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Klamath Trails Alliance

 

December 2015



 
Monthly Trail Meeting

Date:   Friday, Dec. 11th
Time:  11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Place:  205 Riverside Dr. (So. Portal Bldg) 

The purpose of our meeting is hold an open forum to discuss ways to further our mission of promoting great trails in Klamath County.  Please join us for all or part of our upcoming meeting. 
Maintenance Day

No maintenance days in winter.
Enjoy the holidays and have fun with friends and family!

Trail News & Information

 

Annual meeting

More than 50 people joined the Klamath Trails Alliance on Dec. 3 to celebrate another great year of trails.
"I'm completely amazed at how a small group of hardworking people are accomplishing so much out there," said Klamath Falls Parks Superintendent John Bellon. 
And KTA has numbers to back that up.
In 2015 volunteers worked 837 hours on the trails in Moore Park and Spence Mountain -- a 30 percent increase from 2014, when volunteers worked 650 hours. 
"That's the equivalent of a crew out there every day for three months," said KTA board secretary Drew Honzel. "That's impressive."
Honzel called out volunteer Kevin Jones, who worked on 37 volunteer days. 
In Moore Park volunteers are working on three new trails: Tank, Klamath Ridgeview Connector and Southie.
See a the article below about the good work at Spence Mountain. 



 


KTA membership grew from 75 members in 2014 to 85 in 2015.
Visit klamathtrails.org
to become a member. 

"Most of our funding comes from you guys, the members," Honzel said. 
The annual meeting raised $348. Members raised $190 and the raffle made $158.
Bellon commended everyone at the annual meeting for all the KTA's success in 2015.
"This is the most highly functioning volunteer organization that I have seen in Klamath Falls," he said. "For an on-your-own, stand-alone volunteer organization, you are the cream of the crop. You are most motivated. You took off on our own and made things happen." 
Spence Mountain Trail Project

We now have seven miles of finished trail and counting at Spence Mountain!



A big thanks to Dirt Mechanics, which recently completed three more miles of trail this fall and roughed out another two miles. 
Fire restrictions delayed the work's start, shortening the season. But the good news is Dirt Mechanics will be back in the spring to finish a 12-mile loop.
The views from the ridgeline and top of Spence are unbelievable. Get a taste in by checking out these photos. 




A dedicated volunteer crew has been working on a brand new hand-built trail along Upper Klamath Lake. Interested in helping? They meet every Sunday and could use more volunteers. See the Lost Cascades Bike Club meet-up for more information. 
 
Other News

Tis the season to be giving
Our thanks to all who attended last week's annual KTA meeting -- there were some good vibes.
We had a great year in terms of miles built and trails maintained. We will exceed 850 hours of trail maintenance this year. We obviously have a bunch of people who don't mind hard work, even on cold days.
You can help out even if you don't like trail maintenance. Consider joining KTA as a member ($20 for an individual, $30 for a family) or send in a donation in any amount to klamathtrails.org
We are in the process of buying some new tools. We hope to hire a consultant next year to write a master plan for Moore Park. And we will continue building new trails at Spence Mountain. All that progress takes cold, hard cash. Please consider the KTA in your end-of-year giving.
Have a super holiday season and great New Year!

Trail work log
For those who are going out to do trail maintenance, you can now easily find the trail work log on the home page of klamathtrails.org
There is also a link on the homepage to update trail conditions.
Check it out!
How to Become Invovled with the KTA

Visit KTA's website or our Facebook page for more information on projects and events. Consider joining or renewing your membershship today!  Individual memberships start at only $20 per year.  These funds support trail maintenance, promotion, new trail development and the resources needed to keep us up and running as a non-profit organization!  Email info@klamathtrails.org to join the mailing list for updates.
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