (0.5 mi) Landowner no. 2 – gated road (0.5 mi) OSU College of Forestry – gated road (0.5 mi) Siuslaw National Forest – gated road, existing trail (3.8 mi) Benton County – forest road (3.6 mi) Lincoln County – rural road, abandoned road (2.3 mi) Siuslaw National Forest – new trail (0.2 mi) Landowner no. 3 – gated road (0.2 mi) Lincoln County – gated road (1.6 mi) Lincoln County – rural road (6.6 mi) Siuslaw National Forest – roads, decommissioned roads, new trails (22.7 mi) Landowner no. 4 – gated road (0.6 mi) Lincoln County – rural roads, main road (6.0 mi) A Long-distance Trail is a Chain of Agreements And a Chain is no stronger than its weakest link

The 65-Mile C2C Trail Route Accepted by the Forest Service in 2009: “They will do the EA and complete it by FY2012.” USFS decision Reversed by 2013 – We are no longer volunteers, must use a special use permit, must pay for EA, and be liable for damages

Over 13-years our biggest concerns turn out to be: Forest Service Staff turnover: retirement and transfers. Elected Official’s retirement or defeat at the polls. Poor health or death of key volunteers and cooperators. Retirement or career moves of local government staff. Loss of continuity and relationships!

What are we doing to avoid rust in old links and forging the final links? Probably not enough! Newsletters Occasional presentations to County Commissions Annual Show-and-Tell day-hike series Annual trail maintenance workshop Adopt-a-Trail Segment Program Holiday greeting cards Monthly public meetings Downtown window displays Presentations before user-group organizations and various service clubs Flyers at hiking and biking stores Meetings with congressional staffers Rare newspaper articles Occasional presentations before ORTAC Perform trail maintenance on Forest Service trails 501 c 3 status for fund raising

“You can get there from here!” Our Motto:

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