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Klamath Trails Alliance

 

February 2019



 
Monthly Trail Meeting

Date:   Friday, February 8th
Time:   Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Place:  205 Riverside Dr. (South Portal Bldg)  

The purpose of our meeting is to 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

Check out the new KTA Meetup group for upcoming maintenance days by clicking here.
Member Highlight

Vivian Waterman grew up in Virginia and graduated from New Mexico State.  She is married to Gregg Waterman and retired in 2017, after teaching special education for 30 years.  Vivian and Gregg moved to Klamath Falls 19 years ago when Gregg accepted a job teaching mathematics at OIT.  Vivian and Gregg thought Klamath Falls seemed like a good place to live because of the town's size and abundant recreational opportunities.  Even though they are in a position to move now, if they wish, they feel that Klamath Falls has all the aspects they would look for in a place to live.  

Vivian loves a variety of outdoor activities, including backcountry skiing, cross-country skiing, whitewater kayaking, cycling (mountain and road), and rowing.  When asked what triggered her interest in outdoor recreation, her answer was multifaceted.  She was raised by her mother in a big city with her two siblings.  She has an innate interest in trying new things.  After dropping out of college, she moved to a ski town and waited tables for a living.  She decided to try skiing, which she enjoyed right away.  Since then, she has tried many new sports, adapting to what was available at every location, as she moved around the West.

Vivian and Gregg have backcountry skied to the top of Brown Mountain dozens of times.  Of course the views are a draw, but she also notes that it's interesting to check out the crater at the top.  She doesn't run into very many people backcountry skiing, but briefly related a story about a conversation with a snowmobiler on the summit of Pelican Butte.  He asked the group where they were going to ski, to which she responded that they were going to ski down the big bowl and hike back up.  He replied, "I'm not that gullible".  



In the dry months, Vivian mountain bikes often and prefers the Brown Mountain Trail because of the length and scenery.  She also enjoys the newer smooth and flowy trails on north side of Spence.  Vivian has supported the KTA and our local trails by doing trail work whenever she can.  She particularly enjoys raking and lopping off branches on the Brown Mountain Trail.  


Trail News & Information

Oregon Mountain Bike Legislative Day - February 27th in Salem
 
The Oregon Mountain Biking Coalition (OMBC) will be hosting the first annual Oregon MTB Legislative Day in Salem on February 27th. The OMBC is working to create new opportunities and ensure that our community's concerns are heard by state lawmakers.  “It turns out there are 620,000 of us… do your representatives know who you are?”  If you've ever wanted to have a direct hand in advocacy, this is your chance. The OMBC will be on site to coordinate meetings, facilitate discussions, and answer any questions.  Follow this link for more information and to register.
 
Fred Meyer's Community Rewards & AmazonSmile Helps KTA!
 
If you shop at Fred Meyer or Amazon you could be helping KTA with your purchases. There are “no strings attached” other than having to set-up an online account if you don’t have one.  A frequently asked question on the Fred Meyer charity program is whether you lose your reward points by naming a charity.  The simple answer is no.  Here is a link to the frequently asked questions and information on how to link your rewards card. Last year we had 10 folks that named KTA as their non-profit and this generated $125 in donations from Fred Meyer in 2018.  
 
AmazonSmile is also simple to set-up.  Follow this link to support of Klamath Trails Alliance.  With Amazon you will need to place your order on the AmazonSmile site in order in to generate contributions back to KTA.

How to Become Involved 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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