OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

The Right Trail Website Launches!

The Right Trail, a trails mapping website for Benton County has just launched. This collaborative project is a free resource for public trails, where everyone from casual visitors to serious outdoor recreationists can search for new places to run, walk the dog, watch birds, or find family-friendly natural areas. Site visitors use tools including interactive maps and a sortable selection of recreation activities to find trails that best meet their needs and interests. The Right Trail features all of the publicly-accessible trails in Benton County, with the hope that this project eventually extends throughout the entire Willamette Valley and beyond.

“Here in the valley, we have a large number of trails and outdoor recreation opportunities that deserve to be better known and appreciated,” said Michael Pope, Executive Director of Greenbelt Land Trust.  “We’ve seen increased use at a few popular trails, which is great. Still, a lot of people don’t realize how much more there is to explore, even close to home.”

The Right Trail is funded by the Recreational Trails Program of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, along with Greenbelt Land Trust, Benton County Natural Areas and Parks, OSU College Forests, and the City of Corvallis Department of Parks and Recreation. Together with other agencies operating trails in the area and local trail advocates, these organizations worked together for the last three years to create the site—a unique partnership of government, non-profit and trails enthusiasts. As the first such comprehensive online resource for trails and outdoor recreation sponsored and produced by local trails managers in the mid-Valley, The Right Trail joins projects like the Intertwine Alliance of the Portland Metro area and the Willamette Water Trail website in providing interactive, hands-on trails information.

“The Right Trail is a powerful tool for inspiring first-time and long-time trail users alike to get outside,” said Pope.

www.therighttrail.org

For information, contact:

Jessica McDonald, Development Director

Greenbelt Land Trust │PO Box 1721│Corvallis, OR 97339 │541.752.9609

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