Loggers, electeds, and riders come together to mark solid progress on Crown Z Trail

Ready to cut the ribbon.
Left to Right: Columbia County Facilities & Parks Director Casey Garrett, Mike Pihl Logging Inc. owner Mike Pihl, former Columbia County Commissioner and CZ Trail Advisory Committee Chair Tony Hyde, Columbia County Commissioner Margaret Magruder, CZ Advisory Committee member Dale Latham, County Commissioner Henry Heimuller.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Advocate’s memorial fund leads to $150,000 grant for the Crown Zellerbach Trail

Vernonia Overnighter

A portion of the grant funds will pay for safety improvements where the trail crosses Scappoose-Vernonia Highway.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Great news for those who like to take the road less traveled: The Crown Zellerbach Trail, a former logging road that gives riders an off-highway option between Scappoose and Vernonia, has just won a $150,000 matching grant from Oregon Parks and Recreation.

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Wayne Naillon will be remembered on the forest trails he loved most

Wayne Naillon in a familiar pose.(Photo courtesy Dale Latham)
Wayne Naillon in a familiar pose.
(Photo courtesy Dale Latham)

When Wayne Naillon chose to end his life back in May, the region lost one of its most dedicated cycling advocates. Now his name will remain connected to the places and trails he loved thanks to funds created in his name by friends and family.

From Cycle Oregon to Sunday Parkways — and from the Wilson River Trail to the Crown Zellerbach Trail, Naillon donated hundreds of volunteer hours during his lifetime. He had a special place in his heart for off-road trails and was a regular volunteer with the Northwest Trail Alliance. Wayne was also a BikePortland subscriber who I first met while doing a trail maintenance event in the Tillamook State Forest in 2005 (a fact he reminded me of last year in a comment he left on a story about the Wilson River Trail).

Last week we heard from Wayne’s friend Dale Latham with details about how he’ll be remembered:

We are honored with the huge support we have received in Wayne’s’ memory. This includes:

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Wayne Naillon is missing. Please help us find him – UPDATED

Naillon six months ago.(Photo: Carmen Naillon)
Naillon six months ago.
(Photo: Carmen Naillon)

Portlander Wayne Naillon has gone missing and his friends and family are very worried for his safety.

Naillon, who just turned 66 years old last week, is an active advocate for bicycling. He is a regular volunteer at events like Sunday Parkways, he has held a position for the Portland Bureau of Transportation, and he is a BikePortland subscriber. He has done most of his advocacy work for off-road cycling as a volunteer for the Northwest Trail Alliance. In 2007 he was nominated for an Alice B Toeclips Award by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance.

According to his niece Carmen Naillon, Wayne hasn’t reported to work for over a month and it has been two weeks since he has been seen or heard from.

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