ONLINE EXCLUSIVE - Rails to Trails sets goals for 2008

One of Firelands Rails to Trails completed projects this year was the addition of 3.25 miles west of Monroeville. The extension is one of several plans the nonprofit organization put into place this year. It provided half of the 30 percent local match for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant to build the extension
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

One of Firelands Rails to Trails completed projects this year was the addition of 3.25 miles west of Monroeville.

The extension is one of several plans the nonprofit organization put into place this year. It provided half of the 30 percent local match for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant to build the extension

Other Firelands Rails to Trails projects in 2007 were:

Beginning to clear brush to open a trail longer than one mile in Townsend Township.

Initiating a periodic patrol of the trail.

Beginning work on a new parking lot in Monroeville.

Initiating as "Close the Gap" fund the support renovation of the Huron River.

Bridging and crossing the active W&LE railroad line in Monroeville.

Maintaining and mowing five miles of trail at least twice per month.

Goals for 2008 include:

Opening a trail section from DeRussey Road to Hartland Center Road in Collins.

Completing the trailhead parking lot at Ohio 99 in Monroeville.

Continuing the periodic patrol of the entire trail.

Operating, maintaining and mowing the 6.5 miles of trail now open.

Supporting the trail owners as they seek grant funding for future trail construction.

Committing to provide labor, machines and money to match new grants.

Increasing activity to get endorsement of local governments, organizations, businesses and individuals to support the trail.

Doing long-range planning necessary to insure successful future operation of the trail.

For more information, or to donate to the project, write to: Firelands Rails to Trails, Inc., 44 E. Main St., Norwalk, Ohio 44857.