Selection of rights of way for trails
(1) The State Parks and Recreation Department shall select the rights of way for trails designated as Oregon Recreation Trails by ORS 390.962 (Criteria for establishing trails) (1)(a) and (b). Such rights of way shall be:
(a) Of sufficient width and so located as to protect natural conditions, scenic and historic features, and any primitive character of the trail area; to provide campsites, shelters, and related public-use facilities along trails in more remote areas; and to provide reasonable public access.
(b) Located to avoid, in so far as reasonably practicable, established highways, motor roads, mining areas, power transmission lines, existing commercial and industrial developments, range fences and improvements, private logging operations, and any other activities that would be incompatible with the protection of the trailside environment in its natural condition and the use of the trail for outdoor recreation.
(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, it is recognized that in many instances (especially in urban areas and for some types of trails across or near private land) it may be advisable to locate segments of trails in or near existing rights of way for roads, highways, public utilities or telecommunications utilities, excluding power transmission lines; and it is recognized that trail rights of way on occasion may be located, or from time to time relocated, through, or adjacent to, lands used for private timber (including logging), agriculture, commercial or industrial operations and that such location or relocation of a trail right of way, of itself, shall not impose any limitation upon an otherwise lawful use of the adjacent private land except to the extent of the terms of any agreement with the private landowner as provided in ORS 390.971 (Department duties and powers) (1) and except as may be provided by any zoning ordinance, law or regulation.
(3) The location and width of an Oregon recreation trail right of way across federal lands under the jurisdiction of a federal agency shall be by agreement between that agency and the department.
(4) In selecting a right of way, the department shall endeavor to obtain the advice and assistance of the local governments, private organizations, landowners, the land users concerned, and the advisory council established under ORS 390.977 (Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council).
(5) The department shall hold a public hearing in the area of the state where the selection of such right of way is to be made. Subject to ORS 390.971 (Department duties and powers), after public hearing, the department may revise the location and width of a right of way from time to time as required by circumstances, with the consent of the head of any federal agency involved, and with such advice and assistance of the local governments, private organizations, landowners, land users, and the advisory council, as the department considers necessary or advisable. [1971 c.614 §7; 1987 c.447 §124]
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