August 24, 2015

To Alan Unger,

Alan, As you know, the National Forest Foundation (NFF) has been working in “Sisters Country” for about five years to help improve the visitor experience in the Wychus and Metolius watersheds and in other areas of the Deschutes National Forest. We have worked closely with the Sisters Chamber of Commerce to involve volunteers in National Forest stewardship and increase visibility of the area as an exceptional destination for those who enjoy the great outdoors. The NFF has also created a Forest Stewardship Fund which is supported by a number of businesses in the Sisters area.

You may also be aware that we started the Ride for Two Rivers to help bring cyclists to enjoy the area and to help raise funds that we then matched and invested in community-based conservation and recreation projects. I understand from NFF board member, Bart Eberwein that a bike and pedestrian path is being considered to connect the community of Sisters to Black Butte Ranch. On behalf of the NFF and our interest in enhancing the outdoor experiences of visitors to the Deschutes National Forest, I am writing to support the development of this important trail. The most dangerous section of the Ride for Two Rivers has always been the stretch between Black Butte Ranch and Sisters.

I am confident that the many values that people come to enjoy in Sisters Country will be enhanced with the addition of this new bicycle path. Cyclists and walkers/hikers will have a safer journey on a path, rather than walking or cycling along the road with vehicles passing at a high rate speed. I wish you and those working on the development of this trail the best of luck in secure the necessary approvals and funding to make this wonderful idea a reality. If you feel this message of support should be directed to other individuals or organizations, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

Best regards, Bill

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William J. Possiel

President

National Forest Foundation

Building 27, Suite 3

Fort Missoula Road

Missoula, MT 59802

Office: (406) 542-2805
Fax: (406) 542-2810

Cell: (202) 744-6336

www.nationalforests.org