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Technical Assistant Grant Received From National Park Service

Apr 13, 2015

In January 2015, a liaison with the Park Service began meeting with local organizers; public meetings will be held eventually, too. The conceptual plan lays out the non-engineering aspects of the trail: what kind of flowers and trees will be planted, where benches and signs will be placed, and what the trailheads will look like. It will also define stakeholder roles: for example, who will be responsible for maintenance?

Jayne Mercer, Yamhill County’s grants and special projects manager, said the Park Service will pay community planner Dan Miller to develop a conceptual outline in consultation with the trail’s citizen support group. Miller expects the process to take about a year and a half, she said, and the support group plans to seek an extension to cover the additional six months.

Once the plan is completed, Mercer said, the group intends to seek funding to develop a more detailed master plan. She said it would include cost estimates for construction and permits.

In addition, she said, the group plans to use funds from a previously awarded transportation enhancement grant to purchase about nine miles along the proposed route.

Plans call for the trail to replace a former Union Pacific rail line running north from St. Joseph, mid-way between McMinnville and Lafayette, passing Carlton, Yamhill and Hagg Lake on its way to a terminus near Gaston.

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