THE SALMONBERRY TRAIL INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGENCY (STIA)
Translating an idea from concept into reality
The dream of a Salmonberry Trail began in 2012 when a dedicated group of supporters formed an informal coalition to discuss and study how the trail project might come together. The coalition grew to include communities, organizations and individuals and it provided sufficient structure and guidance to complete a feasibility study and eventually a concept plan. These planning efforts made it clear that to guide a large and complex project over a period of many years, a formal governance structure was needed to meet the challenges facing trail development and management.
In 2015, The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) was formed to do just that. 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’s primary role is to plan the development and maintenance of this multi-use trail. While much of its first year of work involved establishing the organization, STIA has launched a number of significant projects, including development of a master plan for the Coastal segment of the trail and, efforts to develop an agreement with the Port of Tillamook Bay to rail bank the right-of-way and allowing for development of a recreational trail. 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.
STIA board meetings are open to the public. The STIA meets every other month with the next meeting scheduled February 3, 2017 from: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Oregon Department of Forestry Headquarters in Salem, 2600 State Street. For more information about STIA, contact Dennis Wiley, Salmonberry Trail Project Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 503-986-0723.