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Klamath Trails Alliance

November 2020

Please help us match a generous donation of $10,000 by Mark Goodman (KTA Board Member) and a $4,000 contribution by Zach's Bikes to help fund 2021 trail development at Spence Mountain. 
Proceeds will be used to fund construction of a three mile intermediate flow trail down the south face of Spence Mountain.  The trail will incorporate berms, rollers and optional lines to increase the fun factor.  Thanks to a recently awarded Klamath County Tourism Grant for $25,000 we are only short $14,000 to raise from the community at large.
We also plan to build a one-mile easy walking or biking loop and reroute the lower part of Hooligan trail so it ends at the trailhead instead of Junction 1.  Our 2021 budget for Spence Mountain trail development is $99,675.

A donation of any size is appreciated and can be made online by clicking the button below or by mailing a check in care of the "Spence Fund" to Klamath Trails Alliance, PO Box 347, Klamath Falls, OR  97601.  
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Repairing Spence Mountain Fire Damaged Trails

By Lee Juillerat for the Herald and News, November 13, 2020

“It’s been a solid week of work,” said Paul Lissette, who is heading the three-person trail crew from Dirt Mechanics, during a break from work on Wednesday on the South Ridge Trail.

Lissette, along with crew members Elijah Sky and Rob Robertson, were wrapping up repairs on South Ridge, a popular hiking and biking trail that begins near the Spence Mountain Trailhead off Highway 140 and leads to Spence Mountain’s summit.


Board Slate for December Election 

Our annual board election is just around the corner in December.  As a membership organization our Bylaws require a member vote of incoming or renewing board members.  Your board feels that the following have done a good job and represent your best interests.  Bylaws also allow current members to propose their own board members.  You may do so by submitting the name and bio to

Here is our proposed slate for the coming two year term.  A vote will be conducted by separate email to current members in December.  

New Board Members:

John Bellon - serving as interim Board Member.  John is no stranger to KTA and has been a key partner to our organization since formation in 2012.  As City Parks Manager he has worked tirelessly to enhance our urban park system and sees the critical link between providing green space and a healthy community.  John is part of team developing an urban trails wayfinding signage program in hopes of boosting community use of trails within the urban growth boundary.  John enjoys hiking, fishing, and landscape gardening. He “thrives in winter conditions” and cross-country skiing is a passion.  John is a founding ski patroller with Crater Lake National Park Service, and teaches Nordic ski skills to patrollers and park rangers, passing along the joy of long distance sliding and backcountry adventure.

Jeremy Morris - serving as interim Board Member.  Jeremy is a third generation Klamath Basin resident, raised in Malin, Oregon. He is a Civil Engineer and the Klamath County Public Works Director.  Jeremy has been an active KTA Advisory Board Member for the last two years and always willing to lend a hand.  Jeremy volunteers hundreds of hours a year serving on several Klamath Basin volunteer boards including KTA, Shaw Historical Library, and the Linkville Lopers Running Club.  Jeremy is an avid mountaineer, having climbed Denali in Alaska, ultra marathoner (31 miles or more), event Race Director (Spence Mountain 50K), and general outdoor enthusiast. 

Returning Board Members:

Dennis Taugher - returning Board Member. Dennis is a founding member and has been serving as President since 2010. He has been active in a wide variety of duties over the years from helping plan events to trail maintenance. Dennis still enjoys long and challenging road bike rides. He has been a resident of Klamath Falls since 2007 and is pleased with the progress KTA has made in designing, building and maintaining trails.
Drew Honzel - returning Board Member since 2010. Drew is also one of the founding members having served as Board Secretary/Treasurer. He has been the driving force behind the development of the Spence Mountain Trail System, including writing numerous grants to help fund the construction. Spence has grown to a total of 42 miles. He has his finger on the pulse of KTA helping with a wide variety of tasks and projects. He enjoys trail running, cycling and backcountry skiing.  
JoAnn Clifton - returning Board member since 2010 and also a founding member. JoAnn has served us well as the Secretary/Treasurer.  She enjoys meeting the public with our event booth and is our greeter at the Annual Meeting. She helps organize and run our board meeting. She was recently elected to the Board of the Running Y Homeowners.
Grant Weidenbach - Grant served as an Advisory Board member for four years until recently retiring from his Park Ranger/Outdoor Recreation Planner career with the Bureau of Land Management.  A passionate trail user all his life, he developed an interest in local volunteer trail related work while working on a BLM trail project.  Grant coordinates KTA trail maintenance work on the Brown Mountain trail system in partnership with the Fremont-Winema National Forest.  In addition to cycling and hiking the local trails, Grant is an avid (some might say afflicted) backcountry and nordic skier and whitewater kayaker.

Trail Maintenance 

Thank-you to the many volunteers that performed trail maintenance last month.  In total there were 11 work days generating 84 hours of trail maintenance! So far this year we have tallied up 1,288 hours of trail maintenance.

Highlights of October:
Moore Park - 30 hours, re-routing T-Bar
Spence Mountain - 3 hours, clear downfall 
High Lakes Trail - 12 hours, replace interpretive signs, log-out
Brown Mountain Trail - 11 hours, cleared downfall, brushing
Wilderness Trails - 28 hours, log-out, paint signs, drainage 

Please post your maintenance hours on our trail work log.  You can include drive time to and from the trail location.  This helps us track volunteer hours and is especially important when applying for grants as it shows community support! 

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 about 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 11 households that named KTA (organization number: CH538) as their non-profit generating $45 in donations per quarter.  

AmazonSmile is also simple to set-up. Follow this link to support of Klamath Trails Alliance or this link for more information.  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 to join the mailing list for updates.
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