June 12, 2015

Alan Unger, Commissioner
Deschutes County
PO Box 6005
Bend, OR 97708-6005

Dear Mr. Unger,

I have family in Sisters and frequently travel to the area. As an avid
cyclist, I wholly support a trail from Black Butte Ranch to Sisters. I have
enjoyed mountain biking in the Sisters area but felt like the options were
limited. The trail from Sisters to Black Butte would expand those options
and provide a safe trail as an alternative to a busy highway. As a cyclist,
I have experienced "close calls" with distracted drivers. Safety is constant
issue.

I understand that the Forest Service is evaluating the possibility of this
trail. Central Oregon is known for its variety of outdoor activities, and a
significant reason why many choose to vacation there. I feel that a trail
that connects Sisters to Black Butte would reinforce the community's focus
on providing healthy outdoor activities, not only for tourists but for the
people to live there.

Please accept this letter in support of the Black Butte trail.

Vicki Kimbrel
Springfield, Oregon