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:

Marketing Study Underway

Marketing Study Underway

Development of an initial strategic marketing plan for the Salmonberry Trail is now underway, supported by a grant from Travel Oregon, the statewide travel and tourism advocacy organization. The eventual marketing plan, expected by September 2017, will refine trail identity, identify the full range of potential trail users, markets and strategies to reach them, and establish unified messaging for the trail. 

Detailed Planning And Engineering Field Study Work To Begin In Washington County

Detailed Planning And Engineering Field Study Work To Begin In Washington County

With the help of a grant from the Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA), analysis will begin on the three bypass alternatives described in the earlier Salmonberry Trail Concept Plan, the pre-engineering assessment of eleven bridges and trestles, plan-level assessment of repair needs for Walcott Tunnel, assessment and recommendations of trailhead developments at Banks, Manning, Timber and Reehers Camp, development of trail solutions and design recommendations for the 20 mile stretch of rail including recommendations for accommodating equestrian use, and development of detailed cost estimates including permitting, design and engineering and construction cost for trail and bridge modifications.

​​​​​​​The Washington County Visitors Association announces grant to the Salmonberry Trail

​​​​​​​The Washington County Visitors Association announces grant to the Salmonberry Trail

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.