Brief Rail Trail History
• December 15, 2008 - BOCC signs railbanking agreement transforming the corridor into a long public park. Volunteer railbanking attorney provided by Ferry County Rail Trail Partners.
• April 17, 2009 - BOCC passes Resolution 2009-26 which creates the Ferry County Recreational Trails Committee and appoints 5 motorized advocates and 4 non-motorized advocates as members.
• Summer 2009 - failure of RTC due to lack of common purpose prompts November 2009 advisory vote.
• November 3, 2009 - General Election results on the advisory ballot measure are over 60% favor non-motorized trail for the entire rail corridor.
• February 7, 2010 - BOCC passes Resolution 2010-01 Amending Resolution 2009-06 thereby creating the Rail Corridor Committee. This resolution states in part “the Board of Ferry County Commissioners realize the continued need to have a special advisory committee to advise and make recommendations to the Board of Ferry County Commissioners regarding the future management of the trail. The Board of Ferry County Commissioners feel this committee should be more specific to ‘multi use non-motorized’ for the portion of the Rail Corridor described above.”
• Since 2010 - Seven successful grants have been received that provided for development of the Curlew Lake trestle decking and surfacing of over half of the 25-mile long rail-trail.
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Ferry County Rail Trail in the news
Beauty of Rail Trail Open to all
By Al Camp
CURLEW – People in the tiny town of Curlew near the Canadian border continue working on sections of the Ferry County Rail Trail while racking up national recognition for the project.
Work most recently included Ferry County Rail Trail Partners Vice President Keith Bell and Stotts Construction trail manager Johnny Metcalf spreading and compacting surface materials on the trail north of the tunnel along the Kettle River.
“This freshly surfaced four-mile segment brings the Curlew/Kettle River total to seven miles,” Ferry County Rail Trail Partners President Bob Whittaker. “Earlier this year surfacing was completed for the entire 5.5-mile length of the Curlew Lake section, bringing the grand total of miles surfacing improvements to 12.5 miles.”
So far a smidge more than half of the 25-mile trail has received a non-motorized surface between Curlew and Republic.
“These improvements were made possible with non-motorized trail grants from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program,” Whittaker said.
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Pearl Jam charity donates $25K to Ferry County Rail Trail
by Rich Landers
TRAILS -- Eddie Vedder, front man for the rock group Pearl Jam, says the band plans to contribute $25,000 to the Ferry County Rail Trail Partners' next surfacing project on the trail that runs from near Republic to the Canada border.
The donation comes from the Vitalogy Foundation,which supports the efforts of nonprofit organizations doing commendable work in the fields of community health, the environment, arts and education and social change.
The Ferry County Rail Trail is a 25-mile multi-use, nonmotorized route along an abandoned railway that connects four towns, two school complexes and has miles of waterfront on Curlew Lake and the Kettle River.
“I’m totally amazed,” said Bob Whittaker, president of FCRTP. “I had heard it announced on the news that Pearl Jam are inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, then a few hours later I got a text from Vedder with the news. What a lovely guy, band and a wonderful organization.”
Vedder, a friend of Whittaker's from their youth in Seattle, has supported the rail trail in the past with signed skateboards. Vedder also autographed a ukulele used in recording his album "Ukulele Songs" and donated it to the Ferry County group for an auction that raised $17,000 for the trail.
Keith Bell, vice president of FCRTP, said the $25K will be, “a real boon for our nonmotorized trail project. Specifically the funds will likely be used as a match for a Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grant.”
Vedder asked that the donation be made in the name of Chris McCandless, a modern adventurer who was the subject of the award-winning book and movie "Into the Wild". He said the donation also is in recognition of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and their ancestors who have walked this valley for thousands of years.
Ferry County Rail Trail on governor’s recreation radar
Another segment of the Ferry County Rail Trail was smooth-surfaced last month bringing the improved sections along Curlew Lake and the Kettle River north of Curlew to 12.5 miles. The latest project completes surfacing on more than half of the 25-mile non-motorized rail trail that runs from north of Republic to the U.S.-Canada border, said Bob Whittaker, president of Ferry Count Rail Trail Partners. Most of the work is being done by volunteers and area businesses with the aid of non-motorized trail grants from the the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, he said. The years of grass-roots effort to transform the abandoned railway into a local and regional asset has caught attention in Olympia.
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Trout Creek Bridge Resurfaced
Community volunteers, members of the Ferry County Rail Trail Partners, County Rail Corridor Committee and Curlew Lake Association joined forces to resurface the Trout Creek Bridge located just north of the Blacks Beach Trailhead. The improvements included adding decking over the existing creosote railroad ties that also had dangerous open voids between them. Brush was cleared and the same crushed rock surface used on the trail was added to the approaches and compacted to make it ADA compliant. Funds for the improvement came from a non-motorized trail grant from the Washington Wildlife Recreation Program (WWRP) that is part of the State Recreation and Conservation office. This is the same organization that has funded surfacing 5.5 miles of the trail next to Curlew Lake and 3.14 miles from the Curlew School (Lundimo Meadows Rd.) north through the town of Curlew and along the Kettle River to the tunnel. Midway Building Supply and Halls Sales and Service also provided some materials.
Ferry County Rail Trail improvements continue
by Rich Landers, Spokesman Review
|Curlew Job Corps students have helped with paving sections of the Ferry County Rail Trail in May 2016. Pictured here is Tim Sauer along with the paver they call “The Smooth Move.” (Photo: Bobby Whittaker)
The Ferry County Rail Trail north of Republic is being improved with smooth surface sections.
A 8-foot wide surface of crusher fines was spread and compacted on 2.3 miles of the abandoned railway along the west side of Curlew Lake in May.
The new surfacing from Pete’s Retreat South to Herron Creek Road connects to the improvements made last summer for a total of 5.5 miles.
The Ferry County Rail Trail runs 28.5 miles on an abandoned railway from the U.S.-Canada border to an existing trail at Republic, the county seat. Some portions of the trail are in good condition for mountain biking while some stretches are still rough.
The stretch north from Curlew is especially nice as it follows the Kettle River.
The new surfacing was funded by a $198,000 Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office non-motorized trail grant, said Bobby Whittaker, president of Ferry County Rail Trail Partners. The group has raised thousands of dollars and donations for matching money to fund improvements.
In April 2014, the Curlew Lake Trestle across the north end of the fine fishing lake was re-decked and opened for public use.
The phase 3 plan being carried out this year also includes surface improvements to about 2 miles of rail-trail from Lundimo Meadow Road to the Curlew School then North along the Kettle River and ending at a tunnel, Whittaker said.
“These other improvements, including a new vault toilet at the Black’s Beach Trailhead, are scheduled for later this summer,” he said.
Materials for the surfacing were donated by Kinross Gold Corp., transportation of materials by ACI Northwest Inc., equipment use from Stott’s Construction and volunteer hours from Curlew Job Corps, students and many other local stakeholders and trail advocates, he said.
“Now that the full 6-mile length of trail next to Curlew Lake is improved you can see the greater potential to connect the Lake to the town of Republic,” Whittaker said.
When school starts at the end of summer, Curlew students “will have a new, safe, off-highway route to the center of town and beyond,” he said.
Trail improvements have been made through funding for non-motorized trail and recreation programs, which Whittaker says are threatened by recent Ferry County Commission actions to plan an adjacent route for four-wheelers.
County residents voted 61 percent in favor of non-motorized use of the trail in a 2009 advisory vote.
“Proceeding with a plan to motorize a section or sections of the Ferry County Rail Trail… could result in the need to repay grant funds and jeopardize future funding opportunities, Whittaker said.
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