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To support the Metolius River and Whychus Creek Treasured Landscapes restoration projects, cyclists will use their pedal power to benefit two rivers.

Register Now - Oregon Cycling Event to Benefit Two Rivers

Third annual Ride for Two Rivers set for June 16

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Sisters, Ore.–  Join the National Forest Foundation and Cycle Oregon on June 16 for the Ride for Two Rivers, a bicycle tour up the stunning McKenzie Pass to benefit two Wild and Scenic Rivers. Metolius River and Whychus Creek frame the town of Sisters, Ore., and run through the Deschutes National Forest. Both rivers provide habitat to threatened fish species and are in need of restoration. Come cycle with your friends and family through forested landscapes and striking fields of lava while helping to support restoration of these beautiful rivers.

Cyclists at McKenzie Pass
2011 Ride for Two Rivers cyclists take a snack break under the Ponderosa Pines while heading up McKenzie Pass.

One-hundred percent of the ride proceeds support on-the-ground conservation and restoration projects within the National Forest Foundation’s Treasured Landscapescampaign site encompassing these watersheds. Restoration efforts focus on enhancing recreational opportunities, while improving the health of the rivers and wildlife habitat. The NFF and partners are striving to improve in-stream habitat to support the groundbreaking return of steelhead and sockeye salmon, which are coming home in increasing numbers to Whychus Creek and the Metolius River.

The Ride for Two Rivers will take cyclists up McKenzie Pass, one of the most spectacular rides in the state. The ride begins at FivePine Lodge in Sisters and winds through a forested landscape to the top of the spectacular lava rock moonscape of McKenzie Pass, offering pristine mountain views along the way. This unique opportunity offers participants the chance to ride on the pass road before it is open to motor vehicles. Riders will coast back to FivePine Lodge where they can enjoy an evening dinner. Two ride options will be offered – a longer route as well as a shorter family route. This fully supported ride is the perfect way to use your pedal power for good!

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If you have any questions please contact Lisa Leonard, Oregon program coordinator, at lleonard@nationalforests.org or 503.241.0467.

NFF Specialists

Mary Mitsos

Vice President, Conservation Programs 
NFF conservation programs, community-based conservation
406-830-3351 
mmitsos@nationalforests.org

Greg Peters

Director of Communications
NFF conservation programs and events, community-based conservation
406-830-3361 
gpeters@nationalforests.org

Wes Swaffar

Ecosystem Services Program Manager
Tree-planting & Carbon Capital Fund programs 
406-830-3356 
wswaffar@nationalforests.org

Vance Russell

Director, California Program 
NFF programs in CA 
530-758-2609 
vrussell@nationalforests.org

Adam Liljeblad

Director of Conservation Awards
Grants and grant programs
406-830-3357
aliljeblad@nationalforests.org