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Statewide trails advisory committee seeks new member

Oregon State Parks

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is seeking a volunteer to serve as the Hiking Representative on the Recreational Trails Program Grants Advisory Committee.

The 10-member committee evaluates grant proposals for statewide trail projects. The committee meets once or twice a year, virtually or at locations throughout the state. 

The time commitment varies and includes reviewing and evaluating 25 to 40 grant applications per year. Committee members serve three-year terms and are eligible to serve a second term.

Ideal candidates for representing the interest of hikers can live anywhere in Oregon with experience in at least one of the following areas: 

  • Land management
  • Recreation planning
  • Trail planning or design
  • Recreation related volunteerism
  • Trail enthusiast who is uniquely qualified to evaluate statewide project proposals through other experience and involvement.

Strong candidates may also demonstrate an awareness of statewide recreational trail needs, other broad recreational issues, and the importance of providing equitable, inclusive and accessible recreational opportunities.

Those interested in serving must submit an RTP advisory committee interest form by June 30, 2024. The form is available online:

The competitive grant program is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and administered by OPRD. Grants are awarded to non-profits and governments for motorized and non-motorized trail projects, including building new trails, improving existing trails and developing or improving trail facilities.

For more information about the advisory committee or application process, contact Jodi Bellefeuille, program coordinator, at or 503-856-6316.

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