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North Bank West Access Trailhead opens

August 11, 2017 GMT

The new trailhead at the west entrance of the North Bank Habitat Management Area is now open to the public.

The Bureau of Land Management Roseburg District led the construction of the facility, which started in mid-May. The facility officially opens Saturday, but the public is already welcome to use it.

Suzanne Shelp, project lead, said she’d like to thank the locals who helped in the planning process by providing input during public meetings and field trips earlier this year. She said their suggestions were incorporated into the design of the trailhead facility, including the installation of a restroom, information kiosk and a larger parking area to accommodate more visitors. The BLM also established a fenced perimeter, entrance arbor, gravel surfacing and separated parking for passenger vehicles and vehicles with trailers.

“We had two Phoenix Youth Corps crews come out and they built the new trails that will connect the new trailhead to Chasm Creek and Blacktail Ridge,” she said. “The connections to them were disturbed during construction when they were excavating, so they had to put them back in again.”

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In the future, the BLM plans to improve signage, landscape the area and provide picnic tables to the facility.

To get to the trailhead from Roseburg, take northbound Interstate 5 for 4 miles to the Winchester Exit 129. Turn left on Highway 99 toward Wilbur, and in 1.5 miles turn right on North Bank Road. Continue 5.3 miles to the West Access Trailhead on the left.

“It’s a really beautiful facility,” Shelp said. “I hope the public really enjoys it.”

For more information, call 541-464-3291 or visit https://www.blm.gov/oregon-washington.