Cheryl Petty of Dunsmuir is leading an effort to create a feasibility study for a tram that would connect Mt. Bradley and the Pacific Crest Trail with Tauhindauli Park in Dunsmuir. She refers to it as an eco-tourism proposal.

As the project manager for the creation of Tauhindauli Park and Trail in 2000-2001, Petty wrote the grants and obtained $780,000 from public, foundation and private sources, according to a press release.

As stated in the release, “The functionality of a lift up to the level of the PCT and connecting with the Castle Lake and Castle Crags trail system and connecting with the Mossbrae Trail in Tauhindauli Park creates a hub for attracting visitors off I-5 which runs right past the entrance to the proposed tram.”

Petty says the name for the Horsetail Falls Aerial Tram “was suggested to me by an old timer who said Horsetail Falls is an ephemeral waterfall visible during heavy rain.”

She sees the tram as an eco-tourism project, which is defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.”

Petty states in the release that she is bringing the tram idea back after an unsuccessful presentation to the Dunsmuir City Council 20 years ago. “Dunsmuir’s council is different and times have changed post-recession. Dunsmuir is no longer the railroad town it used to be. Not it’s tourism which brings in the most dollars and hires the most people.”

The top of the proposed tram would be near the lookout on Mt. Bradley on property owned by Roseburg. Petty says Roseburg has been a supporter of the tram from the beginning.

Dunsmuir Mayor Bryce Craig said the city council has been informed by the city’s economic development and tourism committee that they’re exploring the idea of the tram in their committee meetings.

“I would say that the council supports the efforts of the committee to develop ideas for economic development,” Craig wrote in response to an emailed question about the tram project.

Sites that would be considered for the bottom of the tram in the feasibility study include a location north of Dunsmuir City Park and another on the east side of Interstate 5, according to the release.

Petty lists the following points in favor of the tram:

• Thousands of cars pass the proposed tram on I-5, providing an endless supply of prospective users;

• Cross-country skiers and hikers will be able to access high country previously difficult to impossible to reach and provide access for PCT travelers;

• Handicapped people and families will enjoy the sights at the top;

• Job creation is expected in the tram construction, operation and in the related tourism businesses.

Feasibility study needed

As stated in Petty’s press release, “A complete market demand and financial feasibility study is needed to provide demand estimates for the proposed tram and to calculate multiple revenue scenarios. Engineering and construction cost estimates are needed to determine operating/variable costs and to estimate the financial viability of the Horsetail Falls Aerial Tram project. These investigations inform other key decisions like the type of passenger cars needed which impact costs and other factors.

“Besides the financial viability of the project, determining how it will affect the region’s economic situation, impact our target Planning and Technical Activity, connect local recreation resources and serve the tourist.

“The feasibility study provides guidance for decision making, ensuring best outcome for invested resources.”

Group presentations available

Petty states in an email that she is reaching out to organizations in the region who would like to have her give a presentation about the project. She can be reached by email at: cherylpetty05@gmail.com.

More information is available at the tram website: http://www.cherylpetty.com/hfat/