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Come join the Master Planning Process for the Salmonberry Corridor

August 28, 2013

The Salmonberry Corridor is an 86 mile corridor encompassing the Port of Tillamook Bay Railway. The corridor is proposed to be a Trail, a Rail-to-Trail and a Rail-with-Trail along the 86 miles connecting the City of Tillamook to City of Banks. It connects 8 cities and 2 counties while passing through agrarian fields, the rugged coast range, important fisheries and along the Oregon coastline ending in Tillamook.

Do you recreate along the Salmonberry Corridor? Do you want to?

A long-term plan is needed to guide future resource management and recreational uses along the corridor. In the planning for the corridor, OPRD 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.

Why do you visit the Salmonberry Corridor? How do you want to use it?

The OPRD planning team needs your help. We want to know: why you visit, what you do while you are here and what brings you back. Please share with us why you love the Salmonberry Corridor and what opportunities and challenges you see in the future for the beautiful natural area we are so lucky to have right here in Oregon.

The first set of public information meetings is this September. Come learn more about your opportunity to contribute to the future of Salmonberry Corridor and share your insights about your Salmonberry experience.

Meeting I. Kick off – Welcome and Public Comment

West End – Tillamook                                                               

Date:         September 11, 2013

Time:         6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – General Public

Location:   Oregon Department of Forestry

5005 3rd Street

East End – Banks

Date:    September 12, 2013

Time:    6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – General Public

Location:   Banks Fire Hall

300 Main Street

Can’t make the first public meeting?
Here are six great ways to stay involved and contribute to the plan:
1. Visit salmonberrycorridor.wordpress.com.
2. Subscribe to the Salmonberry Corridor blog for email updates.
3. Email your questions or comments to rocky.houston@state.or.us.
4. Talk to a Park Planner on the phone at 503-986-0750.
5. Send written comments to: Rocky Houston, OPRD, 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem, OR 97301.
6. Meet with us in person at any of our public meetings held throughout the planning process (see below). A newsletter with details regarding dates and times will be sent prior to each meeting.

Public Meetings:

Meeting I: Kick off -Welcome and Public Comment                          September 2013
At our first set of meetings we will introduce the Salmonberry Corridor current conditions and explain how the master planning process will set the vision and management of Salmonberry Corridor. We will listen to the communities who call the Salmonberry Corridor their home and those who love to visit. Please join us and tell us what you value about the Salmonberry Corridor and the benefits it provides.

Meeting II: Assessments                                                                           March 2014
The OPRD design team is currently conducting Resource Assessments and Regional Recreation Assessments for the Salmonberry Corridor to better understand the opportunities and constraints in the development of the corridor. At our second set of public meetings we will present these finding to the public. The community members and park staff will then work together to identify the most important values, strategies, and actions needed to guide the master planning and design efforts in the corridor.

Meeting III: Concept Alternatives                                                                              July 2014
At our third set of public meetings OPRD will present planning concepts with alternatives for state parks in the Gorge and listen to public comment. Concept alternatives are helpful planning tools that allow us to consider different visions for the park and better clarify the specific opportunities and challenges at each park site and throughout the Gorge. Public engagement and discussion at this meeting is especially important to the success of the planning effort.

Meeting IV: Draft Master Plan Review                                                        September 2014
At our final set of public meetings in the master planning process, OPRD will present the draft master plan. The draft plan includes summaries of the assessments, public input, the resulting values and desired benefits of the Salmonberry Corridor, and final recommendations for the development the Salmonberry Corridor.

Services, programs and activities of OPRD are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If accommodations are needed, please call 503-986-0750 at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Paul Mikesh permalink
    September 6, 2013 5:00 am

    I’m opposed to the proposed bike trail especially that part that encompasses the Salmonberry Canyon. I have fished and hunted that area since the late 50’s and find this proposal appalling. Opening up easier access to the river will not help one of the sole remaining pristine spawning areas for salmon and steelhead on our coast. Increased fishing pressure will only put further strain on fish that have lost valuable spawning grounds due to recent floods in the canyon.

    Hunting opportunities will be lost.

    People will camp on the trail. Who is going to clean up after them?

    There will be future storm events that will wreck havoc on the trail. Who can afford to pay
    for the continuing annual maintenance that will be required. Seems like a gross waste of Federal and State taxpayer dollars to develop the trail in the first place.

    Present day access requires some physical effort which tends to limit its use. Leave it that way!

  2. Scott Lee permalink
    September 6, 2013 9:50 pm

    If you build it, they will come (from Sacramento, CA)

  3. Doug N. permalink
    September 13, 2013 6:39 am

    I’ve camped and hiked along the trail from Cochran to the mouth of the Salmonberry over the past 35 years. I tend to agree with Paul. While fishing is now closed, I continue to camp annually along the river. It’s sad to see the trash and vandalism that accumulates and occurs along the river. Having recently hiked from Enright east just below Cochran makes me question the feasibility of the “rails to trails” concept. Those who favor the project and estimate the costs should walk the route. There a MANY areas that will require tremendous engineering and costs to complete the trail, not to mention the limited access to many parts of the trail due to the storms and wash-outs. Some sections of the trail would probably need to fall outside the existing right-of-way. We’ve seen two significant storm events in recent years. Paul is right that the risk of future storms and their impact to trail needs to be considered in the feasibility of the project. Unfortunately, with the goal of rebuilding the salmon and steelhead runs in the river, I’m afraid this project would only bring a negative impact to the success of rebuilding these native runs.

  4. Dorothy Cordochorea permalink
    April 2, 2014 11:58 am

    I am a land owner whose property is adjacent to the proposed rail trail and I am very much in favor of it, if it is done right. We need more trailways that allow for safe means of transportation other than by fossil-fueled cars etc. This rail trail will give me and others who live along it, or access it at trailheads, a way to walk, bike or ride to visit our neighbors, access nearby towns and neighborhoods, etc. as well as see a beautiful wild area in need of protection. While there is risk that some who travel the trail will not treat the area with respect, I also believe there is great opportunity for more people to come to care about and care for the area by their coming to experience it and love it. This rail will enhance the possibilities for a sustainable lifestyle for those who live along it and near it, by giving us a way to travel that does not require gasoline or diesel fuels, which will only become increasingly expensive and less available in the future. This is more than a recreational opportunity. It is a much-needed and important forward-thinking piece of infrastructure for the future.

    I care about my neighbors and the land that we share, and want the best for all. This is an opportunity we should not pass up. It can be managed in a way that will work to our advantage as well as to the greater good. I would encourage us all to not be afraid of change, but to be a proactive part of shaping this in a way that will work.

    Sincerely

  5. Outdoorguy permalink
    April 12, 2014 5:58 am

    Since when does mother nature need “protecting”. You can’t protect nature by saturating it with humans. Now your putting big screen TV’s in your “cabins”. If you can’t hike or pack into an otherwise undisturbed natural area, then you weren’t meant to be there.

  6. Paul Norman permalink
    April 13, 2014 12:23 am

    The Salmonberry canyon is a remarkable resource which will benefit from being opened up (in a limited way) via a trail. Much of the canyon has been trashed by the flood debris from the railroad. Keeping it effectively locked away from most of the public, and leaving this beautiful canyon trashed forever is the wrong approach. Those who already know and enjoy the canyon should welcome the idea that others will be able to experience it too.

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