John Wayne Pioneer Trail: More Chances to Be Heard and to Experience the Trail

Quiet farm country in eastern WA. Randy Pulk pic.

Quiet farm country in eastern WA. Randy Pulk pic.

In addition to the Washington State Parks Commission advisory committee on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail public meetings May 10 in Preston and May 11 in Ritzville, other meetings, work parties and events are coming up.

Saturday May 14 and Sunday May 15: The Cascade Rail Foundation invites you to a South Cle Elum work party starting at 10:00 am. Meet at the historic depot, 801 Milwaukee Road,South Cle Elum, WA.

Volunteer crews will clear brush, do landscape cleanup, and feed brush into a chipper. This is a follow-up to work done in mid-April. Work items may be expanded to covering window areas of the substation with Lexan and fabricated  wooden frames, and working with a signal crew to wire and hook up two railroad block signals out on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail in front of the depot. Arrive and leave when you like; overnighters get a special “volunteer discount rate” at the adjacent historic Iron Horse Inn Bed & Breakfast. To RSVP email Paul Krueger at or visit the CRF website.

Monday May 16: JWPT Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for Moses Lake — the final meeting before the whole plan gets presented to the Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission July 21. For information contact Randy Kline:

May 19 to June 5: John Wayne Pioneer Wagons & Riders cross-state ride. Easton to Tekoa,Washington at about 20 miles a day. Horses, wagons and bicycles: the cross-state ride that created a cross-state trail. Registration required, and spots are currently available. Visit website for FAQs and registration, schedule and payment information.

Thursday July 21. Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission meeting in Clarkston. Agenda: presentation of the recommendations from four sessions of the JWPT Advisory Committee.

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