Sandy Ridge Hosts BLM Executive Leadership Training
The annual Executive Leadership Training for the Bureau of Land Management included an afternoon at the Sandy Ridge Trail System, which was developed as a joint effort between the BLM and IMBA. Anna Laxague (Pacific Northwest Regional Director), Jeremy Fancher (Interim Government Affairs Director), and Chris Bernhardt (Director of Field Programs) were present to speak with the BLM and other stakeholders about the value of the BLM-IMBA partnership and the success of the trail system that now boasts 120,000 visitors per year.
The event featured statements by BLM Director Neil Kornze, Senator Ron Wyden's office, Western Rivers Conservancy, Travel Oregon, and IMBA. Afterwards, BLM staff took a walking tour of the trails near the trailhead and then rode the lower trails on demo bikes provided by IMBA sponsor Niner Bikes. BLM State Directors from across the country were able to see first-hand what a quality mountain bicycle trail system looks and rides like, with the hope that more great projects will result from the experience.