It all started with getting a technical grant from the National Parks Service, Rivers & Trails Conservation Assistance Program to create the Oakridge-Westfir Community Trails Plan in 2004. Public input through monthly meetings, surveys and open houses were vital in developing this plan. After finishing the Trails Plan in 2008, the group of hikers, bikers, runners and equestrians wanted to stay together to start implementing the Trails Plan. Meanwhile in 2008, the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) designated Oakridge as one of their first "Ride Centers" and has assisted in funding projects and partnerships between agencies and land managers.
The Greater Oakridge Area Trail Stewards was created to be the group to assist in implementing the Trails Plan. Greater Oakridge Area Trail Stewards (GOATS) is in the process of applying for tax-exempt, 501(c) 3 non-profit status.
Greater Oakridge Area Trail Stewards mission is to protect, create, and enhance quality trail experiences for mountain bikers in cooperation with other trail users in the Oakridge area. In addition, we actively promote responsible trail use, support volunteer trail work, assist land managers with trail management issues, and improve relations among all trail user groups.
Greater Oakridge Area Trail Stewards has a vision to continue working to maintain and extend a network of non-motorized trails for a variety of user groups in the Oakridge area by implementing the Oakridge-Westfir Community Trails Plan.