Until January 2, 2025, the council will annually review and provide input on investment priorities for department bicycle and pedestrian projects on signature, scenic or recreation trails proposed under requirements of 2019 OL Chapter 491 Section 28. (a) Bicycle and pedestrian transportation projects may include improving walking and bicycling access in areas where no connection exists, transportation options are limited or significant safety concerns are addressed by the improvement.
One member of the council shall be a member of the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee created in ORS 362.112.
Evaluation of Applications
To be considered as an Oregon Scenic Trail, a proponent must submit to the department a complete Oregon Scenic Trail Application form in the format specified by the department, including a detailed Trail Management Plan.
The department will review each Oregon Scenic Trail application for completeness and eligibility, including whether the application adequately addresses the considerations provided in ORS 390.965 (Hearing required)(2). The department will provide all complete, eligible applications to the council. Incomplete or ineligible applications will be returned to the proponents with an explanation of the deficiencies.
Minimizing adverse effects on adjacent landowners,
Harmony with and complement to established forest, agricultural, or other use plans, and
Any natural features, agriculture, forest, unusual or unique landforms, vegetation, water components, scenic beauty and interest, as well as amenities available to the route.
Based on the application, field review, and scoring, the council shall determine if the trail qualifies to be recommended for designation as an Oregon Scenic Trail.
If the council does not recommend designating the route as an Oregon Scenic Trail, it shall provide comments and recommendations to the proponent. The proponent may reapply to the council only after fully addressing the recommendations of the council.
The council shall provide each recommendation for designation as an Oregon Scenic Trail to the director.
After the public meetings required in subsection (b), the director shall either:
Submit the council’s recommendation to the commission for approval or denial of the proposed Oregon Scenic Trail; or
Request that the council provide further consideration of issues presented in the public meeting.
The department will enter into written cooperative agreements with landowners, federal agencies, other state agencies, local governments, private organizations and individuals as necessary to ensure that the development, signing, operation, maintenance, location or relocation of the trail meet the Oregon Scenic Trail standards.
The department shall evaluate each Oregon Scenic Trail at least once every five years. The department will provide the council an evaluation and inventory of the trail features. Upon review, the council may recommend:
The trail be improved to meet the standards of state designation; or
Removal of Oregon Scenic Trails designation when or if the trail no longer meets the criteria.
Signing and Publication of Oregon Scenic Trails.
Consistent with the requirements of ORS 390.959 (Composition of trails system), the department will establish sign standards and coordinate sign placement for each trail the commission designates as an Oregon Scenic Trail.
The department will publish on its web page and make available standardized route maps for all Oregon Scenic Trails.