State Forests Recreation Fund

State Forests Recreation Fund

In addition to supporting The Salmonberry Trail project and The Tillamook Forest Center, the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust also manages the State Forests Recreation Fund.  The fund was established in 2016 in memory of Wayne Naillon, long-time trail volunteer and advocate for outdoor recreation. The fund is used to support recreation management projects, and trail and facility maintenance on the Tillamook State Forest and other state forests.  When complete, the Salmonberry Trail will traverse the northern portion of the Tillamook State Forest and will connect to several existing trails, making an extensive trail network accessible from the Tualatin Valley. Your support for the State Forests Recreation Fund will help keep this trail network open and accessible into the future.

Volunteer In The Woods

Volunteer In The Woods

Yes! We know how excited you are for this trail and have heard from so many of you on how you want to help physically come to life.

While the future Salmonberry Trail has yet to break ground, there are plenty of ways to develop your trail skills in the meantime and connect to the communities surrounding the trail.

With the Oregon Department of Forestry, SOLVE, and the Trailkeepers of Oregon there are so many opportunities this year to get your hands dirty.

New Education Pavilion at Tillamook Forest Center

New Education Pavilion at Tillamook Forest Center

The Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust is continuing its legacy of support for the Tillamook Forest Center through a successful fundraising campaign to build a new outdoor education pavilion at this iconic interpretive center located in the heart of the Tillamook State Forest.  Over the past two years, the Trust raised nearly $500,000 for this project, and construction is now underway. The pavilion will be complete in the coming month, and a grand opening event is set for Friday, June 22, 1:30 – 3:30 P.M. With a capacity of 150, the new pavilion will greatly increase the Center’s ability to host student groups from area schools for outdoor education programs starting this coming fall.

2018 Gravel Ride // October 5th-7th

2018 Gravel Ride // October 5th-7th

Join us with Cycle Oregon for a two-day gravel-fest down roads less traveled. We’re setting up camp in Tillamook State Forest and giving riders a variety of heart-pumping, pedal-churning routes to choose from daily. Gravel riders will have the whole Cycle Oregon experience – tents, showers, route support, main stage, beer garden – only this time, we’re going to be a lot more up close and personal with nature. Feel the calm of the forest as you crank through the firs and ferns, spruce and salal. See the abandoned rails and trestles that will someday be the Salmonberry Trail, connecting the Valley to the Coast. Come out, test your grit and enjoy the challenges and rewards of this first-of-its-kind backwoods biking experience.

The Wilson River

The Wilson River

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. 

Cycle Oregon's 2018 Gravel Ride in the Tillamook State Forest

Cycle Oregon's 2018 Gravel Ride in the Tillamook State 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!

Trees to Sea Scenic Byway

Trees to Sea Scenic Byway

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.    

PHOTO CREDIT: Neil Sy Photo

Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency signs Salmonberry Trail Rail Line Use Agreement with Port of Tillamook Bay.

Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency signs Salmonberry Trail Rail Line Use Agreement with Port of Tillamook Bay.

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.

Making Sense of the 16 Miles of Chaos

Making Sense of the 16 Miles of Chaos

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. 

Salmonberry Trail Partnership Raises $2-plus million so far

Salmonberry Trail Partnership Raises $2-plus million so far

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.

Trail Blazers: Stevie Stephens Burden, Mayor of Wheeler, Oregon

Trail Blazers: Stevie Stephens Burden, Mayor of Wheeler, Oregon

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 was a focus of conversation last week on set at the Tualatin Valley Community Television studios.

The Salmonberry Trail was a focus of conversation last week on set at the Tualatin Valley Community Television studios.

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.