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  • Steph Noll

2022 Summit Recap

Updated: Nov 14, 2022

Thanks to the almost 275 summit attendees, all of our presenters, our trail stewardship event leaders and volunteers, our sponsors, raffle donors, host venues, planning committee members, and technical partners who made this year's summit possible.

We kicked off the 2022 summit with a welcome address from Congressman Blumenauer who spoke about the Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge Recreation Enhancement and Conservation Act and a keynote address from Matika Wilbur on Land, Water, Identity: Understanding Indigenous Kinship described as "profoundly impactful and insightful."

(Photo Credits from Top Left: Sean D. Burke: Photos 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24. Susan Schen: Photos 5, 6. Glenn Reynolds: Photos: 12, 13, 18, 20, 23. Steph Noll: Photo 9.)

Summit attendees participated in engaging breakout sessions on a wide variety of topics from youth development in the outdoors, to e-bikes on trails, from managing human waste, to trails connecting communities, from recreational liability, to collaboration and community partnerships, and more!

We heard from U.S. Forest Service Regional Forester, Glenn Casamassa, hosted the Oregon Trails Coalition Annual Coalition meeting, and heard exciting Oregon Outdoor Recreation Community updates from around the state. And attendees got outdoors! From a landscape photography hike, to trail maintenance, to mountain bike trail system design, to a mule packing workshop, to a family festival at Wildwood Recreation Site, to just plain playing on the green, and eating, drinking, and socializing at Skyway Bar and Grill.

And as one attendee put it, "the off-site dinner and networking was super fun, a great time socializing with peers - great venue, good food and drinks, great music. So many great sessions. You've really raised the bar for future conferences.”

You can find many summit presentations, videos, and resource links in the session descriptions on the summit agenda.

Thanks to the generosity of our summit community, we were able to provide thirty full scholarships and eight half scholarships to the summit, invite the larger community to a free Bring it Outside Family Festival held in partnership with Hike it Baby, and donate $450 to AntFarm Youth Services in Sandy from our summit raffle.

Save the date to join us next year in Coos Bay, Nov. 2nd-4th, 2023!

Thanks to all of our 2022 Oregon Outdoor Recreation Sponsors!

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