Legislative Session News, Trails Funding Webinars, and more

The Oregon Legislative Session Kicked Off Today: Here’s What You Need to Know!
Priority #1: Act Now to Defend the Trails You Love!

Recreational Immunity is a law that encourages public and private landowners to open their lands to the public by providing basic liability protections in the event of an injury. Oregon’s recreational immunity law was vasty weakened by recent court cases, and Oregon landowners have been advised to close their trails to the public. Learn more in our recorded webinar on the issue

Now is the time to act to prevent more closures and keep our trails open!

  1. Sign On Now to Protect Oregon Recreation! Join the Coalition to Restore Recreational Immunity and Realign Recreational Liability to all other Western states and keep the outdoors open and accessible! Add your organization or business’s name and logo to the growing list of partners urging lawmakers to Protect Oregon Recreation! Sign on now!
  2. Email your legislator.  Tell them what open trails mean for safety, health, and connectivity in your community. Let them know you want to see a fix to Oregon’s recreational immunity law in 2024 that clearly provides protections for all land managers that open their lands to the public for recreation free of charge and that clearly applies to both improved and unimproved trails.
  3. Join us for Trails Day at the Oregon Capitol on Monday, Feb. 12th! Join trails advocates from around the state in Salem to connect with each other and with legislators and staff to share the love of trails and strategize how we can work together to defend our current trails and build the trails we envision. We’ll be hosting a legislative training followed by meetings with legislators and a Trail Mix(er) in the Capitol building. RSVP now!
  4. Donate to the Protect Oregon Recreation Fund to ensure we maintain a consistent voice for trails in the Capitol. Individuals, businesses, and organizations can all contribute, and Trails Day Grassroots Sponsor opportunities start at $250!

Other bills we’re tracking so far this session:

HB 4148: Wildlife Package (Oregon Trails Coalition-endorsed) Hearing scheduled for Feb. 6th!

SB 1512 and HB 4110: Gives money to the Port of Cascade Locks for the Bridge of the Gods. The money will be used for the bridge’s seismic analysis and strengthening project. (Oregon Trails Coalition-endorsed)

HB 4067: Micromobilty Taskforce: (Coalition has requested language for recreation land manager + non-motorized trail user representation on taskforce from bill sponsor)

HB 4103: E-bike Classifications: (We’re learning more about this bill. Let us know what you think.)

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