Skiing on the rail trail  
Additional Information
Welcome and thank you for your interest in how to save our rail corridor. The mission of the Ferry County Rail Trail Partners is to preserve the rail corridor for the long term economic benefit of Ferry County and create a non motorized trail.

The 28-mile corridor (from the old San Poil mill site north to the Canadian border) has been essential infrastructure in Ferry County for over one hundred years, and with your help, will remain so. While trains no longer run, and the rails will soon be removed, through rail banking they can return. Meanwhile, the corridor can be used to install utilities, for instance: high speed internet, a sewer system in Curlew or at Curlew Lake, and a non-motorized trail we can all enjoy. We need your help to support the Ferry County Commissioners efforts to save our rail corridor.

Answers to Common Questions Regarding Railroad Abandonment:

Local residents asked the questions, and the Ferry County Rail Trail Partners have attempted to provide the most accurate answers possible. Click HERE
Rail Trail Designation Update Click HERE
Economic Benefits of Hiking. Washington Trails Association reports hiking is good for economy. Click HERE
Read a report that illustrates why rail trails should be non-motorized.
Click HERE
Check out the many other successful rail trails in Washington. Click HERE
Railbanking Info:
Rail banking is a federal law administered by the Surface Transportation Board (STB). This law allows public agencies to acquire the railroad right-of-way from an operating railroad and “bank” it until future rail use is applied for at the STB. The purchasing agency has all the property rights held by the railroad including easements for railroad use. The rail line is not officially “abandoned” by the railroad.

In 2006, the Ferry County Commissioners made a formal request to the STB to rail bank this line. The STB and Kettle Falls International Railway (KFIR), agreed to this request. The County can now negotiate with KFIR to purchase the rail corridor. Click HERE to find out how this applies to Ferry County.

Non-Motorized Info:

A non-motorized trail is quiet, safe, and far less costly to maintain, and is ultimately more attractive to a broader spectrum of users. From a child pedaling to school, to a retired couple on horseback, the list of potential non-motorized trail users is long and diverse and without question, far more suited to any trail in such close proximity to homes.

"The Golden Tiger is the only rail-trail I know of that is open to motorized use. Motorized use is not compatible with the primary recreation purposes of  rail trails. Their wide surface and gentle curves allows motorized users to attain very high speeds."

Fred Wert  
Author of "Washington’s Rail-Trails"

Read "Trails at Risk" by the American Hiking Society. Click HERE

Report rail trail corridor abuse  Click HERE
Ferry County Rail Trail Partners Board of Directors meeting minutes and Annual Member meeting minutes
Click HERE
Photo Gallery
A growing collection of photos of the rail corridor and multiple uses. Click HERE
Another vital Ferry County Rail Corridor may
go up for abandonment, could this too become a public use trail?

Boundary business leaders and politicians are trying to keep one of the region's vital transportation links from running off the rails. After meeting earlier this year, stakeholders and local government officials are tackling the proposed derailment of the Kettle Falls International Railway (KFR), set to close in October. Read the story in the Weekender. Click HERE. Also see FCRTP letter of support: Click HERE
Archived Info:
Rail Trail Update. Read what was discussed at the first annual membership meeting; and learn about the Curlew Safe Route to School Plan including an article in the Omak Chronical. Click HERE




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