Dear Trail Enthusiasts,
We trust you are enjoying this wonderful rain! The next several months are a busy time for SUTA – both off and on the trail, and we invite your participation in a variety of events and projects.
1. PUBLIC MEETING MARCH 4th regarding SUTA’s Application to have the Sterling Mine Ditch Named a state scenic trail:
SUTA is holding a public meeting at the Jacksonville Library on Tuesday, March 4th at 6 PM. We will present the proposed trail management plan required as part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation State Scenic Trail application process. We would love to hear your comments on our proposed plan, answer any questions about what State Scenic Trail status means and more. In addition, we will give you an update on our other activities such as projects on the Sterling Mine Ditch trail and the next steps in the Jack-Ash trail.
2. Kiosk Installations – would love volunteers!
We will be installing four more trailhead kiosks over the next few weeks. If you are interested in helping put these kiosks up, please email us at SUTAoregoncontact@gmail.com and the designer/builder and mastermind behind the kiosks – Jim Reiland of Many Hands Builders – will coordinate time and place with you.
3. SIGN-UP Installation Party Coming Soon:
We will be installing quite a few new trail signs along the trails and roads using some of our Title II grant money. These signs will help everyone find their way to and along the trail. We will send out an email about our SIGN-UP party as soon as our new signs are ready.
4. Trail Work Parties Continue
Our next scheduled trail work party is Saturday, March 15th. We will be working on the Tunnel Ridge to Little Applegate section of the trail. Wildflowers should be well started by that time so come enjoy a gorgeous hike and help keep this trail in tip-top shape. We will meet at Buncom at 8:30 AM and work until lunch at 1:00. Lunch and home-baked trail treats provided! If you would like to join us please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org Great fun, great people, tasty food and terrifically satisfying and tangible results!
5. Two Crews will be Working on the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail:
Over the next several months we are expecting help from both a Job Council crew to finish up details of Grub Gulch. The Jackson County Community Justice Crew will also be clearing brush, poison oak and old stubs along the trail beginning about 3 miles out from the Armstrong Gulch trailhead toward the Wolf Gap access trail turn-off. We are really excited to get their help. The Job council will be funded through our Title II funding and BLM is arranging for the Jackson County Community Justice Crew.
We hope to see you at the meeting on March 4th or one of our volunteer events, or just out enjoying the trail.
One note for mountain bike riders and equestrians – with the recent and forecasted rains, the trail is very soft and slippery in areas, so we request that you stay off the trail for several days following a rain event as a safety precaution, and to allow the trail to dry out and prevent damage to the tread.