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Know Your Forest: The Wilson River flows 33 miles thru the Tillamook State Forest all the way to the Tillamook Bay. Deep pools and rocky shores, perfect for your summer swim or the incredible populations of Chinook, Chum, and Steelhead. Mark this on your maps and come play in the forest.
Come adventure in the Tillamook Forest! We've partnered with Cycle Oregon to bring you their inaugural Gravel Ride - October 5th-7th. The route will explore the areas surrounding the future Salmonberry Trail and we'll be hosting site tours throughout the weekend for curious riders. With funds raised at these incredible rides @cycleoregon supports communities all across Oregon. These Community and Signature Grants - like the one awarded to @thesalmonberrytrail - can turn dreams into reality. Come Ride!
Running nearby the future Salmonberry Trail is Highway 6 which was just officially designated as Oregon's Trees to Sea Scenic Byway! Jack Mulder of Tillamook Creamery, and board member of the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust, framed this historical recognition aptly: "If we went back in time and told those who faced the ashes of the Tillamook Burn that Hwy 6 would someday be the Trees to Sea Scenic Byway, do you think they would believe us?" A good reminder of the what the combined power of time, dedicated communities, and the forest can do.
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What began ten years ago as a grand vision connecting the Oregon Coast to the Valley, crossed a milestone on April 6th, 2018 when the Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) agreed in a unanimous vote to sign the lease agreement with the Port of Tillamook Bay, moving the project into its next phase for planning and development.
Tony Hyde, Former Mayor of Vernonia, Oregon tells the story of one of the most memorable community meetings he ever attended.
When the concept of the Banks Vernonia was first proposed at a local meeting it was met with such fierce opposition that the State Police had to be called in. Subsequently, the idea was then shelved for a decade.
Would you like to ride your bike on a trail from Banks to Tillamook? Or explore the remote Salmonberry Canyon? How about a stroll from Garibaldi to Barview with views of the Three Graces alongside lovingly restored steam engines?
Alana Kambury has joined the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust and Salmonberry Trail team as Community Director to help organize and lead communications, partnerships, events, and fundraising for the Trust's work, including the Salmonberry Trail.
Scope of work being prepared for complicated planning job in the Salmonberry Canyon
Maybe you’ve heard the middle section of the Salmonberry Trail referred to as the “16 miles of chaos.” That’s a pretty good description, given how much damage that stretch experienced from the 2007 super storm.
The 2007 Great Coastal Gale damaged or destroyed bridges, tunnels and miles of railroad grade in this stretch. Figuring out how and where to get a trail through this remote stretch near the top of the Coast Range is going to take some careful and serious planning and engineering.
Detailed planning for the valley segment of the future Salmonberry Trail—located between Banks and Reehers Camp Campground in the Tillamook State Forest—is now underway, thanks to a significant grant from the Washington County Visitors Association.
Even though we’re still several years away from major trail construction, there’s plenty of work to do to get ready: trail segment planning, engineering assessments, public involvement, permitting, and what feels like a million other things to think about and prepare for. We’ve been busy collectively raising capacity funds to assist with this work, and we need your help.
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