August 27th, 2013 8:39 AM — Tillamook, OR and Banks, OR – The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will convene two public meetings in mid-September to gather input from local residents and visitors on future uses for the Salmonberry Corridor, an 86-mile stretch of land that encompasses the Port of Tillamook Bay Railway.
The meetings mark the start of a yearlong master planning process which will ultimately direct long-ter m resource management and recreational use within the Corridor, a proposed trail, rail-to-trail, and rail-with-trail that that connects eight cities between Tillamook and Banks.
The first meeting will be held at the west end of the Corridor on Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry building (located at 500 3rd St. in Tillamook). The following evening, Sept. 12, a meeting will be held 6:00-8:00 at the east end of the Corridor at the Banks Fire Hall (located at 300 Main St. in Banks). Special accommodations to enable those with disabilities to participate in the meetings can be arranged by calling 503-986-0750 at least 72 hours in advance. Those who cannot attend are invited to submit written comments by sending them to OPRD, Attn: Rocky Houston, 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301.
After the initial meetings, OPRD will conduct natural resource and regional recreation assessments to identify opportunities and constraints to the development of the Corridor. Findings from this research will be presented during a second round of meetings to be held in the spring of 2014. Later meetings will present planning concepts and finally a draft master plan. Until then, updates on the planning process will be posted at www.salmonberrycorridor.wordpress.com.