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Trail between Corvallis, Ona Beach closer to reality

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 29th, 2010

The nonprofit C2C Partnership submitted a plan to the U.S. Forest Service in June, proposing a long-sought-after route linking the Oregon coast to the City of Corvallis through a system of trails, abandoned or lightly traveled roads and private property. If approved, the trail would take hikers along the north side of Mary's Peak, pictured here, and end at Ona Beach. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)
Supporters of a trail connecting Ona Beach to Corvallis think they may finally be close to realizing a nearly 35-year-old vision.

Oregon State University students, along with officials from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the Siuslaw National Forest, have, at one time or another, tried to establish a non-motorized trail system linking the mid-Willamette Valley to the coast. Although some short sections of trail were constructed, the movement faltered and lay dormant until revived by a group of private citizens several years ago.

On June 29 of this year, the nonprofit C2C Partnership organization submitted a proposal to the U.S. Forest Service for a series of trails linking city and county streets, abandoned and lightly used logging roads and private property stretching from Ona Beach to Corvallis called, at least for now, the Corvallis to the Sea Trail.

"The really big thing we were able to accomplish was finally getting enough landowner agreements to a feasible through route," said Gary Chapman, with the C2C Partnership.

The group has taken dozens of scouting trips to identify and flag possible linking trails. The proposed trail identifies several short trail sections up to a mile in length connecting a network of abandoned and seldom used logging roads. Since 2003, volunteers have tallied more than 15,000 hours toward establishing the trail.

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