The John Wayne Pioneer Trail is a 285 mile rail trail spanning the state of Washington, from the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains to the Idaho border. Designated a National Recreational Trail, it is enjoyed by hikers, horse riders, bikers, Boy Scouts, rail historians, scientists, and trail enthusiasts of all sorts. The trail highlights Washington's diverse and scenic landscape, traveling through evergreen forests and dark tunnels, over high trestles and spectacular rivers, and across open farmland and high desert.The Friends of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail is an all volunteer, non-profit 501c3 organization devoted to promoting, maintaining and developing the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. Your support is needed to continue development of the trail as one of Washington's recreational treasures.THE LEGISLATURE NEEDS TO HEAR FROM YOU!March 2017(Bill/Amendment sponsors: Rossi/Schoesler/Cherry and others)SENATE BILL REPORT SB 5838: (SUPPORT THE BILL)
-Establishes a priority for using bonding authority to alleviate a backlog of maintenance needs at State Parks.-Authorizes the State Finance Committee to issue bonds....-Anticipates that approximately $500 million in state bonds will be needed for four consecutive biennia to achieve this goal.AMENDMENT PSSB 5838: (OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT)
-Replaces the word "expansion" to language that specifies only modifications to existing structures. Prohibits any proceeds from this act to be used on the Milwaukee Road, John Wayne Trail, Iron Horse trail, certain parts of the Columbia Plateau trail, and any new trail. Prohibits any proceeds from this act to be used to acquire new land.
Please oppose Amendment PSSB 5838 in the “Comments” field. Restricting the proposed funds from use on the JWPT and other trails is arbitrary and not in the best interest of the public: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill//5838 Senate Bill 5838, and Ammendment PSSB 5838:This legislative session, in which the 2017-2019 budget is determined, is crucial to continue the momentum to save Washington's recreational and historical gem and help increase tourist revenue for the many small towns along the trail.
The Renslow Trestle, over Interstate 90 between Kittitas and the Columbia River is one of the projects up for funding this budget session.March 2017Do you like the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, bikes, adventure, or dogs, or bike adventures with dogs on the JWPT? Then you'll want to attend Willie Weir's heartwarming presentation in Wenatchee if you have not seen it already, or if you want to see it again! Click for more detail.WIN THIS BIKE! Any Washington State resident who buys a new FJWPT membership fee between January 28 and April 1, 2017 is eligible to WIN this New Belgium 2014 cruiser, collector's bicycle. See details....We are proud to announce our latest stakeholder and partner, the Rails to Trail Conservancy! The RTC advocates for investments at the federal and state level that support safe trail, walking and bicycling networks for people of every age and ability, and in every community, to create healthier places for healthier people.TRAIL CLOSURES:
The Yakima Training Center will be closed June 1-July 2, 2017, and August 1-15, 2017, for training operations.
Get on board! Your support will help us in our work to close trail gaps, repair trestles, improve surface conditions, and support projects benefitting trail users, adjacent landowners, and communities along the way! Donations are tax-free and help save and improve the trail.
Are you on Instagram? We just launched the Friends of the JWPT account! We would really appreciate a follow. Also, be sure to tag your photos of the trail with #johnwaynepioneertrail. We'll be featuring some of the best (with credit of course) throughout the year