The News-Times

There will be a meeting in Banks tonight on the Salmonberry Corridor master plan process.

On June 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Banks Fire Hall at 300 Main St., draft routing alternatives will be presented to the public. The planning staff is seeking public input to guide the master planning and design efforts in the Salmonberry Corridor, which is 86 miles long and encompasses the Port of Tillamook Bay Railway.

After storm damage in 2007, most of the rail line was closed and it was determined that repairing the line that linked the coastal region with the Willamette Valley was not economically feasible. As a result, the corridor is now envisioned as a rail-trail that would connect the city of Tillamook with the city of Banks. Along its route, the trail would connect eight cities and two counties while passing through agrarian fields, the rugged Coast Range and along the Oregon coastline.

The master plan is a long-term plan to guide future resource management and recreational uses along the corridor.

In planning for the corridor, the planning team is 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.

For more information about the meeting or about the Salmonberry Corridor Master Plan, contact Rocky Houston, state trails coordinator, at 503-986-0750, or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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