President’s Message – Board updates, ORCMP, & more!

NWTA members elected three new members to the board of directors at January’s general meeting and election. Paul Hobson has assumed the role of Treasurer and is leading our Trail Stewardship program, Lori Sills will be championing ride clinics, social rides, and our women’s program, and Steve Domahidy will be leading NWTA’s signature events, as well as building NWTA’s sponsorship profile.

The 2018 calendar is quickly filling up. There are a number of NWTA Signature Events already scheduled, and keep an eye out for those social rides and clinics! We also have a fair bit of activity (as always) with trail building projects and advocacy. Gateway Green has become a posterchild of successful planning and partnership. The Off-Road Cycling Master Plan (ORCMP) continues to chug along, with twists and turns, ups and downs, and is heading for a council vote on an undetermined date (it was postponed). We continue to press our objectives with our partners in Oregon, and to larger purpose at the federal level.







The ORCMP is heading toward a critical juncture. Portland city council will either be convinced of our better intentions and our better nature, or they will be swayed by the doomsayers that oppose mountain bike access in Portland’s parks. The entire ORCMP process depends on council approval of the Plan’s recommendations. Public hearings provide a means to tell our stories as a counterpoint to the stories being told to sway public opinion against trail access for mountain biking. We will be issuing Advocacy Alerts to notify NWTA members when they can show up and voice their opinions at Portland city venues. You have stories. Heartwarming stories of your families, your friends, your desire to be in nature, and your legitimate claim on the use of public land. Please share your stories. Look out for the Advocacy Alerts, and contact to coordinate your efforts.

As always, we welcome participation from members. If you would like to volunteer for an event or trail work, email or Sandy Ridge shuttle day and Stub Fest are starting to take shape, and there are trail build and maintenance days occurring throughout the year.

Thank you for your support and see you on the trail!

Bob Lessard, President