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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.  The JWPT is the longest rail-trail conversion in the United States, following the former Milwaukee Road railway right of way for an estimated 285 miles across the state of Washington, from the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains to the Idaho border.

The corridor was purchased by the state of Washington in 1980 after the railroad filed for bankruptcy, and now serves as a National Recreational Trail, 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.

In 2006, the John Wayne Pioneer Trail from the Cascade Mountains to the Columbia River was developed as
Iron Horse State Park. East of the Columbia River, the JWPT has been largely undeveloped. This section of the trail was almost lost in 2015. Your support is needed to continue development of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail as one of Washington's recreational treasures.

Your tax-free donations help fund projects benefitting trail users, adjacent landowners, and communities that serve the trail along the way. Projects we support include noxious weed control, trestle and tunnel restoration, surface grading, trailhead and campsite improvements, and fencing and gate maintenance.
               

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  • November 3, 2016. FJWPTO welcomes our newest Board Member, Fred Wert. Fred's involvement with the JWPT goes back to the late 1990s. He is author of "Washington's Rail-Trails", a founding board member of Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, helped start Evergreen Mountain Bicycle Alliance, and has been active in preserving numerous rail trails around the state. Fred is a great addition to our Board! (See his fly-over video of the trail).

  • October 1,12,13. - A big shout out to adventure cyclist and author, Willie Weir! His presentations in Seattle, Ellensburg, and Spokane, "Tiva to Tekoa - A Rescue Dog Travels a Rescued Trail", raised over $2000 for the FJWPTO. In Seattle the house was packed with over 100 people. Thanks, Willie, for your compelling story of Tiva's adventure on the JWPT!


                                                                                      
  • September 21-22. Friends of the JWPTO Board Meeting and retreat. South Cle Elum Depot/Iron Horse Inn B&B. FJWPTO Board spend two days discussing organizational and political strategy to advocate for the JWPT in the upcoming 2017 legislative session.
Guest panel members John Floberg (WA State Parks Foundation Executive Director), Barb Chamberlain (Chief Strategic Officer for WA Bikes/Cascade Bicycle Club) and Jon Snyder (WA Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development Policy Advisor) answered Board Member questions re: policital strategy and advocating for the trail.

  • July 21 - Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting. Clarkston, WA.  Great news for the Trail! The Commissioners voted unanimously to accept the recommendations proposed by State Parks as a result of 3 public and 5 Advisory Board meetings for planning the eastern JWPT (Columbia River to Malden) - See State Parks Links. Representatives of The Friends of the John Wayne Trail spoke on behalf of the Trail at the meeting.

Shown above is the Beverly Bridge spanning the Coumbia River, the closed trestle owned by the Wahington Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR). This November, WA State elected a new Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz, who will be head of the DNR.
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