The Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA) this week announced a $200,000 grant to the Salmonberry Trail. Funds will be used to assist with detailed planning and engineering field study work that will lead to construction of a 20-mile segment of the 80-mile rail-trail in the Banks area of western Washington County where the trail will connect with the Banks-Vernonia State Trail and recreation developments in Stub Stewart State Park and in the Tillamook State Forest.
Wheeler Mayor Stevie Burden, Banks Mayor Pete Edison, and City Manager of Tillamook Paul Wyntergreen speak about what the Salmonberry Trail means to their communities, Oregon, and why they are enthusiastic supporters of the proposed multi-use pathway where construction is scheduled to start in the City of Tillamook this year.
In this post you can download the full Salmonberry Trail Coast Segment Planning Study Final Plan Report.
The dream of a Salmonberry Trail began in 2012 when a dedicated group of supporters formed an informal coalition to discuss and study how the trail project might come together. The coalition grew to include communities, organizations and individuals and it provided sufficient structure and guidance to complete a feasibility study and eventually a concept plan. These planning efforts made it clear that to guide a large and complex project over a period of many years, a formal governance structure was needed to meet the challenges facing trail development and management.
Thanks to a significant planning grant from the Tillamook County Transient Lodging Tax Facilities program, the Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) and project partners have a much clearer understanding of what it will take to build the coastal segment of the Salmonberry Trail, from the unincorporated community of Mohler though the cities of Wheeler, Rockaway Beach, Garibaldi and Bay City, a distance of 23 miles.
Cycle Oregon has extended its generous support for the Salmonberry Trail by pledging to raise a total of $1 million for the project. Cycle Oregon Executive Director Steve Schulz announced the commitment during Cycle Oregon’s 30th Anniversary celebration event January 24th.
An abundance of case studies on rail-trail projects across the nation clearly show the positive economic connection between trail use and local economies. The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) is preparing to study and document this connection in communities along the trail, and to examine other social and health benefits as a way of describing the Salmonberry Trail’s potential impact in the region.
The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency will meet in Salem to discuss issues related to ownership and management of the proposed 84 mile Salmonberry Trail corridor that will connect the cities of Tillamook and Banks.
The proposed Salmonberry Trail project is gaining momentum and support . In 2007, what was once a railroad through some of Oregon's most remote forest was wrecked beyond cost-effective repair by severe weather.
The Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust is establishing a new fund to support recreation management on state forests. A close friend of Wayne Naillon, long-time trail volunteer and advocate, has announced they plan to donate $50,000 in Wayne’s memory toward establishment of the State Forest Recreation Fund.
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