In 2005 Cycle Oregon awarded a $50,000 Signature Grant to help the community of Halfway complete a long-term funding project to repurchase the land for its county fairgrounds. With Cycle Oregon providing the last boost to hit their overall fundraising goal, Halfway was able to reacquire their fairgrounds. And the concept of the Cycle Oregon Signature Grant was born.
In 2015 Cycle Oregon made another Signature Grant, this time for $50,000 to demonstrate our support, commitment and excitement for the Salmonberry project. This grant will help continue the momentum into the next phase of the project, shifting from concept to reality by supporting a major capital campaign and project management.
In 2012 Cycle Oregon made a Signature Grant of $100,000 to start planning the “Salmonberry Trail,” with the Oregon Departments of Forestry and State Parks and the Port of Tillamook Bay. When a giant storm tore apart the route of the Banks to Tillamook railroad, trains could no longer operate through the rugged, roadless Salmonberry canyon. A broad coalition of supporters is now working toward what will one day become 80+ miles of cycling nirvana, a rail-with-trail that stretches from Banks to Tillamook.
In 2009, Cycle Oregon’s Signature Grant went to Oregon’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Cycle O has partnered with State Parks to champion a shared vision for an official network of State Scenic Bikeways. These mapped, marketed and maintained routes will connect communities and highlight the scenery, history and culture of the state, showcasing the essence of Oregon to residents and visitors alike. The Cycle Oregon Fund contributed $50,000 to help that vision become reality.
In 2008 our Signature Grant was dedicated to helping protect Wallowa Lake’s glacial moraines from development pressure. These rare geological features, carved by ancient glaciers, rise above the east and west shores of pristine Wallowa Lake. They’re considered both naturally and culturally precious by Native Americans and lovers of the land. Cycle Oregon contributed $50,000 toward the ambitious effort to preserve this land from further development.
In 2007 our Signature Grant helped restock Diamond Lake with trout. An invasive non-native fish species was ruining the lake’s ecosystem, and so the lake was intentionally poisoned to kill off the invaders. Afterward, an ambitious program set out to re-stock the renowned fishing lake with new trout, and Cycle Oregon contributed $50,000 toward the effort. Six months after stocking the lake, people were pulling trophy trout out of Diamond Lake.