February Newsletter 2018

Making Sense of the 16 Miles of Chaos

Making Sense of the 16 Miles of Chaos

Scope of work being prepared for complicated planning job in the Salmonberry Canyon

Maybe you’ve heard the middle section of the Salmonberry Trail referred to as the “16 miles of chaos.” That’s a pretty good description, given how much damage that stretch experienced from the 2007 super storm.

The 2007 Great Coastal Gale damaged or destroyed bridges, tunnels and miles of railroad grade in this stretch. Figuring out how and where to get a trail through this remote stretch near the top of the Coast Range is going to take some careful and serious planning and engineering. 

Trail Blazers: Stevie Stephens Burden, Mayor of Wheeler, Oregon

Trail Blazers: Stevie Stephens Burden, Mayor of Wheeler, Oregon

This segment is an opportunity to bring a face to the conversation of this trail. It’s the heroes, the hikers, and the locals that bring life to the project that can feel intangible to the outside reader. This section can provide future hope from different perspectives, creating solidarity and practicing patience while the trail is under construction. The stories are aimed to inspire participation, conversation, and maybe even self-reflection.   * Who / Where / Perspective / Call to Action