Answer to Supreme Court Case Implications to Planning Effort
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.