Advocacy

January’s Member Meetup

After drinks, a bit of light food, hey-there, and bike ogling — love the mix at Velo Cult — the meeting snicked into high gear. Michelle Kunec-North of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, herself a competitive off-road cyclist, led an open forum on ORCMP (dig in here). Questions, some tough, were asked, answers were … Read More

The Public Land Heist

Special interest groups are waging an aggressive campaign to sell off public lands in the west (get the basics, then learn about Oregon legislation here). Recently, led by the Outdoor Industry Association, 173 outdoor industry CEOs signed an open letter urging President Trump and Congress to keep public lands public. Please join in via an electronic petition … Read More

Act Today, Washington County Residents

EMAIL TWO SENTENCES, ENSURE TILLAMOOK FOREST ACCESS Washington County has until Wednesday, January 25, to opt out of a $1.4-billion, class-action lawsuit against the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). County commissioners, split on the matter, need to hear from you— and banging out a quick email will do (how-to below). RECREATION VERSUS MONEY Underpinning the … Read More

Speaking Up

ASSEMBLING THE ADVOCACY PUZZLE PIECES Portland’s Off-Road Cycling Master Plan (ORCMP) — a developing vision for a citywide system of off-road cycling facilities — is helping debunk common misunderstandings that often get in the way of mountain bike access to trails. Because we’re all advocates, I’d like to share a distillation of information that each … Read More

A Breakout Year for NWTA

2016 ANNUAL REPORT HIGHLIGHTS In 2016, Northwest Trail Alliance volunteers invested over 8,800 hours — valued at more than $222,500 — into trail systems across Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington. It’s amazing, the combined effort our mountain bike community puts into creating, enhancing, and protecting the trails we love to ride. Like the loam we build … Read More

Timberline MTB – Advocacy Alert

  ADVOCACY  ALERT!! Timberline Mountain Bike Trails and Skills Park NWTA’s advocacy team has been working with our friends at Timberline Lodge and Ski Area to provide any assistance they need in this herculean multi-year court battle. Good news, the court has found in favor of the project. Bad news, there is a new mandated … Read More

Dirt Lab @ Gateway Green

Post by Jocelyn Gaudi – Board member, Friends of Gateway Green Dirt Lab [noun] \dert\ᐧ \lab\: A community crowdfunded project to develop mountain biking and hiking trails at Gateway Green, while improving environmental quality at the park and encouraging civic and economic revitalization in East Portland.   For more than ten years, a group of community advocates, the … Read More