JOHN DAY - A local committee encourages longtime Grant County residents to attend a luncheon and meeting at the John Day Senior Center noon Thursday, Sept. 4, to help identify historic roads and trails.

Don Lundbom and Bud Trowbridge, members of a RS2477 committee, said they need help locating historic right-of-ways now located on federal land in Grant County. RS2477 refers to a revised statute passed by the U.S. Congress which the committee hopes to implement to shift federal roads to county ownership.

If right-of-ways are established on Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management land, the county can assert ownership of 60-foot right-of-ways and one- to five-mile corridors on stock trails, Lundbom said. Old railroad lines, mining roads and other paths of commerce predating 1958, when the federal government ceased making RS2477 designations, could be candidates for county right-of-ways, Lundbom and Trowbridge said.

The meeting at the senior center will start with a no-host lunch for $3 and follow with scrutiny of maps and notarization of historic routes for commerce. Anyone who needs help with transportation can ask for assistance. For more information, call Lundbom at (541) 575-1850 or Trowbridge at 932-4341.

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