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Banks-Tillamook trail projectmeeting planned in Wheeler

The Salmonberry Coalition will hold its next meeting on the possibility of creating a trail between Banks and Tillamook in Wheeler on Friday, Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The meeting will be at Wheeler City Hall, 775 Nehalem Blvd.

The Salmonberry Coalition is a steering committee made up of public and private partners, local government representatives and elected leaders based in Tillamook County. The committee’s mission is to make recommendations on linking the communities along the former Southern Pacific Railroad corridor from Banks to Tillamook — portions of which are out of service — by converting unused portions of the old rail line to a trail and adding a trail next to the segments of track that remain viable.

The rail line is currently owned by the Port of Tillamook Bay.

The meeting is open to the public. The agenda includes updates on the master planning process for the trail and grant applications. For more information about the meeting or about the Salmonberry Coalition, contact Rocky Houston, park trails specialist with the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, at 503-986-0750 or via email at: rocky.houston@state.or.us.

The next public meeting in Washington County regarding the Salmonberry Corridor project has been set for Feb. 19, but a venue for that event has not yet been announced.

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