Summer Old Military Road Trail Update
Updated: Aug 16, 2020
Our continually active Old Military Road Trail (OMRT) committee sends best wishes and good health to all of you supporters during this challenging time of Covid19. As you may have noticed, out of respect for the difficulties for so many surrounding the pandemic we decided to keep a low profile for these months.
We do, however, want you to know that while we have not been able to get together personally or in outreach groups, the team has been working well in virtual modes amongst ourselves and with the wonderful team from the National Park Service (NPS) Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program. The NPS-RTCA supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the nation and, as you may remember, we were blessed last year with winning a grant to help us organize and further our efforts.
We have almost completed our draft concept and communication plans to be shared in the next few months. In some areas we are seeing opportunities to collaborate with County Public Works where parts of this 18-21 mile OMRT are best suited to run along public road right of ways. To this end the OMRT Committee will suggest at the 9/15 County Council meeting to include several modest pedestrian safety and trail elements in planned County road projects We are also exploring the potential for trail segments with lands and easements already in the public domain.
Meanwhile, in August look for the Summer edition of Trail Times, highlighting the first northern ½ mile of the Old Military Road. The Spring Trail Times article regarding the existing southern mile of the trail is available on our website. Regardless of the season, it’s an especially great time to celebrate nature on our many San Juan Island trails.
Remember that planning and building the OMRT trail is likely to be a 15-20 year project. We will start where and when we can and progress as opportunity and new partners are found. Your participation and support will be key factors in this community effort. If you know of others interested or excited about what will become a landmark recreational, historic and conservation trail, please pass this email to them and help spread the word. Questions and comments can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome public and private input as we proceed in a spirit of cooperation and teamwork among all involved.
Stay tuned for more information - remember our website is continually being updated.
Again, best wishes and good health to you and yours,
The Old Military Road Trail Committee