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Salmonberry Coalition to Meet September 12, 2014 in Tillamook

September 4, 2014

The Salmonberry Coalition is meeting at the Port of Tillamook Bay’s Officer’s Mess Hall on September 12, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The Officer’s Mess Hall is located at 6823 Officer’s Row, Tillamook OR 97141. This is a scheduled quarterly meeting and is a public meeting. The Salmonberry Coalition’s agenda includes an update on the concept planning process, an update on grant applications and an update from the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust.

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.

Upcoming Concept Planning Meetings: Draft Concept Plan Presentation

September 23, 2014 – Tillamook (Port of Tillamook Bay’s Officer’s Mess Hall) 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
September 24, 2014 – Banks (Banks Fire Hall) 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
September 25, 2014 – Portland (Metro Regional Center, Room 340A&B) 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

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

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. John permalink
    September 4, 2014 12:56 pm

    As a adjoining land owner with the proposed trail I am very concerned about this idea. We have voiced our concerns in meetings just to be brushed off. I have a big concern about the other adjacent land owners that are still not aware of the planned trail. I have asked a several people and have found that they know nothing about it. I would like to see better posting and awareness of future mwetings. Also I would like to see another meeting for people who will be affected by the trail 365 days a year 24 hours a day for the rest of there lives, or however long they live or own where they are affected. At the previous public meeting the group was quickly split up and allowed time to look at plans and have discussions one on one not as a group. I feel this was an attempt to minimize group discussions and not allow anyone to speek in a group setting against the planned trail. I would like to add that we have reached out to our local government representatives just to be brushed off or ignored. After a few letters and comments to Betsy Johnson she finally showed up at the last meeting but obviously not interested in representing the people in her local area. She bailed as soon as she could. Please allow my request for doing a better job reaching out to adjacent land owners and people adversely affected by the proposed trail and listen to us. You say you want the guestamated 200,000 people to enjoy the fresh air. That is a great theory except when 200,00 more people derive there cars here causing more pollution. Also that’s 200,000 people for one day or part of day that get to enjoy this. What about the hundreds or thousands of us along the trail that will be adversely affected. I believe the number of adjacent land owners was stated to be approx 2000. That is 2000 potential people who would be adversly affected times 365 days per year is 730000 days that they could be affected. Maybe this number is off some but even if it is I think you should be able to see how much we are affected and that we should matter and you should listen.

    • Anonymous permalink
      September 12, 2014 2:59 pm

      You are right John. There is an agenda here and that is to build this trail no matter what. The people aren’t being heard and being brushed off. Any opposition is dismissed. I’ve posted several opinions on discussion panels stating why I was aganist the trail – only to have them deleted. It’s a discussion only if you support the idea. This trail is going to be a nightmare. It will destroy the very thing everyone wants to protect. The Salmonberry Canyon. It will lose the natural beauty of its inexcessibility. For a 100 years, the railroad allowed the only access through foot-effort to get in there, which was a great way to preseve it. The last thing you need in that canyon is more people.

      • john permalink
        September 17, 2014 1:20 pm

        Make sure anyone who is against it, or is unaware of there intents and may be adversely affected by it that you know is aware of the meetings. Also encourage them to write to their representatives and news papers. Getting our oppinion known and out there is the only chance we have to make a difference.

  2. railsonly permalink
    September 12, 2014 3:05 pm

    John is right. I hope there is enough opposition to stop this. This trail will take away what everyone wants to protect. The Salmonberry Canyon.

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