Salmonberry Trail profiled by Portland television

Salmonberry Trail profiled by Portland television

Viewers in the Portland area were treated to an inside look at the Salmonberry Trail project by KPTV Channel 12. The story, which aired on July 18, 2017, describes the great potential and the planning associated with Oregon's most ambitious rail-trail project. It also provides an important reminder the trail doesn't exist yet and is not safe or open to public access. Here's a link to the story. 

The Photo of the Week

The Photo of the Week

Construction of the Pacific Railway and Navigation Line took six years (1905-1911) and included 13 tunnels and 60 bridges, 35 of which were more than 100 feet long. The original wood trestle bridges were replaced with steel like this one in the mid 1920s. During the flood, high water washed around this steel bridge and its concrete abutments threatening to leave it disconnected from the main line.

Special News Update: Salmonberry Trail Receives National Attention and Funding

Special News Update: Salmonberry Trail Receives National Attention and Funding

FOREST GROVE, OR—Oregon’s proposed Salmonberry Trail—connecting the Portland metro area and the Oregon Coast with an 86-mile long multiple-use trail—took a major step forward this week when it received national attention and funding from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), the nation's largest trails organization dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails. RTC awarded the Salmonberry Trail project $30,000 to fund an economic and health benefit study to gauge future contributions of the trail to surrounding communities.

Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week

Cochran Pond. This was a pond used to hold logs that fed the C.H. Wheeler Lumber Company mill that stood on this spot from 1909-1932. Cochran is located at the summit of the Oregon Coast Range (elevation 1,833 feet), where the railroad line crossed over the top of the Coast Range from the Nehalem River watershed to the Salmonberry River watershed. During the 19-teens and 1920s, there was a full-fledged logging town here with railroad depot, a school, two pool halls, bunk houses, a big cookhouse and family houses. Cochran was named for brothers Joseph and J. Henry Cochran, lumbermen from Ashland, Wisconsin who began buying up large tracts of forest in this area in 1901. Railroad construction crews started in Tillamook and in Hillsboro in 1905-6 and worked toward the middle. They met just west of here in 1911.

Salmonberry Trail meeting set for Friday, June 2nd in Tillamook

Salmonberry Trail meeting set for Friday, June 2nd in Tillamook

The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) will meet at The Officer’s Mess Hall at the Port of Tillamook Bay on the morning of Friday, June 2nd to discuss issues related to ownership and management of the proposed Salmonberry Trail. The meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. and should conclude by 1:00 p.m. The Officer’s Mess Hall at the Port of Tillamook Bay is located at 6825 Officer’s Row, Tillamook, Oregon 97141.

STIA board meetings are open to the public.

The June 2nd agenda includes an update on fundraising efforts, status of a proposed rail banking agreement, marketing and benefit studies and the upcoming trail planning study for the eastern-most 20 miles of the proposed trail from Banks to Reehers Camp in the Tillamook State Forest.

STIA was formed in 2015 as the primary governance structure to guide project development.  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 has launched a number of significant projects, including development of a master plan for the Coastal and Valley trail segments; development of an agreement with the Port of Tillamook Bay to rail bank the right-of-way allowing for development of a recreational trail; a strategic marketing plan for the trail; and a planned health and economic benefits study.

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.

For more information, contact Dennis Wiley, Salmonberry Trail project manager, at 503-986-0723 or dennis.wiley@oregon.gov.

 

Date:
June 2, 2017

Location: 
Officer’s Mess Hall Port of Tillamook Bay
6825 Officer’s Row, Tillamook, Oregon 97141.

 

Salmonberry Trail Partnership Raises $2 million so far. We’re ready for your help!

Salmonberry Trail Partnership Raises $2 million so far. We’re ready for your help!

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, hazardous material surveys, public involvement, marketing plans, economic and health benefit studies, 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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Salmonberry Trail meeting set April 6, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Salmonberry Trail meeting set April 6, 2017

Salmonberry Trail meeting set April 6, 2017

Banks OR - The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency will meet in Banks 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 meeting will be from 6:00 pm to 9 p.m. at the Banks Fire District #13, 13430 NW Main St., Banks, OR 97106.

Salmonberry Trail Partnership Raises $2 million so far

Salmonberry Trail Partnership Raises $2 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, hazardous material surveys, public involvement, marketing plans, economic and health benefit studies, 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.

Bott’s Marsh acquisition will protect coastal wetlands along planned Salmonberry Trail

Bott’s Marsh acquisition will protect coastal wetlands along planned Salmonberry Trail

The Lower Nehalem Community Trust was recently awarded a small grant from the North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA) for $63,375 to go towards the acquisition of Bott’s Marsh, the 33- acre wetlands north of Wheeler along the proposed Salmonberry Trail. Conserving the wetlands would be an added feature of the Salmonberry Trail experience. Property owners Ken and Lynn Ulbricht had this to say about the conservation proposal: