RRSNF to Host Second Trails Open House

Contact(s): Chamise Kramer, Public Affairs Specialist (541) 618-2051, Julie Martin, Forest Recreation Program Manager (541) 618-2066, Brian Long, Recreation Program Manager (541) 899-3815

Medford, Oregon—The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is beginning the process to develop a Sustainable Trails Strategy for the Forest.  In November 2017, the Forest Service highlighted the importance of trails to individuals, families, local communities and economies, and identified significant shortfalls in the agency’s ability to adequately maintain the vast system of trail in the National Trail Strategy for a Sustainable Trail System

Hikers in treesIn an effort to bring home the intent of the National Trails Strategy and to promote an “All Lands, All Hands” approach to tackling land management challenges, the Forest will be hosting its second open house to trail users and trail partners in Medford on May 3, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  The open house will be hosted at the Medford Interagency Office, located at 3040 Biddle Road in Medford, Oregon.  The first open house was held in Gold Beach earlier in the month, in an effort to make meetings accessible to recreationists across the southwestern corner of Oregon.

The open house sessions will aim to bring trail users and trail partners together with the Forest Service so that we can better understand the issues that are important to the people and communities we serve.  We want to know:

  • Which trails are important to users?

  • Where are groups and/or individuals working already to help maintain trails?

  • Where can we work together to bring efficiencies toward maintaining and promoting the natural beauty of southwest Oregon?

The open house is also intended to provide a forum for trail users and trail partners to network with others, with the hope of developing a new awareness of others who may have a shared interest in the same trails or trail networks.

The information and contacts made through the open house forum is intended to provide a basis and starting point as the Forest moves forward into developing a strategy that will help guide managers and partners towards creating sustainable trails networks.

All are welcome!  For more information contact Julie Martin at 541-618-2066.