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.