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Dec 18th
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Tualatin Valley and Madras Mountain Views bikeways have been designated as new Scenic Bikeways by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission, bringing to 11 the number of official state Scenic Bikeways.

The commission approved the designation at its May 2013 meeting in Baker City. The Oregon Scenic Bikeways program is the first and only of its kind in the country. Launched in 2005, the program, which now includes more than 790 miles of designated scenic bikeways, is a partnership between Cycle Oregon, Travel Oregon, the Oregon Department of Transportation and OPRD.
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Seven trails in five Western states were designated as national recreation trails on May 31, 2013 by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis.

The seven trails, located in California, Iowa, Missouri, New Mexico and Texas, are among a total of 28 trails in 18 states that received the federal designation under President Obama's America's Great Outdoors program to promote outdoor recreation and reconnect Americans to nature.
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In response to increased complaints and collisions on local trails, the National Park Service (NPS) has teamed with the Concerned Off-Road Bicyclist Association (CORBA) to promote safe and courteous riding in the Santa Monica Mountains in Southern California.

"We're thrilled that there is great demand for the public to enjoy the beauty and public health benefits of our extensive trail system," said Melanie Turner, law enforcement ranger and mountain bike unit coordinator with Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA)."For the benefit and safety of all users, we ask people to follow proper trail etiquette and observe the 15 mph speed limit."
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One of three critical remaining pieces of land necessary to complete the 65-mile Backbone Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area has been acquired by the National Park Service.

The five-acre property, acquired in September 2011, is along the Etz Meloy Motorway, and is close to a popular lookout that offers a 360-degree view of the ocean, mountains and inland valleys accessible from the Encinal Canyon Trailhead.
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