Jon Knechtel, director of trail operations for the Pacific Northwest Trail Association, has sent out a plea for help after a fire damaged a bridge over Fidalgo Bay just outside of Anacortes. The bridge is a key link for two trails.
Here is his letter:
As you may or may not know, in early October a fire damaged a major portion of the trestle on the Tommy Thompson Trail, across Fidalgo Bay. Unfortunately there is no insurance available to replace the damaged section.
The trestle is an integral part of not only the Tommy Thompson Trail, but also of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail. The mayor of Anacortes, Dean Maxwell, and the Tribal chairman of the Samish Nation, Tom Wooten, share a commitment to rebuilding and reopening the trestle by April of 2010.
The Pacific Northwest Trail Association shares that same commitment and has offered their support in raising monies towards that goal. Therefore, the PNTA has placed a link on our Web site www.pnt.org, through PayPal, for our members, volunteers, hikers, and friends of the PNTA to make contributions to the trestle repair. Checks can also be mailed to PNTAs office for this worthy cause. All monies sent to the PNTA and earmarked for the trestle will be given to the City of Anacortes.
Checks also can be sent directly to Anacortes Parks Foundation, P.O. Box 1902, Anacortes, WA 98221. Both the Anacortes Parks Foundation and the Pacific Northwest Trail Association are 501c3 non-profit organizations, so donations are tax deductible.
Let’s show the City of Anacortes and the Samish Tribe our gratitude for their commitment to this project, and their continued support of the trail, by our generous support.