THE HISTORIC U.S. COAST GUARD BOATHOUSE

THE HISTORIC U.S. COAST GUARD BOATHOUSE

The Salmonberry Trail Foundation visited the newly restored U.S. Coast Guard Boathouse in Garibaldi, Oregon in early March This destination is an amazing experience that encompasses so many elements Salmonberry hopes to achieve: historical preservation, community development, and rich experiences for those visiting the coast. Here is some information from the volunteer community who care for this unique resource.

MULTI-USER TRAILS: WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU MEET A HORSE

MULTI-USER TRAILS: WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU MEET A HORSE

We recently met up with a group from the Oregon Equestrian Trails and they gave us key insights (shared below) on how to greet horses on the trails that are built for both 2 wheels and 4 hooves.

In today’s fast-paced, sometimes crazy world, we need a break, something that no candy bar or computer app is going to satisfy! What we need is time outdoors getting real sun, breathing fresh air, and really, just getting away from crowds of people.

JUNE 27TH // PEDALPALOOZA RIDE: MAX TO MANNING

JUNE 27TH // PEDALPALOOZA RIDE: MAX TO MANNING

We’re kicking it off the new Manning Trailhead by hosting a ride with Portland’s Pedalpalooza Month. Come and learn about the Salmonberry while riding bikes with some of the Salmonberry Trail Foundation’s staff and board. We’ll be riding the MAX from Portland to Hillsboro and biking from the end of the Blue line to Manning along some back roads and the Banks-Vernonia Trail. We’ll have lunch in Buxton and bike home the way we came. The ride will be about 35 miles and is family friendly, so bring the kids!

THE HOQUARTON TRAIL OPENING EVENT

THE HOQUARTON TRAIL OPENING EVENT

The Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a great event at the beginning of the month to celebrate The Hoquarton Trail, Salmonberry’s first official mile! It was a beautiful day that brought over 250 people. The community came out to walk the trail, enjoy the beautiful day, and learn from variety of local organizations to about recreation options, the flora, and fauna of the area, the history of the trail and the waterfront, as well as the connection between trails and value of place. Mayor Suzanne Weber spoke at the trailhead, welcoming folks to the parks and the path, and listed the vast number of partners that participated in bringing it all to fruition. Many folks who attended the event were first timers on the trail and talked excitedly about what the future might bring.

JUNE 6TH // REI PORTLAND’S FUTURE NW TRAILS: THE SALMONBERRY & COUNCIL CREEK TRAILS

JUNE 6TH // REI PORTLAND’S FUTURE NW TRAILS: THE SALMONBERRY & COUNCIL CREEK TRAILS

REI is hosting the Salmonberry and Council Creek Trail to progress on both trails! Tangible progress has been made on these projects and there's exciting news about what's ahead. Come and learn about both trails, the vision for the network of rail-trails in the NW, and how to get involved. The Council Creek Regional Trail will be a multi-use pathway for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized travelers for both recreational and transportation purposes. The trail will extend almost 15 miles from the Banks-Vernonia Trail in Banks to the TriMet Blue Line MAX station in downtown Hillsboro, connecting the cities of Banks, Forest Grove, Cornelius, and Hillsboro. The event is free to attend for REI members and non-members alike, and there will be some great prizes we will be raffling off!

June 14th // Manning Trailhead Celebration!

June 14th // Manning Trailhead Celebration!

Join the Salmonberry Trail Foundation and Washington County Visitors Association in celebrating  exciting improvements to the Manning Trailhead near Banks, Oregon. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held June 14th at 2 p.m.  in the newly expanded and upgraded parking lot at the trailhead site. The public is invited to participate in a free seven-mile guided bicycle ride from Manning to L.L. Stub Stewart State Park And back. This event is family friendly and people of all abilities are encouraged to attend. The Manning Trailhead will be  the easternmost terminus of the proposed 86 contiguous miles of the Salmonberry Trail. Improvements to the parking lot include safety enhancements, tripling capacity to accomodate more than 30 vehicles and installing permanent restroom facilities.

State Forests Recreation Fund

State Forests Recreation Fund

In addition to supporting The Salmonberry Trail project and The Tillamook Forest Center, the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust also manages the State Forests Recreation Fund.  The fund was established in 2016 in memory of Wayne Naillon, long-time trail volunteer and advocate for outdoor recreation. The fund is used to support recreation management projects, and trail and facility maintenance on the Tillamook State Forest and other state forests.  When complete, the Salmonberry Trail will traverse the northern portion of the Tillamook State Forest and will connect to several existing trails, making an extensive trail network accessible from the Tualatin Valley. Your support for the State Forests Recreation Fund will help keep this trail network open and accessible into the future.

Volunteer In The Woods

Volunteer In The Woods

Yes! We know how excited you are for this trail and have heard from so many of you on how you want to help physically come to life.

While the future Salmonberry Trail has yet to break ground, there are plenty of ways to develop your trail skills in the meantime and connect to the communities surrounding the trail.

With the Oregon Department of Forestry, SOLVE, and the Trailkeepers of Oregon there are so many opportunities this year to get your hands dirty.

New Education Pavilion at Tillamook Forest Center

New Education Pavilion at Tillamook Forest Center

The Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust is continuing its legacy of support for the Tillamook Forest Center through a successful fundraising campaign to build a new outdoor education pavilion at this iconic interpretive center located in the heart of the Tillamook State Forest.  Over the past two years, the Trust raised nearly $500,000 for this project, and construction is now underway. The pavilion will be complete in the coming month, and a grand opening event is set for Friday, June 22, 1:30 – 3:30 P.M. With a capacity of 150, the new pavilion will greatly increase the Center’s ability to host student groups from area schools for outdoor education programs starting this coming fall.

2018 Gravel Ride // October 5th-7th

2018 Gravel Ride // October 5th-7th

Join us with Cycle Oregon for a two-day gravel-fest down roads less traveled. We’re setting up camp in Tillamook State Forest and giving riders a variety of heart-pumping, pedal-churning routes to choose from daily. Gravel riders will have the whole Cycle Oregon experience – tents, showers, route support, main stage, beer garden – only this time, we’re going to be a lot more up close and personal with nature. Feel the calm of the forest as you crank through the firs and ferns, spruce and salal. See the abandoned rails and trestles that will someday be the Salmonberry Trail, connecting the Valley to the Coast. Come out, test your grit and enjoy the challenges and rewards of this first-of-its-kind backwoods biking experience.

The Wilson River

The Wilson River

Know Your Forest: The Wilson River flows 33 miles thru the Tillamook State Forest all the way to the Tillamook Bay. Deep pools and rocky shores, perfect for your summer swim or the incredible populations of Chinook, Chum, and Steelhead. Mark this on your maps and come play in the forest. 

Cycle Oregon's 2018 Gravel Ride in the Tillamook State Forest

Cycle Oregon's 2018 Gravel Ride in the Tillamook State Forest

Come adventure in the Tillamook Forest! We've partnered with Cycle Oregon to bring you their inaugural Gravel Ride - October 5th-7th. The route will explore the areas surrounding the future Salmonberry Trail and we'll be hosting site tours throughout the weekend for curious riders. With funds raised at these incredible rides @cycleoregon supports communities all across Oregon. These Community and Signature Grants - like the one awarded to @thesalmonberrytrail - can turn dreams into reality. Come Ride!

Trees to Sea Scenic Byway

Trees to Sea Scenic Byway

Running nearby the future Salmonberry Trail is Highway 6 which was just officially designated as Oregon's Trees to Sea Scenic Byway! Jack Mulder of Tillamook Creamery, and board member of the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust, framed this historical recognition aptly: "If we went back in time and told those who faced the ashes of the Tillamook Burn that Hwy 6 would someday be the Trees to Sea Scenic Byway, do you think they would believe us?" A good reminder of the what the combined power of time, dedicated communities, and the forest can do.    

PHOTO CREDIT: Neil Sy Photo

Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency signs Salmonberry Trail Rail Line Use Agreement with Port of Tillamook Bay.

Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency signs Salmonberry Trail Rail Line Use Agreement with Port of Tillamook Bay.

What began ten years ago as a grand vision connecting the Oregon Coast to the Valley, crossed a milestone on April 6th, 2018 when the Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) agreed in a unanimous vote to sign the lease agreement with the Port of Tillamook Bay, moving the project into its next phase for planning and development.