For those who don't know, non-system trails are social trails made by individual people that were not approved by the Forest Service. These trails have a significant impact on archeological, geological, and natural resources. It is extremely important to only use designated trails to ensure our wildlife impact is at a minimum. We can only continue to build more trails when our impact is at a minimum!
COTA's staff, board, and volunteers work tirelessly to maintain and build new trails to enhance the mountain biker experience of Central Oregon. It takes several years to go from a new trail idea, to implementing a building plan, to a new trail ready for use. When non-system trails are created, our resources have to be diverted to closing the social trail, as opposed to working on building more!
Our Executive Director Emmy spoke on the issue with KTVZ News last night, Feb 15th 2022.
Find the whole video on non-system trails here.
Our vision is to create a robust and diverse mountain biking experience that will endure for generations. We need your help to make sure that happens by staying off non-system trails, and reporting them to COTA, or USFS. This way, our resources stay focused on creating new trail systems!
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