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Crusher 4x4 Trail Conservation - Plight Of The Ravens

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Robin Stover | Writer
Posted January 1, 2008

BF Goodrich Honors A Local 4WD Club For Outstanding Efforts

For some, the idea of closing off public lands to 4x4s is just peachy. Luckily those folks haven't meddled with the pristine jewel known as "Crusher" in beautiful Tillamook State Forest-not yet, at least. Tillamook is located in northwestern Oregon, just outside of Portland, and for the time being, it houses an extensive trail system that offers enthusiasts a plethora of unspoiled terrain.

Meet the Raven Off-Road Club. Together these folks have helped secure the future of the Crushers trail, seen here in the foreground.

During the summer months, a small family-friendly group known as the Raven Off-Road Club can be found camping near and traversing the many challenging trails of Tillamook. However, last year it came to the attention of club members that the popular Crusher trail (one of Tillamook's finest) was quickly becoming a destination for a rare minority who didn't respect the rules posted by Oregon's Department of Forestry officials. Fearing the worst, the club got organized and started working to preserve the Crusher's trail for generations to come. Initiatives such as trail cleanups and maintenance work parties were just a few of the activities the Ravens organized. This year, BFGoodrich took notice of the Ravens hard work and decided to honor them for their exceptional contribution to the 4x4 community. The end result: BFG inducted Raven Off-Road Club as well as the Crusher trail into the well-known Outstanding Trails program. As such, BFG invited us out to document the milestone and help convey a message to the masses: Trail conservation is everyone's responsibility.

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