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Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency May 16 meeting is now in Banks

A meeting originally set to be held in Buxton has been shifted to be held in Banks at the Banks Fire District located at 13430 NW Main Street in Banks, according to Salmonberry Trail Foundation spokesperson Gavin Mahaley.

The governing body that is responsible for the development of the Salmonberry Trail now plans to meet in Banks May 16 for a regular business meeting.

The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) meeting will be held Thursday, May 16 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

In general, these meetings are also livestreamed on the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Director’s Office Youtube channel.

On the draft agenda for the meeting are a number of topics involving the development of the trail and of the board’s business.

The meeting will begin with the welcoming of a new board, Matthew Haller, who will represent the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde on STIA.

Haller was elected to the Grand Ronde Tribal Council in the closest election in the Tribe’s history in September 2023.

Also on the agenda is a vote on the adoption of proposed Minimum Trail Requirements, reports from the Salmonberry Trail Foundation, updates on the Stub Stewart to Banks trail segment, and more.

The proposed Salmonberry Trail is an 80-plus mile corridor that follows the Port of Tillamook Bay Railway from Banks to Tillamook, passing through Manning, Buxton, Timber, Enright, Mohler, and other communities and cities in Washington and Tillamook Counties.

STIA was formed in 2015 as a framework of government agencies, including the Oregon Department of Forestry, Washington County, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and more. It is the government entity responsible for promoting and leading planning, development and maintenance of the proposed Salmonberry Trail.

A series of trail cleanup days have been scheduled throughout May. Find out more online.

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Chas Hundley is the editor of the Banks Post and sister news publications the Gales Creek Journal and the Salmonberry Magazine. He grew up in Gales Creek and has a cat.

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