Lincoln City to Apply for Grant For Trails

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Lincoln City City Council approves the option to apply for a grant for trails from the Siuslaw Collaborative Watershed Restoration Program Fund

The Siuslaw Collaborative Watershed Restoration Program Fund offers landowners and managers a funding source to improve and restore fish and wildlife habitat on private and other non-federal lands where there is demonstrated benefit to national forest lands. Approximately $400,000 is available annually. This grant addresses Open Space Improvements to the Lincoln City owned “Knoll” Open Space, part of the Villages at Cascade Head property. The Knoll adjoins land in the Siuslaw National Forest and lies within Cascade Head Scenic Research Area which is federally protected in perpetuity.

Allison Robertson, Urban Renewal Director told the Lincoln City city council that, if successful, funds would be awarded to the Open Space program for trail decommissioning shutting down any illegal trails and accesses. It would also help with trail building and re-conditioning plus trail re-vegetation and education habitat restoration. These improvements within “The Knoll” Open Space would help keep hikers from getting lost while keeping them on designated trails to protect habitat.

The Lincoln City city Council approved staff to apply for this grant, which would seek a grant award from Watershed Restoration Program for $36,500. Robertson said they would utilize staff time and equipment use, as part of the 25% of the grant request for over $9,000, as the grant does not require any monetary matching funds.

Story by Kiera Morgan