"Bad News Bears" of Rail-Trails, Good News for Ferry County, Wash.

Posted 09/18/12 by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in Building Trails, Success Stories, Taking Action | Tagged with Local Organizing, Maintenance and Volunteers, Washington

Photo © ferrycountyrailtrail.com

Winners of the first-ever Rails-to-Trails Conservancy very unofficial award for Best Trail Organization Tagline: the Ferry County Rail Trail Partners ("The Bad News Bears of Trail Groups").

By the looks of it, though, these guys are in better shape than Walter Matthau with a Studebaker full of beer cans.

Ferry County Rail Trail Partners' (FCRTP) energetic director Bob Whittaker sent us these photos of trail volunteerism in action. When a massive windstorm brought down six large trees in July, it was up to the Ferry County Rail Corridor Committee to roll up their sleeves and clear them off the trail. Last week, committee members Paul Cribby, Madilane Perry, Whittaker and Bobbi Weller cleared the storm damage in the Curlew lake area of the trail--from Herron Creek trailhead north to the trestle that traverses the lake.

ferry-county-washington-trail-partners.jpgFCRTP's active supporter base is not only sustaining the trail but also inspiring future investment. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office recently ranked Ferry County's rail-trial surfacing project seventh out of 20 statewide projects, and number one overall in the public support and cost-efficiency categories.

To see why this up-and-coming rail-trail is attracting new fans from across America, check out the wonderful slideshow of images at www.ferrycountyrailtrail.com.

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