Tillamook – On September 11th, more than 40 people gathered at the Oregon Department of Forestry offices in Tillamook for the first in a series of public meetings to plan the development and feasibility of a trail that would connect Banks to Tillamook and other coastal towns and communities in the Tillamook Forest. The meeting was headed by Park Trails Specialist Rocky Houston of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
Over the course of the two hour meeting, current members of the Salmonberry Coalition were listed, the current condition of the Corridor was discussed, the full planning process was outlined, and participants were asked to provide feedback by placing markers on a map of the proposed route of the trail to highlight sites of recreational interest, areas they would like to see developed first, and areas that would need special repair and upkeep.
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.-The Salmonberry Coalition blog
The proposed trail goes through the heart of prime hunting and fishing areas, including the Timber area, prompting many concerns about the continued use of the area for hunting and fishing. In a statement released on September 12th, the Salmonberry Coalition stated the following:
The Salmonberry Coalition has received several questions and comments surround a proposed plan to limit or reduce hunting access along the Salmonberry Corridor. These is no proposal to change the existing access to or hunting along the Salmonberry Corridor proposed by the Salmonberry Coalition or the master plan that is just starting.
Another meeting open to the general public will be held on September 12th at the Banks Fire Hall at 6pm. More information can be found at http://salmonberrycorridor.wordpress.com/