Phase 5 Update

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.