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Permit to include Timberline bike trails and skills park

— Mt. Hood National Forest Supervisor Christopher Worth signed a Decision Notice Nov. 19 to authorize an amendment of RLK and Company’s Special Use Permit to include the Timberline Ski Area Mountain Bike Trails and Skills Park.

RLK, the operator of Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, submitted a proposal to the Forest Service for a lift-assisted downhill mountain biking trail system and skills park in 2010. The project involves mountain bike riders using a chairlift to travel with their bikes to the top of a 17-mile mountain bike trail system, which would cross through ski trails and forested areas within the Timberline Ski Area.

The project includes a plan for a managed mountain bike park that would appeal to families and feature predominantly beginner and intermediate level trails, as well as features to aid in learning biking skills and riding etiquette.

Worth’s decision includes project design elements that would prevent erosion and damage to vegetation, as well as watershed restoration projects to correct pre-existing sedimentation issues that would be implemented concurrently with the bike park and trails construction.

The decision document and accompanying Environmental Assessment, including appeal instructions, are available on the Mt. Hood National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/mthood/landmanagement/projects/. Compact discs of the documents are available upon request by contacting Forest Planner, Kristy Boscheinen, at 503-668-1645 or kboscheinen@fs.fed.us.

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