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.
This segment is an opportunity to bring a face to the conversation of this trail. It’s the heroes, the hikers, and the locals that bring life to the project that can feel intangible to the outside reader. This section can provide future hope from different perspectives, creating solidarity and practicing patience while the trail is under construction. The stories are aimed to inspire participation, conversation, and maybe even self-reflection. * Who / Where / Perspective / Call to Action
The Salmonberry Trail and Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust were underwriting sponsors for the recent Roadmap to the Outdoors Symposium, organized by First Gentleman Dan Little, Governor Kate Brown and Travel Oregon.
A preliminary look into the economic and health benefits of the proposed Salmonberry Trail has identified significant potential value in each category.
The Salmonberry Trail was a focus of conversation last week on set at the Tualatin Valley Community Television studios. In this clip, "Cyclogy Today" TV host and Northwest Bicycle Safety Council president , Ann Morrow, interviews Doug Decker about the history of the Port of Tillamook Bay Railway and the future of the proposed Salmonberry Trail. Decker discusses his role as development director plus the challenges and opportunities the project brings.
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