(reprinted w/ permission)
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.
Keith Bell Surveys the washout approximately 1 mile north of the Curlew Trailhead
Garrett Weller installs trail counters at Curlew Lake. The counters will help with gathering data that is useful for planning and applying for trail development grants as well as show us the increased use related to recreational tourism.
THE FERRY COUNTY RAIL TRAIL RIDES ON
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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GOVERNOR INSLEE VISITS RAIL TRAIL
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.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM RAIL TRAIL PARTNERS PRESIDENT
On March 26th, the Board of Ferry County Commissioners removed Bobbi Weller and Jennine Groth from the County’s Rail Corridor Committee (RCC.) During the 11 a.m. “consent & vouchers” segment of the session, Commissioner Blankenship passed a note to Commissioners Davis and Exner. The Commissioners whispered to each other during this exchange. Blankenship made a motion that was immediately approved unanimously, without any open discussion, that seated two new citizens on the RCC who are aligned with Commissioners. Weller and Groth have been longtime volunteers who have worked tirelessly to see this community project succeed. They were present at the meeting but were not thanked by the commissioners for their community service.
This is just the latest in a relentless 15-month series of actions intended to undermine the effectiveness of the two volunteer support groups, the RCC and Ferry County Rail Trail Partners, and impede development of the trail. These two groups, at no cost to the county, have successfully preserved the 28-mile rail corridor, written grants, and developed the trail that is near completion.
It’s worth noting that this trail and the two volunteer citizen’s groups who developed it are held in high regard by federal state agencies who funded it as well as state and national trail groups. In particular, RCO director Kaleen Cottingham and our grant manager Kyle Guzlas routinely use the Ferry County Rail Trail as an example of exceptional cost efficiency with taxpayer’s funds and an unprecedented level of volunteer effort. The fact that we have accomplished so much with so little funding should be applauded, not routinely criticized and obstructed.
Our community voted for a non-motorized rail corridor and the all-volunteer groups have delivered but that work has been continually obstructed by the county commissioners. Now more than ever we need community support and we implore people to speak up and be engaged on this issue or the trail will not be completed as planned.
Bob Whittaker – President, Ferry County Rail Trail Partners
NEW MAPS JUST RELEASED:
A detailed map of the Curlew Lake section of the Rail Trail. Click here.
Updated map of entire Rail Trail. Cick here.
For up-to-date info and trail conditions please check our Face Book site: www.facebook.com/ferrycorailtrail
NEW PROMO VIDEO
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: https://vimeo.com/224547192
Please help spread the word by posting in social media and or forwarding this email to friends and use the hashtags: #ferrycountyrailtrail #ferrycounty
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT - PLEASE DONATE:
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 continue
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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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.
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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