Tony Hyde, Former Mayor of Vernonia, on the origin of the Banks-Vernonia

Tony Hyde, Former Mayor of Vernonia, Oregon tells the story of one of the most memorable community meetings he ever attended. 

When the concept of the Banks-Vernonia was first proposed at a local meeting it was met with such fierce opposition that the State Police had to be called in. Subsequently, the idea was then shelved for a decade. 

As Hyde recalls, one of the families who were strongly opposed to the trail is now a regular user of this recreation and transportation infrastructure that connects communities in rural Washington and Columbia Counties.

As with all new rail-trail projects, some have similar and unique concerns about the proposed Salmonberry Trail. Can those concerns be addressed satisfactorily while creating an amazing asset for the State of Oregon?