Reposting October 12, 2018 article written by Matthew Weintraub of Northwest Trail Alliance.
The second annual Oregon Mountain Biking Coalition (OMBC) Summit was a huge success! We had 14 mountain bike groups, important land managers and a few political folks in the room – for a grant total of 50 passionate Oregon mountain bikers. The food was good, the conversation was lively, the smiles were abundant and the passion was palpable.
The day was split into four primary topics, summarized below. For all who attended, a huge THANK YOU for making it. For those who could not attend, we still want you on the team and hope to see you at the next event!
LAND MANAGER PANEL
We started the day off with a great panel that included representatives from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Department of Forestry and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The following are the key takeaways:
– Cailin O’Brien Feeney, Oregon’s Office of Outdoor Recreation
Another good quote: I see a tremendous amount of opportunity to be gained by disparate MTB groups being housed under one umbrella.
-Zach Jarrett, Region 6 Trails Program Manager, US Forest Service
We gave an overview of what advocacy could look like for OMBC. Our focus for the coming year will be on a lobby day at the capitol to introduce ourselves and what we care about to our legislators. Save the date for February 27, 2019! OMBC will facilitate the day and, so, for those of you who have never talked directly with your legislators, don’t be intimidated. We will walk you through it by providing:
This was the detailed, wonky part of the day and attendees blew our socks off – asking great questions, challenging assumptions and making solid revision suggestions. The Governance Guide is the central structure for OMBC that will decide who serves on the steering committee, how long they serve, who becomes a member, how decisions are made, and much more. The guide is for all of us and we will incorporate the great feedback that we received to make it even better.
We have a lot of great work ahead of us. After last Saturday, I think that we all agree that OMBC is needed and the time is right for this work!
Our immediate next steps include:
We have a lot of great work ahead of us. We are honored to be a part of getting OMBC going and we hope that all of you will continue to support this effort and join us for what we think will be a great ride.