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    February 28, 2018
    Dear Oregon Trails Community,

    Earlier this month, outdoor recreation advocates from around the country were in Washington D.C. advocating for the trails we value so dearly. You can amplify their voices by contacting your Oregon congress members to share your support for federal investments in trails. 

    Join others in the Oregon trails community in expressing your support for trails today!

    Here's a sample email:

    Dear Congressman/Congresswoman _______________,

    I'm writing to let you know that investments in trails are important to me and my community. <Share your own reasons/story!>

    As the population of our great state increases, it is crucial that we invest in the preservation, maintenance, and rehabilitation of the trails that allow Oregonians and visitors to our state to access our public lands. Current resources are inadequate for maintaining our system. Trails are being decommissioned and abandoned at the same time as popular areas are being loved to death by a public that has an increasing desire to recreate in Oregon's public lands.  

    Please protect our treasured trails and landscapes for the next generation with your support for the following:
    • Restore funding to maintain trails on United States Forest Service land through the Federal Lands Trail Capital Improvement and Maintenance program by restoring the CMTL fund to a minimum of $85 million.
    • Permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund with full funding.
    • Pass the National Park Service Legacy Act of 2017. 
    Thank you for your work to preserve trails and access to public lands in Oregon and nationwide,

    Your name
    Your address

    Thank you for taking action for trails! 

    Use the information and links below to identify and contact your congress people as well as personalize your message to them.

    Find your senator and representative

    Oregon Congressional Delegation's Contact Links:
    Senator Ron Wyden
    Senator Jeff Merkely (on budget appropriations committee; co-sponsor of S.751 - National Park Service Legacy Act of 2017)

    Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (Co-sponsor of H.R.2584 - National Park Service Legacy Act of 2017)
    Rep. Greg Walden
    Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Member of bi-partisan House Trails Caucus)
    Rep. Peter DeFazio
    Rep. Kurt Schrader

    Stay tuned more for information this Spring about the Oregon Trails Coalition currently under development and Save the Date for the 2018 Oregon Trails Summit, October 4-5, in Bend, OR.

    Also, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is looking for a new Recreation Trails Planner. Spread the word to great people!