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Open House June 24-25, 2014 focused on draft alternatives

June 17, 2014

Salmonberry Corridor Master Plan to Public Open Houses focused on reviewing draft Alternatives

The Salmonberry Corridor Master Plan is holding (2) public open houses for on the master planning process.
West End – Tillamook
Date: June 24, 2014
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Port of Tillamook Bay, Officer’s Mess Hall,

East End – Banks
Date: June 25, 2014
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Banks Fire Hall
300 Main Street

We will present the draft routing alternatives to the public. The planning staff is seeking public input to guide the master planning and design efforts in the corridor.

The Salmonberry Corridor is 86 miles long and encompasses the Port of Tillamook Bay Railway. After storm damage in 2007, the rail line is closed and will no longer provide a train connection from the coast to the valley. The corridor is proposed to be a rail-trail connecting the City of Tillamook to the City of Banks. It will connect 8 cities and 2 counties while passing through agrarian fields, the rugged coast range, important fisheries and along the Oregon coastline.

The master plan is a long-term plan to guide future resource management and recreational uses along the corridor. In the planning for the corridor, the planning team is taking a comprehensive look at natural, scenic and cultural resource conditions; corridor management needs; outdoor recreation trends in the region; community partnerships; and any related ideas and concerns identified through public input.

For more information about the meeting or about the Salmonberry Corridor Master Plan, please contact Rocky Houston, State Trails Coordinator, at (503) 986-0750, rocky.houston@oregon.gov .

Salmonberry Coalition to meet June 13, 2014 at the Tillamook Forest Center

June 3, 2014

The Salmonberry Coalition is meeting at the Tillamook Forest Center on June 13, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The Tillamook Forest Center is located at 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook OR 97141. This is a scheduled quarterly meeting and is a public meeting. The Salmonberry Coalition’s agenda includes an update on the master planning process, an update on grant applications and reviewing a list of potential partner’s projects that could serve as catalyst projects.

 

The Salmonberry Coalition is a steering committee involving public and private partners and anchored in Tillamook County by the Port of Tillamook Bay, local government and elected leaders to make recommendations on re-linking the communities along the rail corridor – from Banks to Tillamook – by converting the no-longer functional portions of rail line to a trail and adding a trail adjacent to the viable sections of rail. This unique 86-mile recreational opportunity, steeped in history, natural beauty and adventure, can connect urban and rural Oregon – the Portland area to the Coast – while tapping into a wide network of existing recreation trail and facilities, educational opportunities and heritage sites.

 

For more information about the meeting or about the Salmonberry Coalition, please contact Rocky Houston, State Trails Coordinator, at (503) 986-0750, rocky.houston@oregon.gov.

Salmonberry Corridor – Awarded $400,000 EPA Grant

June 3, 2014

In December, 2013, a workgroup began developing an EPA Environmental Site Assessment grant application for the Salmonberry Rails and Trails project portion located in Tillamook County. On behalf of the workgroup, we are pleased to announce that Tillamook County’s EPA grant application for the Tillamook County, OR Community Wide Assessment project affiliated with the Salmonberry Corridor Rails and Trails project has been awarded $400,000 and the announcement was released last week.

The redevelopment of the railway into a non-motorized trail requires addressing the potential environmental impacts and identify the cleanup considerations that will impact the reuse planning. With the EPA Environmental Site Assessment (Brownfields) funding, the County will conduct public outreach, assessment work, and remediation planning work. The public outreach will include two phases. The first phase of public meetings will focus on garnering support for the project and to educate the public about brownfields. The second phase of public meetings will be focused on community health and well-being of Tillamook County’s citizens and environment. Specifically, the re-use of the site and its impacts on the community’s health will be explored.

Salmonberry Coalition to meet June 13, 2014 at Tillamook Forest Center

May 13, 2014

The Salmonberry Coalition is meeting at the Tillamook Forest Center on June 13, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The Tillamook Forest Center is located at 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook OR 97141. This is a scheduled quarterly meeting and is a public meeting. The Salmonberry Coalition’s agenda includes an update on the master planning process, an update on grant applications and reviewing a list of potential partner’s projects that could serve as catalyst projects.

The Salmonberry Coalition is a steering committee involving public and private partners and anchored in Tillamook County by the Port of Tillamook Bay, local government and elected leaders to make recommendations on re-linking the communities along the rail corridor – from Banks to Tillamook – by converting the no-longer functional portions of rail line to a trail and adding a trail adjacent to the viable sections of rail. This unique 86-mile recreational opportunity, steeped in history, natural beauty and adventure, can connect urban and rural Oregon – the Portland area to the Coast – while tapping into a wide network of existing recreation trail and facilities, educational opportunities and heritage sites.

For more information about the meeting or about the Salmonberry Coalition, please contact Rocky Houston, State Trails Coordinator, at (503) 986-0750, rocky.houston@state.or.us.

Answer to Supreme Court Case Implications to Planning Effort

April 8, 2014

There has been a lot of questions surrounding the March 10, 2014 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case involving a rail corridor formerly on federal land that is now privately owned (Marvin B. Brandt Revocable Trust et al. v United States) and its potential impact on the Salmonberry Corridor Master Planning process.

In our review of the case it appears that this ruling will not have an impact on our planning process. The determination is made due to the fact that the Salmonberry Corridor is intended to be part of an active or rail banked rail right-of-way. It appears that these types of rail-trails are not impacted by the above mentioned Supreme Court ruling. I have attached a pdf from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy that illustrates the Supreme Court ruling.

Rail Trail – Supreme Court Decision matrix

Postponed – Salmonberry Coaltion Meeting – April 11, 2014

April 2, 2014

The April 11, 2014 Salmonberry Coalition meeting in Banks, OR is being postponed. We need more time to consider what we heard at the last round of public meetings, and to solicit more feedback from stakeholders. The coalition will meet again in June — I’ll send you the date and time when we get it scheduled, but it will be well before the June 24-25 public meetings.

Thanks for understanding.

Salmonberry Coalition Meeting – April 11, 2014 in Banks (Postponed)

April 1, 2014

This meeting has been postponed.  Please disregard the following text:

The Salmonberry Coalition is meeting in Banks, Oregon on April 11, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Banks Fire Hall, 300 Main Street, Banks, OR. This is a scheduled quarterly meeting and is a public meeting. The Salmonberry Coalition’s agenda includes an update on the master planning process, an update on grant applications and reviewing a list of potential partner’s projects that could serve as catalyst projects.

The Salmonberry Coalition is a steering committee involving public and private partners and anchored in Tillamook County by the Port of Tillamook Bay, local government and elected leaders to make recommendations on re-linking the communities along the rail corridor – from Banks to Tillamook – by converting the no-longer functional portions of rail line to a trail and adding a trail adjacent to the viable sections of rail. This unique 86-mile recreational opportunity, steeped in history, natural beauty and adventure, can connect urban and rural Oregon – the Portland area to the Coast – while tapping into a wide network of existing recreation trail and facilities, educational opportunities and heritage sites.

For more information about the meeting or about the Salmonberry Coalition, please contact Rocky Houston, State Trails Coordinator, at (503) 986-0750, rocky.houston@state.or.us.

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