An Oregon Parks & Recreation Department (OPRD) design team has been conducting assessments regarding possible development of a trail through the “Salmonberry Corridor,” which stretches from Banks in Washington County to Tillamook in Tillamook County.

In dual meetings in Tillamook and in Banks, the initial findings will be presented to the public. Community members and OPRD staff will then work together to identify the most important values, strategies and actions needed to guide master planning and design efforts in the corridor.

The master plan is a long-term plan to guide future resource management and recreational uses along the 86-mile corridor. In the process, the planning team will be 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.

There will be two meetings next week. The first will be in Tillamook Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the Port of Tillamook Bay’s officers’ mess hall meeting room, 4000 Blimp Blvd. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, Feb. 19, there will be a similar meeting at the Banks Fire Hall, 300 Main St., in Banks. It also begins at 5:30 p.m.

For those who can’t make either meeting, written comments can be sent to: Rocky Houston, OPRD, 725 Summer St. N.E., Suite C, Salem, Ore., 97301.

For more information about the Salmonberry Corridor Master Plan, please contact Houston at 503-986-0750.

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