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COTA's 2019 achievements and plans for 2020
In 2019, in addition to the ongoing tasks of clearing and maintaining hundreds of miles of trail, we:
- Held 45 trail work events, including Trail Love Spring and Trail Love Fall and 16 group/team building events, to build, maintain and enhance our extensive and well-loved network by removing braking bumps, improving trail features and drainage, and more.
- Completed the new and more technically challenging COD trail.
- Developed and installed additional signage for the Swampy Lakes area and upgraded signage throughout the trail network
- Completed the first phase of the Sunriver trail system including the Roundabout Loop and Swan Song trails.
- Completed the remaining trail work in the Crook County area including 2 miles of rehabilitation on Cougar Trail, 6.5 miles of Potlid Trail and 4 miles of Scotty Trail in the Ochoco National Forest.
- Completed the south side expansion of the Lower 66 Prineville.
- Began construction of the west side expansion of Lower 66.
- Completed the last portions of the Duck and Cover Trail in the Radlands.
- Completed construction on the Blue-Belly Stem and Blue-Belly Loop trails, the first phase of the Cascade View trail system west of Cline Buttes in Redmond.
- Continued work on the 242 Bike Park in Sisters.
- Added a new COTA chapter in Sunriver, called the South Deschutes County (SoDeCo) Chapter.
- In cooperation with various Madras user groups completed construction on 12 miles of a multi-use trail system in the Madras East Hills allotment.
- Expanded our membership to more than 1,200 members
- Continued to build upon on social media presence with richer, more informative content, resulting in growth rates of 21% for Facebook followers, 42% for Instagram followers, and 5% for Twitter.
- Our Meetup.com page now has more than 1,700 members, a 34% increase this year.
- Continued leadership roles on the steering committee on the Deschutes Trails Coalition, an advocacy organization dedicated to the long term sustainability of both the forest environment and the trail system within it.
- We continued participating on the steering committee of the Oregon Mountain Bike Coalition, a statewide organization assembled in 2017 to provide advocacy and support for mountain bike trail organizations throughout Oregon.
- Begin the development of additional trail improvements in the trail system west of Bend.
- Continue to work with Bend Parks and Recreation to support the effective development of a cost effective, robust trail environment at the Big Sky Bike Park.
- Complete planning for converting Crook County’s Bandit Springs winter trail system into a summer trail system.
- Work with the Ochoco National Forest Trail User Group to develop an agreed upon proposal to develop additional trails with a focus on creating loops and connections between the Cougar, Scotty and Potlid trails.
- Continue the Lower 66 expansion in Prineville.
- Continue construction on additional phases of the Cascade View trail system on the west side of Cline Buttes.
- Continue to develop a trail system in the east hills of Madras.
- Complete Bike Park 242 in Sisters and work toward the development of additional trails at Peterson Ridge (in partnership with the Sisters Trail Alliance and the Forest Service).
- Continue our campaign of education on the protocol and spirit of sharing & protecting trails
- Respond to member and public input on future management of over 700 miles of singletrack trails in partnership with the US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, Oregon State Parks, Crook and Deschutes counties, the City of Madras and other land managers.