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Non-motorized trail plan ordered

In a unanimous vote of approval the Island County Board of Commissioners brought the Non-Motorized Trail Plan into reality Monday.

The 2006 Island County Trails Plan focuses on non-motorized trails on Whidbey and Camano islands for walking, hiking, biking, kayaking and equestrian purposes.

Island County Public Works, together with Designs Northwest Architects, Inc. and their team of trail development and mapping experts, are responsible for managing the project and completing the plan.

The project manager, Jill Wood, was on hand at the commissioners’ meeting to see the fruits of her labor and to receive the accolades of those in attendance.

Jim Hornsby, of the Friends of Freeland, thanked the board of commissioners for “a very comprehensive non-motorized trail plan.”

Commissioner Mike Shelton replied that he would like to “thank everyone for all your public involvement.”

Commissioner Bill Byrd sees the plan as a direct result of “determination to try to dedicate real recreational activity for Island County.”

The 20 year plan now moves into a phase of looking for funding and then actually developing the trail system. Having an up-to-date plan on file is crucial to receive funding from state, federal and other sources.

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