Ferry County’s Rail Corridor Committee has been awarded a second year to its National Parks Service Assistance Program Grant, announced Michael Linde, program manager from the National Park Service Rivers and Trails Assistance Program (RTCA), at last Thursday’s RCC meeting.

Over the last year the RCC have completed its vision statement and collected and condensed a vast amount of public input. The data from surveys, emails, and public comments at meetings has aided the RCC in the creation of a draft outline of the rail trail Concept Plan.

“When completed, the Concept Plan will be approved and adopted by the County; this crucial first step will help us better compete for state and federal development funds to implement the plan and make improvements to the trail” said RCC Chair Bobbi Weller.

The following day, staff from the National Park Service Rivers and Trails Assistance Program and representatives from Grand Forks BC Trail Society, Kettle Falls Rail Trail Council, Ferry County Rail Trail Partners and Ferry County’s Rail Corridor Committee (RCC) met at the Curlew Trailhead and walked 4 miles and did some trail cleanup.

Photo by Keith Bell.