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?
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.
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 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.
Jack Mulder, talks about The Salmonberry Trail planning and contstruction work being completed in Tillamook County along the Coastal Segment of the Salmonberry Trail and the Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad. Mulder is a Commissioner with the Port of Tillamook Bay and the Port’s representative to the Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA)
Jack was filmed on Hoquarten Slough in downtown Tillamook and you can hear construction noise coming from a nearby $38.2-million transportation revitalization project. When this project finishes next year, Tillamook will have two new bridges, wider streets, pedestrian paths, and the first segment of the ambitious Salmonberry Trail.
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.
Portland television stations have been taking note of the proposed Salmonberry Trail this summer. Check out these two stories, the first by Kaitlyn Bolduc at KPTV Channel 12 shot in June 2017, and the second by Chris Liedle at KATU Channel 2 broadcast in August. We appreciated that in both cases, the reporters reminded viewers that the trail doesn’t exist yet and that entry into the area is dangerous and prohibited.
Three years of inventory and analysis are coming to a close for the environmental/planning contractor hired by Tillamook County examining possible hazardous material sites along 62 miles of the Port of Tillamook Bay (POTB) railroad that could eventually become part of the proposed Salmonberry Trail. The assessment work, funded by a three-year Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ‚Äúbrownfields‚Äù grant, has involved a comprehensive corridor study, site inventory and ranking for approximately 30 individual sites, and four on-site investigations involving soil and groundwater testing.
Salmonberry Trail project followers will know that our planning energy this summer and fall is focused on the “Valley Segment,” which stretches from the western Washington County town of Banks to just past the Reehers Camp area in the Tillamook State Forest. The goal of the segment planning work is to begin developing alignment and pre-engineering details that can feed the final design and construction process.
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.
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.