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Don’t let hyperbolic critics stonewall trail opportunity

June 8, 2018

The NIMBY element is in high dudgeon over the proposed Yamhelas Westsider Trail. Among more strident partisans, the rhetoric outstrips all reason.

We respect principled and thoughtful opposition. But fears whipped up over the trail seem greatly exaggerated.

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Banks-Vernonia Trail: Community Concern to Local Asset

April 16, 2018

Tony Hyde, Former Mayor of Vernonia, Oregon tells the story of one of the most memorable community meetings he ever attended.

As Hyde recalls, one of the families who was strongly opposed to the trail is now a regular user of this recreation and transportation infrastructure that connects communities in in rural Washington and Columbia Counties.

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Friends of Yamhelas Westsider Trail (FYWT)
2018 Annual Meeting Summary

7pm, Jan. 10, 2018
Carlton Legion Hall

Yamhill County Commissioner Stan Primozich opened the meeting with an update on the project. The county acquired the twelve miles of Yamhelas Westsider Trail right-of-way (ROW) located in Yamhill County in early December. This is from Gun Club Road north to the northern Yamhill County border. He is now working with his counterparts in Washington County so that they can acquire the remaining 5 miles of ROW located in that County, which would be from the County line north to the Hagg Lake turnoff. The next steps include both developing a master plan for the trail, and also beginning implementation of the grant that will be used to design 3 bridges across streams found along the ROW, and the construct one bridge.

After the Commissioner's presentation, FYWT Board President Wayne Wiebke opened the business meeting. The Board announced a number of proposed changes to its bylaws and governing policies. Among the most significant items are a change in the mission of the FYWT from trail acquisition to focus on fund raising, trail advocacy, and later trail maintenance in cooperation with Yamhill County. Along with this change, the FYWT Committee structure will also be changed. The Marketing Committee will become the Communications Committee, still chaired by Linda Cline. In addition, a Volunteer Committee will be formed, headed by new FYWT Board member, Jack Schwab. These changes were presented to the FYWT voting Members and public present, and were approved. In addition, the membership dues from 2017 were proposed and approved to be continued in 2018 without changes. Finally, a 2018 budget was approved by the Members present.

Concept Presentation Plan

May 24, 2017

McMinnville Community Center
600 NE Evans Street

Curious about the plan? We’ll be sharing the results of a multi-year collaborative planning process. Presentation will be led by Dan Miller of the National Parks Service, Rivers, Trails & Conservation Program.

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Technical Assistant Grant Received From National Park Service

Apr 13, 2015

The National Park Service has awarded a technical assistance grant to Yamhill County to develop a conceptual plan for the Yamhelas Westsider Trail Project.

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Trail Idea Has Regional Appeal

Apr 13, 2015

Portland Tribune, January 7, 2015 - Recreationists, nature lovers, historians and safety advocates in the area might want to take a look at the accelerating plans to create a scenic trail that

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Supreme Court Ruling...How Will It Affect Our Trail?

Feb 19, 2014

Yamhill County Administrator Laura Tschabold said initial analysis suggests it would not affect the 17-mile, multiple-use Yamhelas Westsider Trail proposed in Yamhill County for a rail corridor owned by ...

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 Friends  exploring the future trail site.

ODOT Grant Awarded for Yamhelas Westsider Trail

May 31, 2013

In the fall of 2012, the Friends of the Yamhelas Westsider Trail (FYWT) worked in conjuction with the Yamhill County Parks Department in submitting a grant application to the Oregon Department of ...

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