Cycle Oregon Commits $1 Million To Salmonberry Trail
Cycle Oregon has extended its generous support for the Salmonberry Trail by pledging to raise a total of $1 million for the project. Cycle Oregon Executive Director Steve Schulz announced the commitment during Cycle Oregon’s 30th Anniversary celebration event January 24th.
“This is a great Oregon project that will connect urban and rural communities—one of the principles Cycle Oregon was founded on—and will help support these rural communities. It’s also going to get people from all walks of life into the outdoors, on the move, and learning about what makes Oregon Oregon,” said Schulz. “We were in at the beginning and we’re in for the long-haul.”
Cycle Oregon has donated $200,000 to the project to-date, which funded early feasibility assessment work, and development of a concept plan and vision for the 86-mile long passage formerly occupied by the active Port of Tillamook Bay rail line between Banks in Washington County and Tillamook at the Coast.
While still formally considered an active rail line, long stretches were destroyed by storms in 2007. Coastal portions of the line have been used for summer tourist trains. Others have been used for rail car storage. A planning effort led by the Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) is working with local communities on rail banking and development of a multi-use trail utilizing the rail line as a backbone.
“This is a transformational gift that signals the serious potential for this trail,” said Lisa Sumption, co-chair of STIA and Director of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.