Sisters Trail Alliance wins National Wild and Scenic River Stewardship Award


SISTERS, Ore. (KTVZ) – Deschutes National Forest will host a short ceremony on Friday honoring members of the Sisters Trail Alliance who won this year’s National Wild and Scenic Award for Outstanding Stewardship of the Wild River and picturesque. The award is one of four national awards for the management of wild and scenic rivers.

The awards ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. on Friday, starting at the trailhead for the Whychus Scenic Overlook and ending at the lookout. The trail is fully accessible. The Whychus Scenic Overlook Trailhead is located 5 miles south of Sisters on Forest Service Road 16 (Three Stream Road).

The Sisters Trail Alliance won the award for many of its efforts to restore Whychus Creek. Please see their accomplishments highlighted on the attached nomination form.

The nomination prepared by the Sisters Ranger District of Deschutes National Forest stated:

The Sisters Trails Alliance (STA)… assists (ed) by accepting grant funding for tasks necessary to complete approved facilities and restoration. These included: 1 mile barrier-free loop, viewing platform, restrooms, 3 mile river trail, 1 mile connecting trail, and trail to trails – mountain bike trail.

STA has developed a stewardship program, supporting the implementation and ongoing maintenance of the management plan by regularly educating other trail users on the values ​​of the Wild and Scenic River, helping to rehabilitate social trails and scattered campsites not designated, monitoring successes and infractions throughout the implementation of management plan. Their invaluable assistance in managing the Whychus Wild and Scenic River Corridor cannot be overstated.

“We are very grateful for the work done in partnership over many years with the Sisters Trail Alliance to restore and maintain the health and beauty of Whychus Creek and we want to celebrate them by winning this important national award for their stewardship,” said Holly Jewkes, Supervisor of Deschutes National Forest.

For more information on the awards ceremony or the award itself, please contact Sara Baughman, Recreation Team Manager for the Sisters Ranger District at [email protected] or 541- 419-3132.

For more information on the Sisters Trail Alliance: https://www.sisterstrails.org/


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