ODF statement on Downhill mountain Biking in the Tillamook State Forest
On the 24th of June, the District Foresters and Recreation Managers for the Tillamook and Forest Grove Districts will be meeting to develop a policy for managing Downhill mountain biking in the Tillamook State Forest. I have been informed that they will be discussing the following...
- How to deal with unauthorized trailbuilding activities.
- Whether or not they will engage volunteer groups to adopt, develop, and maintain DH trails.
- Decide whether or not to move forward with Westside Trail Federation's vision for a "pilot" DH trail and skills area north of HWY 6.
This meeting will basically decide whether or not they want to know about the DH riding that is happening in our State Forest. About a decade ago, ODF specifically noticed (and wrote into their Recreation management plan) the need for "more challenging" mountain bike trails. After 9 years of basically ignoring this groundwork, it's time to make a decision. We should be hearing by July whether or not ODF is going to recognize this user base as legitimate. Which is crazy in my mind, ODF is currently working with the BRMBA guys in Falls City and the Shellburg guys in Silverton!!?
Anyways, this is HUGE. This will decide if we will be riding (DH) legally or illegally in the Tillamook State Forest. For more info on the subject-> http://westsidetrailfederation.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=180