2022 Small Project Grant Awardees

Central Oregon Trail Alliance – $7,445

West Bend Trailhead Map Project

COTA used the funds to (1) purchase and install maps at nine popular trailheads and parking areas used to access the trails west of Bend and (2) build a new kiosk at one of the nine locations.

Central Oregon Nordic Club – $7,500

Nordic Trail Markers and Signs

The Central Oregon Nordic Club was awarded this grant to help them implement the
rerouting of ten miles of cross country ski and snowshoe trails out of five Sno-Parks in the
Cascade Lakes Highway corridor, and replacement of approximately 70 worn or damaged
junctions signs on the nordic trails they maintain.

Sisters Trail Alliance – $5,000

Whychus Wild & Scenic River Stewardship Project

STA purchased and installed permanent trail counters at key access points to the Portal Trail and at the Whychus Overlook to clarify current usage and identify changes in use patterns over time. Additional signage will be installed to minimize off-trail passage and increase educational messaging around natural and sensitive habitat and proper trail etiquette. Volunteer Trail Stewards will monitor the area for usage, outreach and maintenance issues and provide support for Wild & Scenic messaging with visitors to help educate the public about the sensitive nature of this trail and corridor.

Friends of Central Cascades Wilderness- $5,676

New Trail Sign Making Device (Router)

With the use of their new Axiom Router, FCCW is about to make signage more quickly, efficiently and safely for the Forest Service and volunteer partners while avoiding the impending failure of the old router.

The Forest Service – $10,283

Black Butte Area Signs, Phil’s Access Road, Shevlin Heritage Project

The grant funding received from DTC was used for three projects for accessibility and habitat protection. The Phil’s access road project implemented a large boulder barrier along the road to protect adjacent habitat from being driven on. The Shevlin fence project installed two sections of fence and decommissioned an unauthorized trail to protect a sensitive heritage site which has been repeatedly vandalized. The Black Butte Area Signs project replaced signs in the Black Butte area that had fallen into disrepair, and as a result the area had become challenging for the average person to navigate.

Meissner Nordic – $4,000

Sno-Park Accessibility Program

The primary goal of this project was to make the winter trails at Wanoga, Swampy Lakes and
Virginia Meissner Sno-Parks more accessible to people with disabilities by maintaining the
“transition areas” between the parking lots which are plowed by ODOT and the trails which are
groomed by volunteer organizations. The way we achieved this goal was by grooming gradual snow
ramps that start at parking lot level and end at or near the trailhead. Grooming of transitional
ramps took approximately 10-20 times per month as needed based on snow events.