FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. When is the trail going to open?
A. We are still in the planning stages for trail development. The trail will probably be developed in small increments. If all goes well you may see some portions of the trail be developed several years from now.

Q. Who is going to manage and maintain the trail?
A. Trail operators have not yet been identified. Prior to any trail segments being developed, operating agreements with the Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency will be in place.

Q. What is STIA?
A.
 The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) was formed in 2015 as a governance structure to guide development of the project. This new intergovernmental partnership of 11 agencies and leaders includes the Oregon Department of Forestry, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Tillamook County, the Port of Tillamook Bay, Washington County; the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde; the non-profit Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust; the Washington County Visitors Association; Senator Betsy Johnson from Senate District 16; Representative Debbie Boone from House District 32; and the Governor’s Regional Solutions Team North Coast Coordinator.

STIA’s primary role is to plan the development and maintenance of this multi-use trail. While much of its first year of work involved establishing the organization, STIA has launched a number of significant projects, including development of a master plan for the Coastal segment of the trail and, efforts to develop an agreement with the Port of Tillamook Bay to rail bank the right-of-way and allowing for development of a recreational trail. While STIA is focused on trail planning and maintenance, its non-profit partner Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust is focused on raising funds and support for the project. Together STIA and the Trust are being joined and supported by a growing list of individuals and organizations interested in making the Salmonberry Trail a reality.

STIA board meetings are open to the public. The STIA meets every other month. For more information about STIA, contact Dennis Wiley, Salmonberry Trail Project Manager, at dennis.wiley@oregon.gov or by phone at 503-986-0723.

Q. Can I hike the Salmonberry now?
A. No, The ROW is closed to the public and will not be opened until trail operators are in place and safety concerns mitigated.