Even though we’re still several years away from major trail construction, there’s plenty of work to do to get ready: trail segment planning, engineering assessments, hazardous material surveys, public involvement, marketing plans, economic and health benefit studies, permitting, and what feels like a million other things to think about and prepare for. We’ve been busy collectively raising capacity funds to assist with this work, and we need your help.
The Lower Nehalem Community Trust was recently awarded a small grant from the North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA) for $63,375 to go towards the acquisition of Bott’s Marsh, the 33- acre wetlands north of Wheeler along the proposed Salmonberry Trail. Conserving the wetlands would be an added feature of the Salmonberry Trail experience. Property owners Ken and Lynn Ulbricht had this to say about the conservation proposal:
Development of an initial strategic marketing plan for the Salmonberry Trail is now underway, supported by a grant from Travel Oregon, the statewide travel and tourism advocacy organization. The eventual marketing plan, expected by September 2017, will refine trail identity, identify the full range of potential trail users, markets and strategies to reach them, and establish unified messaging for the trail.
The Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint is situated on a headland 200 feet above the Pacific and provides an excellent view of the largest colony of nesting common murres (the site is one of the most populous colonies of nesting sea birds on the continent). Bald eagles and a peregrine falcon have also been known to nest near here.
With the help of a grant from the Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA), analysis will begin on the three bypass alternatives described in the earlier Salmonberry Trail Concept Plan, the pre-engineering assessment of eleven bridges and trestles, plan-level assessment of repair needs for Walcott Tunnel, assessment and recommendations of trailhead developments at Banks, Manning, Timber and Reehers Camp, development of trail solutions and design recommendations for the 20 mile stretch of rail including recommendations for accommodating equestrian use, and development of detailed cost estimates including permitting, design and engineering and construction cost for trail and bridge modifications.
The Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA) this week announced a $200,000 grant to the Salmonberry Trail. Funds will be used to assist with detailed planning and engineering field study work that will lead to construction of a 20-mile segment of the 80-mile rail-trail in the Banks area of western Washington County where the trail will connect with the Banks-Vernonia State Trail and recreation developments in Stub Stewart State Park and in the Tillamook State Forest.
Wheeler Mayor Stevie Burden, Banks Mayor Pete Edison, and City Manager of Tillamook Paul Wyntergreen speak about what the Salmonberry Trail means to their communities, Oregon, and why they are enthusiastic supporters of the proposed multi-use pathway where construction is scheduled to start in the City of Tillamook this year.