ACTION NEEDED by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28th
Dear Land Trust members and friends,
Recently, Rep. Mike Armstrong submitted a plan to the legislature that requests transfer of the Eastside Loop Trail to the City of East Wenatchee and Douglas Co. The Land Trust commends Rep. Armstrong for his work to secure the trail corridor for local control, and we support this important first step to preserve this local treasure. The state legislature needs to hear from trail supporters no later than 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 28th. Details are below.
Last year, the Land Trust convened the Our Shoreline's Future Group, which met weekly from January to June and recommended a comprehensive, practical approach for the State Department of Transportation's intent to surplus the land surrounding the eastside of the Loop Trail. Information on their findings is on our website.
The Shoreline Vision Group met with Representative Armstrong yesterday to review the proposed legislation and approved it. Rep. Armstrong’s plan is consistent with the first recommendation of the Shoreline Vision Group: preservation of a 50-foot trail corridor. The group also applauds the plan because it would transfer the land to the local control of Douglas County and the City of East Wenatchee at no cost.
This plan is an important first step that the Vision Group, the City of East Wenatchee, and Douglas County support—and so does the Land Trust.
We also recognize that while this is an essential first step, there is more to be done. Work continues locally to permanently preserve land west of the Loop Trail.
The Land Trust is thankful for the work of this volunteer citizen committee, and we support their findings. Their letter of support is attached to this email. We urge you to contact our local legislators and Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond to express your support of Section 213 (4) House Bill 2190, which will transfer ownership of the trail corridor to Douglas County and the City of East Wenatchee.
Email addresses and phone numbers are listed below: