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Sierra Club and central Oregon MTB advocates team up for Waldo Lake preservation

Posted by on July 3rd, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Interesting event happening next week down near Oakridge, Oregon. Our friends from the Central Oregon Trail Alliance are teaming with Sierra Club on trail access issues around Waldo Lake. This is notable because Sierra Club and mountain bike advocates have been on opposite sides of trail issues in the past. Also, I’ve got a reporting trip planned for Oakridge in August and the Waldo Lake loop is on my itinerary.

Check out the press release below for more details on Tuesday’s event…

TUESDAY, JULY 8: Sierra Club Executive Director, Central Oregon Trail Alliance Announce New Collaborative Effort to Protect the Ancient Forests at Waldo Lake.

BEND, OR — Tuesday, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune and his family will make the first stop of their Pacific Northwest wilderness road trip at Waldo Lake. The family will join the Central Oregon Trail Alliance and the great grandson of Judge John Waldo to highlight new cooperative efforts to permanently protect additional wild spaces in the region.

WHAT: Press conference and optional hike and bike

WHO: Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director; Woody Starr, Chairman, Central Oregon Trail Alliance mountain biking group; Bruce Johnson, Judge John Waldo’s great grandson

WHERE: Waldo Lake – Islet Campground, day use/boat launch area

WHEN: July 8, 9:30 AM

Come and learn about a new partnership between the Sierra Club and mountain biking groups to protect ancient forest roadless areas while ensuring continued access by non-motorized recreation groups. This new collaborative approach will move the needle towards cooperative efforts, and hopefully reduce lawsuits and conflicts, and speed up much needed protections for some of our remaining roadless areas.

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  • wsbob July 18, 2014 at 12:23 am

    “…Come and learn about a new partnership between the Sierra Club and mountain biking groups to protect ancient forest roadless areas while ensuring continued access by non-motorized recreation groups. …” maus/bikeportland

    This is new, lets hear more about it. Maus, the words you’re using, ‘non-motorized recreation’ is an improvement given the circumstances, though to be more clear in terms of meaning likely implied, ‘non-motorized vehicular recreation’ would be more apt. I’m interested in details of arrangements people participating in this partnership may come up with that may be able to satisfactorily meet both objectives stated.

    Disappointing that I’m the only person that has posted a comment to this story since you published it on the 3rd. Today’s the first time I’ve read it. Hopefully, others before me at least have read it even though not having posted thoughts about the subject.

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