Ashland Woodlands & Trails Association (AWTA)
Welcome to the Ashland Woodlands & Trails Association (AWTA) website. AWTA is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 group committed to helping preserve, maintain, and provide appropriate public access to the woodlands and trails in Ashland, Oregon.
The AWTA works in conjunction with the USDA Forest Service, Ashland Parks and Recreation, and the Ashland Forest Lands Commission to create and maintain a variety of trails used by hikers, runners, cyclists, and equestrians in the Ashland Watershed. Additionally, we work with the Pacific Crest Trail Association to maintain sections of the Pacific Crest Trail near Ashland.
Today, Ashland boasts a park system of 180 acres of developed park land, 463 acres of undeveloped park land, and over 20 miles of trails – all centered around Lithia Park, Ashland’s 93-acre crown jewel. To help ensure a lasting trails legacy, in 2006 we helped prepare the Ashland Trails Master Plan for city lands. In 2010, we began working with the Forest Service to create a trails plan for the Ashland Watershed, and in 2011, we submitted our Master Trails Plan for the Ashland Watershed. In 2014, the Forest Service completed their Environmental Assessment of our plan (which can be found here) and proposed an alternative. We’re pleased to announce that the Ashland Trails Plan was signed at the end of 2015. We began implementing the plan in 2016.
In addition to sharing leadership in the development of the Master Trails and Open Space Plan and building and maintaining trails, the AWTA raises funds through the annual Mount Ashland Hillclimb, grants, and private donations to purchase open space and fund trail construction and maintenance.
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