Tuesday, June 25, 2013
On June 1, the 44 Trails Association hosted a trail work day followed by a fundraiser at Dirty Fingers Bicycle. About 50 volunteers worked on the trails while more than 100 people attended the party.
“Over $3,500 was raised and fun has had by all,” said organizer Joe McCulluch. The sponsors include Dirty Fingers Bicycle, Dakine, Doppio, Double Mountain Brewery, Full Sail Brewing, Pfriem Family Brewers, Pine Street Bakery, Oakley, Ovino, Shortt Supply, Smith Optics, Shimano, TREW, Timberline Lodge and the U.S. Forest Service.
The 44 Trails Association (44Trails) is a pending nonprofit 501(c)(3) community service corporation dedicated to the planning, building, maintenance and stewardship of non-motorized trails on federal land accessible from Forest Service Road 44 in Oregon’s Wasco and Hood River counties.
Its mission is to retain access to and maintain existing non-motorized, multi-use trails in this rural area as well as actively encouraging new trail development on both public and private lands in the area.
A primary focus is coordination and cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service to maintain and develop trails on federal land.
44Trails also works closely with state and local government agencies as well as numerous like-minded volunteer organizations such as the Backcountry Horsemen of Oregon, Columbia Area Mountain Bike Advocates, Northwest Trails Alliance, Central Oregon Trails Association and Hood River Area Trail Stewards.
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