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Molalla Forest Road master plan update

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The city of Canby and Clackamas County have been considering turning the Logging Road trail, which stretches from north Canby all the way to Molalla, into park land

Trouble is, much of that land runs through what now is private property, and while some landowners have agreed to provide easements through their property others aren't so keen, Canby Senior Planner Matilda Deas said.

Additionally, completing a master plan for the project would cost about $150,000 and "no one has the money to do it," she said. STOCK IMAGE - The Molalla Forest Road runs from Canby to our southern neighbor.

"We're looking at doing this in small, chewable bites," Deas said. "We're thinking we can do it in thirds. That way when we get one part done we can go for the next stretch."

The city and county are working together to find sources of grant money to assist in the funding, planning and design of the possible future recreational pathway for bikes and pedestrians, which would connect Canby to Molalla and eventually to the Molalla River Recreation Corridor, she said.

If funding can be obtained, completing the master plan would take about nine months, Deas said.

Another option being considered is asking the railroad to provide an easement because the logging trail follows the railroad from Canby to Molalla. This approach would require fencing or some sort of protective barrier to be constructed between the path and the railroad, but it would also mean the city and county would not have to seek easements on private property.

"It's so complicated," Deas said.