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Our fundraiser ended Friday, August 17th with 58 donations totaling $13,515 USD surpassing our combined total goal by $2,015!  We are so excited that we have already put in motion purchasing the vibratory roller and we plan to purchase the bridge deck for the washout repair before the end of August. 

We would like to thank everyone one who donated and also those who helped by forwarding our Facebook and email notifications. It is truly heartwarming to have such an outpouring of community support for this trail. We cannot wait to put this money to work fixing the washout and completing Phase 4, surfacing the Ferry County Rail Trail along the Kettle River north to the Danville bridge. 

So a BIG thank you to everyone for your support, it feels good to be working on the trail again and headed towards completion. 

Bobby Whittaker, President
Ferry County Rail Trail Partners

FCRTP Vice President, grant writer and project coordinator Keith Bell along with FCRTP President Bobby Whittaker and Ferry County Commissioner Nathan Davis were in Olympia this week to present our Phase 5 grant application to finish the trail. The presentation went very well but competition is tough this grant cycle with 50% more applicants asking for twice the funding in the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Program trails category.

Ferry County will use the Phase 5 grant to complete surfacing of the 25-mile Ferry County Rail Trail. The project will surface 8.94 miles from the Kiwanis Trailhead northeast of Curlew Lake to Lundimo Meadows Road south of the town of Curlew. The County will place a compacted crusher fines and screened aggregate mix suitable for non-motorized use on all but .8 miles from the Kiwanis trailhead to Lambert Creek. That .8-mile section will be surfaced with compacted crusher fines that meet ADA accessibility guidelines using the same method as previous development phases 2, 3 and 4 which were funded by Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office grants. The County will improve the Curlew trailhead which will include installation of a vault toilet, kiosk, and signs.


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Washouts have closed three segments of the Ferry County Rail Trail—from the Kiwanis trailhead to Tucker Road; from Empire Creek Road to Lundimo Meadows Road and from Curlew to Lone Ranch Road.

“We are working to repair the improved segments of the trail in particular Curlew to the tunnel (pictured),” said Ferry County Rail Trail Partners President Bob Whittaker. “We are working on this with the commissioners and will update the community as
soon as possible. Until then the Curlew Lake segment
(5.5 miles) is open to the public.

Meanwhile, volunteers installed four bicycle and pedestrian counters on the open.

Curlew Lake section last week. The counters are loaned to community trail projects by the Tri County Economic Development District to help them gather data useful for planning and applying for trail development grants. “Get out there and be counted,” said FCRTP Vice President Keith Bell.


Bob Whittaker, President of the Ferry County Rail Trail Partners, said during a May 14 meeting that the commission approved the funding, allowing the trail work to continue. Additionally, the commission drafted a resolution allowing the trail group to apply for another phase of grant money that will fund additional surfacing work.

For at least a decade, Ferry County residents have worked to turn an old railroad line into a nonmotorized trail system. The project has received numerous state and private grants. But the commissioners have held up the completion of the project in various large and small ways, Whittaker said.

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May 22. Gov. Jay Inslee visited the Rail Trail on a schedule stop through Ferry County. Almost fifty rail trail enthusiasts welcomed the Governor at the Kiwanis Road trailhead.

During a short talk the Governor said, “There's three places people should visit in Washington state. Mount Rainier. The Space Needle. And this rail trail.” He went on to congratulate the efforts of all the volunteers who have worked on the trail to make it a success.

Gov. Inslee presented the special Governor's lapel pin to Bobbi Weller (Rail Trail Partners board member), Keith Bell (Rail Trail Partners vice president) and Bobby Whittaker (Rail Trail Partners president).

The Governor, his wife and staff walked on the Trail to the trestle, then a final visit with supporters before departing for Olympia.

A detailed map of the Curlew Lake section of the Rail Trail. Click here.

Updated map of entire Rail Trail. Cick here.

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Today we launched our first ever promo video! The 53 second film short was made possible by a donation and will be a usful tool to promote your trial and bring recreational tourism to Ferry County.

Watch the video here:

Please help spread the word by posting in social media and or forwarding this email to friends and use the hashtags:  #ferrycountyrailtrail #ferrycount
We have had a very busy year in terms of grant writing, construction (fixing washouts and rock slides) and general advocacy to protect and promote this wonderful community asset. Generally, most of the tax-deductible donations we receive are used as a match for grants to develop the trail that effectively doubles the value of money you donate. However, some of our costs are operational items such as office supplies, maintaining the trail, and our biggest expense servicing the temporary sani-cans installed at trailheads. As a result, we need your help paying some bills. 

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today by Paypal: Click here
Or please send a check to:: PO Box 3 Malo, WA 99150 

Now get out there and enjoy your trail ! 
Bobby Whittaker, President
Ferry County Rail Trail Partners

Ferry County Rail Trail improvements continuejob
by Rich Landers, Spokesman Review

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.

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Donation Opportunity

Please Consider a TAX DEDUCTIBLE Donation to Ferry County Rail Trail Partners

We can double your dollars! - Donations will go directly to the trail surfacing and other improvement projects and will be matched $1 for $1 by trail grants from the Washington State Recreation & Conservation Office.

As an all volunteer federally recognized 501c3 non-profit, FCRTP prides itself on getting things done on-time, on-target and on-budget, Your donations help our volunteers build and maintain the Ferry County Rail Trail, design and print maps and apply for grants. Memberships are crucial to what FCRTP can accomplish and make a great holiday gift. Joining FCRTP helps confirm the large number of people who care about trails.

To make a year end donation of any amount please click here Donate
We will provide you with a receipt for your tax deductible donation. 

Thank you for your support!

Ferry County Rail Trail
from the air

Watch the video and get a birds-eye view of the Rail Trail

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