New Georeferenced Ashland Map Guide showcases Ashland’s Outdoors
Now georeferenced on the Avenza app (www.avenzamaps.com) courtesy of Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, the new Ashland Map Guide, produced by Travel Ashland and the Ashland Chamber can be used on your phone when you are out on the trails of Ashland.
Due to high demand of the Ashland Map Guide, Travel Ashland produced a new edition published the first week of September, 2019. This Guide continues to be a useful tool for visitors and locals of all ages for hiking, biking and navigating Ashland. The Ashland Map Guide includes maps of the Ashland Watershed, Lithia Park and Ashland City Streets with updated trail information to provide wayfinding to responsibly recreate. Maps were built by Dragonfly Lea Richards, City of Ashland GIS analyst with direction from Katharine Cato, Travel Ashland who wrote and designed it. Graphic design was executed by Dana Welsh, Ashland Chamber.
The Ashland Map Guide originated in 2016 from the stewardship and collaboration of the Ashland Forest Resiliency project, telling the story of healthy forest management. With culture being the cornerstone to Ashland’s visitor base of 350,000, Ashland is becoming increasingly known for its trails, and access to outdoor adventures, enjoyed not only by locals but by visitors choosing Ashland as their travel destination. Factor in a thriving culinary scene with award-winning wines, over 100 restaurants and talented mixologists and chefs, and you have an unmatched destination. Travel Ashland is Ashland’s official destination marketing organization that promotes each season and the experiences Ashland offers to groups, leisure travelers and the tourism industry.
The new cover of the Ashland Map Guide showcases Sierra Samhammer riding Jaberwocky, a challenging single-track trail in the Ashland Watershed. A role model to all female riders, Sierra is a 13-year-old BMX racer and avid mountain bike rider from Medford. She has been racing BMX competitively for 8 years, and has captured state championship #1 status 10 times during her short career. For the past 4 years, Sierra has competed on the National BMX circuit, traveling around the West Coast and beyond. Last season, she won the prestigious Race of Champions, and finished in the top-10 at the Grand Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which is the final culminating National event of the season. When she is not competing against the Expert boys at our local BMX track, Rogue Valley BMX, she can be found riding the incredible trails of Ashland with her friends and family. BMX racing can be incredibly intense and competitive, which is why Sierra's time on her mountain bike is so special to her. Out on the trail, there's no worry of beating someone to the finish line or being told to "pedal, pedal, pedal", which is a daily occurrence on the track. Sierra feels very lucky to have such an amazing outlet in our local trail system, and she hopes to see you out there riding with her soon.
Thank you to the partners that made it possible: Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission, City of Ashland Public Works, Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest who manages the land many of these trails are on, Ashland Woodlands and Trails Association and Ashland Forest Resiliency partners. The Ashland Map Guide is available in print, online at travelashland.com or georeferenced on www.avenzamaps.com If you’d like to request a stack or a box please contact Katharine Cato firstname.lastname@example.org
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