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Friday, August 22, 2014
Restoring, protecting and enhancing wetlands and other habitat for important fish and wildlife species is critical to ensuring the health of Oregon's ecosystem. Read More...

Friday, August 22, 2014
We have received your request for modification of WRP Easement 66-0436-04-00171 dated July 30, 2014. Read More...

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Wallace Bridge has met with politicians at the 2014 Oregon Coast Economic Summit to talk about the potentially game-changing impact of Wallace Bridge on all of Oregon, and the issues blocking the development of the project. Photos included. Read More...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
REGARDING WALLACE BRIDGE: WHAT TO CONTACT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS WITH AND HOW Read More...

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Republican women will host picnic Read More...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
We've uploaded the email we sent contacting the governor's office for help getting the conservation easement moved so we may move forward on the development. Read More...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
This memorandum discusses reasons as to why Carlton LLC is submitting a Freedom of Information Act request in regards to the ongoing NRCS WRP easement request in New York State. Read More...

Friday, August 8, 2014
Thank you for your letter indicating that the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) had received the Carlton LLC easement modification request and that your agency will begin a review of our proposal. We would be happy to meet with you and any member of the NRCS review team at any time. Read More...

Friday, August 8, 2014
How slow do the wheels of the federal government roll...apparently fairly slowly. Read More...

Thursday, August 7, 2014
This is an open letter to the Natural Resource Conservation Service. We have some questions regarding Wallace Bridge and absent a return phone call from you, we are asking those questions on the air. Read More...

Thursday, August 7, 2014
We thank you for your continued support, and would like to inform you of a new development regarding the Wallace Bridge Equestrian Venue and Resort. Read More...

Thursday, August 7, 2014
The Natural Resources Conservation Service has received your request to modify the Wetland Restoration Program (WRP) Conservation Easement Read More...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Ric Berger is a gambling man who prefers to make his own good luck whenever possible. Read More...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
I'd like to thank you for your letter to the NRCS in support of the Wallace Bridge Equestrian Venue and Resort in Polk County. Read More...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
This memorandum discusses issues regarding the applicability of the National Environmental Policy Act to the Wallace Bridge WRP easement modification request. Read More...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
I am requesting that you give careful consideration to Carlton LLC's easement modification request for the Wallace Bridge Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) conservation easement. Read More...

Friday, August 1, 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
See more to view all the documents sent in the re-submission of the request. Read More...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Wallace Bridge has submitted the easement modification at the current site at the intersection of Highway 18 and 22. We need the public to contact their elected officials. Read More...

Friday, July 25, 2014
It is important to be involved in your local politics and to speak your mind. It's your government. Read More...

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Willamina recently lost the only bank in town as well as several new businesses trying to make a go of it. In Sheridan and Willamina. The backers of the Wallace Bridge Equestrian Center are looking at other options outside of our area because of the NRCS land issues. Read More...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
First of all, I'd like to thank the county sheriff's office in Yamhill County for responding to the fire in Perrydale. Read More...

Monday, July 14, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014
I would like to inform you that I am currently looking for a new site for the Wallace Bridge International Equestrian Resort and Venue in the western Willamette Valley possibly within your district. Read More...

Friday, June 27, 2014
The West Valley communities of Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde suffered a loss of no small dimension this week with the passing of their local paper, The Sun. Read More...

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Attached are two articles addressing positive public programs in the West Valley. The question that should be asked is "why is there such a need in the West Valley"? Read More...

Friday, May 9, 2014
The proposed Wallace Bridge project - an international equestrian center near the intersection of highways 18 and 22 - likely is dead at that location. Read More...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
I am writing to you regarding my concern for a proposed burn in the Forbes area of the Wallace Bridge Easement by the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Read More...

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
We appreciate the communnication about coming out to Wallace Bridge. We still have not received a response from our e-mail of May 1, 2014. Read More...

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
We would like to have a detailed breakdown of all costs for past and present maintenance and restoration on the Wallace Bridge easement. Read More...

Thursday, May 1, 2014
It has come to my attention from the local fire department that the NRCS has inquired to burn 10 acres of the easement property. Read More...

Friday, April 25, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Carlton, LLC is searching for property within the Willamette Valley west of I-5 in order to develop a world class, year-around international equestrian facility. Read More...

Thursday, April 3, 2014
The Sheriff's cutbacks are a grim reality for rural Oregon. However, they do not have to be if we promote local businesses that are compatible with our cherished rural environment. Read More...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
County budget: No good news. Read More...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
After nearly two years of fighting to see Wallace Bridge, his dream for an equestrian center, built in Polk County, project developer J.W. Millegan may explore other options. Read More...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
The Oregon Employment Department released new Statistic in March - Oregon's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped below 7 percent for the first time since August 2008. Read More...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
After nurturing a dream to revitalize the local economy with the construction of a $100 million international equestrian center at Wallace Bridge, entrepreneur J.W. Millegan is contemplating letting that dream die. Read More...

Friday, March 21, 2014
Millegan "fight for local site may no longer be worth time, money Read More...

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Wallace Bridge, a proposed International Equestrian Venue near Willamina/Sheridan has received interest from parties regarding relocating to another location within Oregon and outside of Oregon. Read More...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Thursday, March 6, 2014
We have owned property on Fort Hill Road for 22 years, where we chose to build our retirement home because of the natural beauty of the area. When we purchased the property we felt confident we had chosen an area that would prosper and surely become another growing, welcoming community . Read More...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
We need people to attend Senator Wyden's Town Hall Meetings on Sunday March 2nd to support Wallace Bridge. THANK YOU! Read More...

Friday, February 21, 2014
In response to "Easement Doesn't Qualify" (Readers' Forum, Feb 14). Rob Tracey is certainly entitled to his opinion on whether the Wallace Bridge conservation easement modification should be approved. Read More...

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
The National Appeals Division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has denied a request for reconsideration petition from Carlton LLC, developer of the proposed Wallace Bridge equestrian center outside Willamina. Read More...

Monday, February 10, 2014
This letter responds to your January 31, 2014, Request for Reconsideration of Director Review Determination (the request) that you filed on behalf of Wallace Bridge (Appellant) in the above-captioned case. Read More...

Friday, February 7, 2014
The fear that approving the Carlton LLC easement modification will trigger an avalanche of future WRP easement modifications is unfounded. The Carlton request is unique and would be extremely difficult to replicate using the current NRCS easement modification criteria. Read More...

Friday, January 31, 2014
Wallace Bridge ("Appellant") submits the following Request for Reconsideration of Director Review Determination ("Determination") received on January 21, 2014. Read More...

Monday, January 27, 2014
I would like to respond to incorrect claims and statements made by Mr. Tracey, at Senator Merkley’s recent Town Hall. Mr. Tracey, interestingly enough is retired from the same agency that is blocking the development of Wallace Bridge. Read More...

Friday, January 24, 2014
There was a light touch when U.S. Sen Jeff Merkley fielded the first question of his 200th town hall from Newby Elementary student, Jazmine Jones. Read More...

Friday, January 24, 2014
"A dog in the manger" is one of my favorite expressions. It describes someone who interferes in another person's business, even though this interference gives no one any benefit. Read More...

Thursday, January 23, 2014
I am encouraging you to support the equestrian Wallace Bridge Sport Venue and Stadium project near Willamina. Read More...

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The battle over a request by J.W. Millegan to modify the Wallace Bridge Conservation Easement continues on. Read More...

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
The roller coaster ride continues with issues surrounding the Wallace Bridge conservation easement modification plan. Read More...

Friday, January 17, 2014
I find on Director review that NAD does not have jurisdiction to consider Appellants appeal. Accordingly, I vacate the Appeal Determination and dismiss Appellant's appeal. Read More...

Friday, January 17, 2014
Today, Wallace Bridge received notification from the NAD related to the NRCS's appeal that Wallace Bridge had NO right to appeal: Read More...

Thursday, January 16, 2014
I am writing this letter in support of the Wallace Bridge project in Polk County. At the moment, there seems to be a stand still on the progress of having this happen.I am asking that you seriously look at this situation and use your governing authority to have this establishment proceed forward. Read More...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Some things defy explanation. Last week we received a news release from the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announcing the extension of the deadline for enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Read More...

Friday, January 10, 2014
State Representative David Gomberg (D-Otis)will provide a pre-session legislative update and invite suggestions to improve economic vitality and quality of life in the West Valley and across Oregon on Friday, January 24th from 6:30-6:30 at the Delphian School in Sheridan(20950 SW Rock Creek Road). Read More...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Articles about a proposed world-class equestrian center on property near Wallace Bridge first appeared in The Sun in 2012 and continued throughout 2013. Read More...

Friday, December 20, 2013
Four members of Oregon's congressional delegation waded into the Wallace Bridge controversy Thursday with a joint letter to Roger Klurfeld, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Appeals Division (NAD) requesting fair and open due process in the case. Read More...

Thursday, December 19, 2013
We write today on the proposed Wallace Bridge development near Sheridan, Oregon. Read More...

Thursday, December 19, 2013
Appellant submits the following response to The Natural Resources Conservation Service's ("NRCS")Request for Director Review ("Request") submitted December 11,2013. Read More...

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The battle over a request for a modification of a federal wetlands easement at Wallace Bridge continues. Read More...

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Last week the Natural Resources Conservation Service appealed the successful appeal of a proposed Wetlands Reserve Program easement modification on land near Wallace Bridge. Read More...

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Wallace Bridge, a proposed international equestrian center on the edge of Yamhill County, is the focus of a political football game that appears headed into a long over-time. Read More...

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Appeal of appeal filed by NRCS - The journey isn't over for Wallace Bridge. Read More...

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) respectfully requests a review by the Director, National Appeals Division (NAD), of Hearing Officer's November 21,2013, Appeal Determination of the appeal filed by Appellant. Read More...

Friday, December 6, 2013
We laid down the welcome mat last week for U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, suggesting that he visit the Yamhill Valley to see a local situation exacerbated by his sprawling federal agency. Read More...

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
J.W. Millegan, the man behind the idea of building a world class equestrian competition venue and events center in Polk County, has been absolutely sure his dream would become reality. Read More...

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
River Design Group's Final Report. Read More...

Friday, November 29, 2013
An Open Letter to Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack: Please come to the Yamhill valley! Yes, we think a personal visit is needed. Read More...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
It has been more than a year since the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) denied an application by Wallace Bridge to modify an existing easement governed by the Wetlands Reserve Program. Read More...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
A federal agency's 2012 denial of a conservation easement modification for the Wallace Bridge International Equestrian Center last week was declared "in error" on many counts by Hearings Officer Julie Reading of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Appeals Division. Read More...

Monday, November 25, 2013
Last Thursday, a hearings officer for the US Department of Agriculture National Appeals Division issued a landmark decision that should allow a much needed project to go forward that is very important to our Building Trade unions in Oregon. Read More...

Sunday, November 24, 2013
Gomberg Celebrates Good News for Yamhill County Economic Development Project Read More...

Friday, November 22, 2013
Attached is the Hearings Officer's decision regarding the modification request. Wallace Bridge wins, Oregon wins and the environment wins. Read More...

Friday, November 22, 2013
Appellant also presented substantial evidence that the Proposed Easement would promote species survival and recovery more than the Current Easement, thereby meeting a compelling public need by NRCS’ own definition. NRCS failed to provide any evidence rebutting Appellant’s evidence on these issues. Read More...

Friday, November 15, 2013
Supporters of the Wallace Bridge international equestrian center in the West Valley are seeking Gov. John Kitzhaber's political clout to fight a federal agency ruling that threatens the project envisioned. Read More...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
With the ruling from the National Appeals Division on the Conservation Resources Services easement at Wallace Bridge due next week, the urgency to gain the support of elected officials for the world class equestrian center mounts. Read More...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Enclosed is an updated brochure on Wallace Bridge and a draft technical memorandum "Wallace Bridge Reconnaissance and Project Strategy" written by River Design Group for Carlton LLC (owner of Wallace Bridge Equestrian Venue). Read More...

Monday, November 4, 2013
Draft of River Design Group's Study. Read More...

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
After multiple delays , a new deadline has been set for a decision on the Wallace Bridge national Conservation Resource Services easement modification ruling. Read More...

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Attached is a stunning e-mail by the NRCS attorney Ed Nilson that demonstrated the agency's total disregard for rules of law, Oregon and its economic needs and worst of all the Agency's disregard for the environment. Read More...

Thursday, October 24, 2013
The agency has no further response on the pictures provided by Mr. Bittner. Read More...

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has received and reviewed a copy of the DVD regarding the Wallace Bridge Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) easement. Read More...

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
We are in receipt of Louise Davis' response. I only have a few comments. The pictures were prepares at your request, in lieu of a site visit. Read More...

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Wallace Bridge wants Willamina to be successful and prosper. To create needed jobs and begin to address the issues of providing an adequate supply of water, we need to work together as well as with the larger community of the West Valley. Read More...

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
I just wanted to let you know that the government shut down will delay the proceedings in this case as the Agency Representatives and I are not permitted to work during the furlough. Read More...

Thursday, September 12, 2013
At a recent Chamber meeting it came to my attention that Willamina Schools may not be able to expand due to undersized water lines. Read More...

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
When state underwent redistricting the West Valley fell into two separate house and senate districts. Read More...

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
With each passing week the list of government officials, organizations, businesses and individuals supporting the Wallace Bridge equestrian center continues to grow. Read More...

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
I would like to update you on the status of the Wallace Bridge easement modification and the proposed International Equestrian Venue. Read More...

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
We are writing to urge you to ask that the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) reconsider their decision to deny the modification of the Wallace Bridge Conservation Easement. Because denial of the modification request precludes development of the proposed international equestrian center, we strongly support reversal of the NRCS decision. Read More...

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Thanks for sending the detailed maintenance and restoration costs on the Wallace Bridge Easement in response to Carlton LLC's Freedom of Information request. I am sure that you are aware that the information you have sent is worthless in assessing whether the NRCS has effectively managed the easement. Read More...

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
As you are aware, Carlton LLC has signed a contract with River Design Group to design a restoration plan for the unnamed stream at Wallace Bridge, which will include handicap accessibility. Your agency has the opinion that Carlton LLC cannot proceed with this planning process even though Carlton LLC is paying. Read More...

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Appellee ("NRCS") claims that Appellant does not have standing to bring this appeal, because Appellee asserts that J.W. Millegan and Steve Ward are not participants in the WRP. Read More...

Friday, August 30, 2013
As the official destination marketing organization for the Yamhill Valley region, we take a keen interest in legislation that may impact our areas' attractiveness and ability to sustainably grow new international tourist markets. Read More...

Friday, August 30, 2013
As the official destination marketing organization for the Mid-Valley, it is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that Travel Salem supports the Wallace Bridge project. Read More...

Friday, August 30, 2013
I am writing to you with regard to the request by Wallace Bridge to modify a conservation easement located in Polk County, Oregon (WRP# 66-0346-036). Read More...

Friday, August 30, 2013
Thank you for the opportunity to review the Professional Service Contract between River Design Group, Inc. and Carlton LLC (hereafter referred to as "the design Contract"). Read More...

Friday, August 30, 2013
Weekly update of Wallace Bridge supporters. Read More...

Friday, August 30, 2013
I am writing to you today about the Wallace Bridge development near Sheridan, Oregon. After meeting with a representative from the firm handling this project, Carlton LLC , I want to urge the USDA National Appeals Division to give a full and fair consideration to JW Millegan's request to modify a conservation easement. Read More...

Thursday, August 29, 2013
We are intrigued with the possibility of an international equestrian center in rural Polk County near the city of Willamina and the Spirit Mountain Casino. Read More...

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
In 2004, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) established a 187-acre easement under the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) near Sheridan, Oregon. The Wallace Bridge project is proposing modifications to the boundaries of the existing easement. Read More...

Monday, August 26, 2013
Thank you for your inquiry on behalf of the Wallace Bridge Project. I understand the dilemma you face, when asking questions of a sister agency. It does not surprise me that Mr. Alvarado would defend the conduct of his agency in regards to our modification request. Read More...

Friday, August 23, 2013
As a member of the Voting Community of this Great State of Oregon, I write with intense interest in the Wallace Bridge Equestrian Project. Read More...

Friday, August 23, 2013

Friday, August 23, 2013
Enclosed is the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) closing statement for the above referenced hearing. Read More...

Thursday, August 22, 2013
As the official marketing organization for the Portland region, we take a keen interest in legislation that may impact our areas' attractiveness and ability to sustainably grow new international tourist markets. Read More...

Thursday, August 22, 2013
Thank you for contacting River Design Group, Inc. RDG regarding the reconnaissance and restoration concepts development project for a unnamed tributary to the South Yamhill River near Sheridan, Oregon. Read More...

Thursday, August 22, 2013
The McMinnville Chamber and its 400+ business members recognize that the strength of countywide economic development is significant factor in the success and effectiveness of our own community. Read More...

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
An economic assessment of the Wallace Bridge equestrian center was released yesterday. Read More...

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Wallace Bridge International Equestrian Events and Competition Venue: An Economic Assessment - August 2013 Read More...

Thursday, August 15, 2013
Resolution to the 203 Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council Convention in Support of the Proposed Wallace Bridge International Equestrian Competition Venue, Read More...

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Appellee ('NRCS') raised the issue of Appellant's standing to bring to bring this appeal. You previously determined there was standing because the agency handbook clearly allows a third party to make a modification request with the land owner's concurrence and you correctly concluded there was landowner concurrence. Read More...

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Merkley, Bonamici say job creation in rural counties is critical. Read More...

Friday, August 9, 2013
Updated List of Wallace Bridge Supporters. Read More...

Thursday, August 8, 2013
We write today on the proposed Wallace Bridge development near Sheridan, Oregon. Development on the proposed Wallace Bridge property is currently restricted by a conservation easement owned by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Read More...

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
The fate of a parcel of land in a triangle between Highways 18 and 22 hangs in the balance while federal officials weigh in on a proposed amendment to a Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) Easement on the property. Read More...

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
I write you with great interest in the subject. We are truly suffering work wise in the North West of Oregon. Timber and Wine has been our real Hero's in the past, neither presently show any remarkable job opportunities. Read More...

Monday, July 29, 2013
The development of the Wallace Bridge Equestrian Venue is currently on hold. In order to proceed through the local land use process, a WRP conservation easement owned by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)on a portion of the 325-acre site needs to be modified. Read More...

Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013
Wallace Bridge requests the following Information under the Freedom Of Information Act: 1. All Cost including past and present maintenance costs for the Wallace Bridge easement as well as ongoing maintenance. Read More...

Friday, July 26, 2013
Wallace Bridge requests the following information under the Freedom of Information Act: 1. Any and all notes, e-mail and other correspondence from December 12, 2012 to present regarding Wallace Bridge easement. Read More...

Friday, July 26, 2013
In his editorial "Modification not trivial," Craig Markham, raises several issues that deserve a response. Read More...

Thursday, July 25, 2013
As the State Senator on the Oregon Coast and on behalf of the people of Senate District 5, I write to express my strong support in requesting the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to reconsider their decision to deny the conservation easement modification request for the Wallace Bridge Equestrian Center. Read More...

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
"Oregon won't be a better place for any of us to live until it's a better place for all of us to live. Read More...

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The fate of a $100 million equestrian center at Wallace Bridge rests in the hands of the Department of Agriculture National Appeals Division. Read More...

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The cost estimates for the construction of the equestrian center at Wallace Bridge have been released, and according to J W Millegan, it will cost between $96.7 and $98.7 million to build the international event center. Read More...

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Wallace Bridge (Carlton LLC) has hired ECONorthwest to conduct an economic analysis of the proposed Wallace Bridge International Equestrian Competition Venue. The Venue will occupy approximately 600 acres near Willamina/Sheridan, Oregon. Read More...

Monday, July 15, 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
I am writing on behalf of the Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) to express our support of the equestrian development at Wallace Bridge. Read More...

Monday, July 8, 2013

Monday, July 8, 2013

Friday, July 5, 2013
Oregon's top political leaders need to climb aboard in strong support of the vision for a world-class equestrian resort at Wallace Bridge. Read More...

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
I've noticed some recent comments on the NPSO discussion list of the Wallace Bridge project that is Proposed by JW Millegan in western Polk County. Some of the comments contain misinformation regarding the easement modification and potential impacts to rare plant population on the site. Read More...

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Attached is an e-mail I received from Karl Klooster regarding comments from a member of the Native Plant Society of Oregon. This is a member's comment, not the position of the Native Plant Society. Read More...

Friday, June 28, 2013
The NRCS has failed the US public and failed to protest the nation's Wetlands. Attached is a report on the condition of the area that would be removed from the current easement. Read More...

Friday, June 28, 2013
Wallace Bridge timely requested the National Appeals Division (NAD) issue a subpoena requiring document production in the above-referenced case. Read More...

Thursday, June 27, 2013
Dear Gov. Kitzhaber, Certainly you're aware of the proposed WALLACE BRIDGE project for the West Valley, Oregon ... a world-class equestrian facility (and much more) that JW Millegan is putting together (and financing). No cost to the tax payers/government/anyone as it is self-funded. Read More...

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
As mayor of the City of Yamhill, Oregon, I would like to express support for the proposed horse farm known as the Wallace Bridge Project. Read More...

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
On June 25, 2013 I conducted a reconnaissance level survey of the restoration area on the upper terrace at the Millegan-Wallace Bridge WRP. Read More...

Friday, June 21, 2013
Wallace Bridge Supporters. Read More...

Friday, June 21, 2013
Regarding the alternative test, our proposal is outside the NRCS' normal conservation easement modification paradigm. Read More...

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
I guess I should feel honored the editor of a small town newspaper approaches the sidelines in a game between a national governmental agency and a local entrepreneur and gets double teamed, guarded with a full court press with action recorded play by play. Read More...

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
I am writing to you about a dream I have had for many years that someone else has the ability to bring to reality. Read More...

Monday, June 17, 2013
Public need implies an action that creates a benefit that is necessary and by adding the word "compelling" there must be a stronger or greater benefit to the public than a just a minimal necessary benefit. Read More...

Thursday, June 13, 2013
How it Works: The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has a process for modifying existing Wetland Reserve Program conservation easements that is mired in secrecy and provides too much discretion to bureaucrats with little or no oversight. Read More...

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
The article highlights the results of the recent Department of Agriculture National Appeals Division Hearing. The Article fails to mention that Wallace Bridge has received support from Congressman Kurt Schrader. Read More...

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
The testimony of Jessica Groves was interesting but not entirely credible. Regarding the Montana easement modification (the easement of the Robert M. and Patricia M. Miller WRP Modification), Ms. Groves indicated that the compelling public need for this easement modification was not based on the economic benefits the area..... Read More...

Monday, June 10, 2013
The following is intended to respond to your guidelines made in your email earlier today setting forth the requirements for a formal subpoena request. Read More...

Friday, June 7, 2013
We would like to update our supporters about recent activities regarding efforts to reverse the Natural Resource Conservation Service decision to deny our request to modify the Wallace Bridge Conservation Easement. Read More...

Thursday, June 6, 2013
The continued hearing in the above National Appeals Division (NAD) case is Scheduled for July 11, 2013. Read More...

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Linda Royer posts landscape guidelines that will be followed while designing the Wallace Bridge Equestrian Park. Read More...

Monday, May 27, 2013
I am writing in behalf of Fox Hills Pony Club in support of the Wallace Bridge Equestrian Venue. Fox Hills Pony Club is a small but active club located in Southwest Washington, and is part of the Oregon Region of United States Pony Club. Read More...

Friday, May 24, 2013
We just got an updated preliminary jobs number from our Landscape Architect requires for the Horse Park portion of Wallace Bridge. Read More...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
I am writing to you in regards to WRP # 66-0346-036, of which the subject is "Wallace Bridge". I am writing on behalf of Oregon Senate District 8, and more broadly the State of Oregon. Read More...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The members of the Oregon Legislative Jobs Caucus are requesting that the Natural Resources Conservation Service resolve the conservation easement modification issues that are blocking the development of Wallace Bridge. Read More...

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
I am writing to support the request of the Wallace Bridge Equestrian Center to modify the existing conservation easement, and to request that the NRCS work with Wallace Bridge to seek a resolution of easement modification issue to allow this tremendous economic opportunity to proceed. Read More...

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
My name is Michael Rupp. I am a land use planner working on the Wallace Bridge Project. I have received via email a copy of your letter on behalf of the Friends of Polk County to Ron Alvarado of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Read More...

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
We just got the preliminary jobs number from our Landscape Architect required for the Horse Park portion of Wallace Bridge. Read More...

Monday, May 20, 2013
I request that the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) reconsider their decision denying the easement modification for the Wallace Bridge Equestrian Center. Read More...

Monday, May 20, 2013
Thank you for response to my letter of April 24th, 2013. I understand that you are prohibited from discussing the merits of a pending appeal. However, I would like to offer my strong support of this project in advance of Mr. Millegan's appeal. Read More...

Friday, May 17, 2013

Friday, May 17, 2013
Enclosed is information on Wallace Bridge, an equestrian venue proposed 30 miles west of Salem that could create 200 to 500 jobs on site and thousands of secondary jobs in the economically depressed rural of Oregon. Read More...

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
I am writing on behalf of the Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) to urge you to amend the easement on the property known as Wallace Bridge to enable the development of an equestrian facility on the property. Read More...

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
We were recently contacted by a representative from Carlton LLC regarding the proposed development of "Wallace Bridge", a 325 acre international equestrian center in Polk County near the border of Yamhill County. Read More...

Sunday, May 12, 2013
Legislature should focus on regulatory issues as it scrambles to make up for lost time on bills aimed at job creation and small business. Read More...

Thursday, May 9, 2013
Email from Ed Nilson - NRCS to Mark McGranaghan and Julie Reading - NAD Read More...

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Thank you for your letter of April 24, 2013, concerning your constituent , JW Millegan , and his proposed new development, Wallace Bridge. Read More...

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
I am writing in support of Wallace Bridge , the proposed international Olympic-style equestrian events and competition center. Read More...

Friday, May 3, 2013
I want to thank you for your support of Wallace Bridge and your offer to help us gain support from other political leaders around the state. Read More...

Thursday, May 2, 2013
At a recent meeting we had the opportunity to discuss with representatives from Carlton LLC the proposed Wallace Bridge equestrian facility located in western Polk County, near the City of Willamina. Read More...

Thursday, May 2, 2013
Willamina FFA creates PowerPoint in support of Wallace Bridge. Read More...

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
My opinion is to stay in-line with NHQ guidance. The "compelling need" to the public and the WRP is insufficient to me. It will also guarantee a lot of work when we have other WRP activities to do with more immediate needs. Read More...

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici held a town hall meeting in McMinnville on Monday, April 29, at Chemeketa Community College. Read More...

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Wallace Bridge, the proposed international equestrian center, would be a great addition to the West Valley area, not to mention the State of Oregon. Read More...

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
On April 30, 2013 J.W. Millegan of Wallace Bridge (WB) and Richard Brainerd of Carex Working Group (CWG) met with Leo Preston and Tom Finnegan of Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Chris Seal and Nate Richardson of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Read More...

Friday, April 26, 2013
Portland - A group of sign-waving , horseback-riding protesters descended on the LLoyd Center offices of the National Resource Conservation Service on Monday to protest its refusal to accommodate a planned equestrian resort and event center by modifying a conservation easement. Read More...

Friday, April 26, 2013
Native American burial sites are not simply artifacts of the tribe's cultural past, but are considered sacred and represent a continuing connection with their ancestors; Read More...

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Wallace Bridge held a successful rally in Portland to bring attention to the ongoing NRCS blockade. In response the Conservation Service issued a statement saying because there is an active appeal process, the agency would not provide details of the easement to the media. The spokesperson goes on to say that the agency is working with all parties to resolve the appeal. Read More...

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Earth Day was Monday and approximately 100 Sheridan and Willamina residents found it to be a prime opportunity to attend a rally held in Portland to raise support for the proposed Wallace Bridge Equestrian Center. Read More...

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
My name is Melissa Baer and I have ties to the community of Yamhill County since before I could walk. Read More...

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I would like to bring to your attention an issue involving an US Department of Agriculture (USDA) whose actions are blocking an opportunity for job creation and habitat improvement in my district. Read More...

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I urge you to begin a dialogue with the Wallace Bridge people to see if a solution to the easement modification issue can be developed in order to allow the Wallace Bridge Equestrian Venue to continue through the local land use permit process. Read More...

Monday, April 22, 2013
Thank you for your offers of support for Wallace Bridge. Mike Rupp and I would love to work with your organization. I read with great interest the articles on your organization’s webpage. I have also studied the continued loss of competition venues and horse land across North America. I have been searching for 10 years for the perfect place to establish an equine venue. Read More...

Monday, April 22, 2013
Regarding the modification of the conservation easement for the proposed Wallace Bridge equestrian center project in Polk County, I would ask that you consider this request. Read More...

Friday, April 19, 2013
Rally Details Read More...

Friday, April 19, 2013
Just received the approved Park Rally Permit Read More...

Friday, April 19, 2013
On behalf of the Tillamook Economic Development Council, we request that the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) reconsider their decision to deny the request by Carlton LLC to modify the Wallace Bridge WRP conservation easement. Read More...

Friday, April 19, 2013
Wallace Bridge final permit for rally. Read More...

Thursday, April 18, 2013
I am writing to you with hope. The hope is because an Equestrian Center, not just any Equestrian Center but one that would bring in National Competition with the ability to support Olympic size events could become a reality in our small timber town that has been deeply effected by the economy. Read More...

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The Pacific City - Nestucca Valley Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) is an organization of nearly 140 businesses and individuals representing the business, economic, political and social interests of its members in Tillamook County, Oregon and throughout the region. Read More...

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Please take a moment to read our ad and heed its call. Read More...

Monday, April 15, 2013
It is our understanding that you are generally supportive of the Wallace Bridge project, but are reluctant to comment publically during our pending appeal because of ethical considerations. I have consulted with our attorney and we are unaware of any ethical restraints that would preclude you from publically supporting what we are trying to accomplish. Read More...

Sunday, April 14, 2013
On behalf of all Oregonians, you must support the Wallace Bridge Olympic-grade equestrian resort and back their efforts to modify the existing conservation easement on their land in Sheridan, Oregon and bring hundreds of jobs and hope to the Northwest. Read More...

Saturday, April 13, 2013
JW addresses easements in other states. Read More...

Friday, April 12, 2013
I am Jacob Damoude, son of the Carl Damoude with whom you've communicated about your project, Wallace Bridge. This is something he personally took an interest in, and that, in turn, piqued mine. Read More...

Friday, April 12, 2013
Wallace Bridge, a proposed International Equestrian venue, will have an exhibitor booth at the Oregon Governor's Conference on Tourism in Salem at the Salem Convention Center this Sunday, April 14, 2013. Please swing by, say hello and learn about the exciting opportunities at Wallace Bridge! Read More...

Thursday, April 11, 2013
The Rally is Scheduled from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Read More...

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Come support Wallace Bridge, Monday April 22nd at Holiday Park in Portland from 11:30 am to 2:30 PM. Please visit our Facebook page to for complete details and to signup. Read More...

Thursday, April 4, 2013
* Update * - Wallace Bridge has been granted 15 minutes at the next meeting on Tuesday April 17th at the Tillamook County Courthouse. Read More...

Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday, March 22, 2013
Photos of the Wallace Bridge Booth Read More...

Thursday, March 21, 2013
We have recently had discussions with representatives from Carlton LLC about their proposed development of an international equine center on property located south of the City of Willamina, along Highway 18 and 22. Read More...

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
We have recently had discussions with representative from Carlton LLC about their proposed development of an international equine center on property located about 30 miles west of our Chinook Winds Casino Resort. Read More...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Hearing To beheld May 22 and 23 2013. I invite all interested parties to show up and support Wallace Bridge. Read More...

Friday, March 8, 2013
If you have time, I would like to schedule a meeting with you regarding the plans for developing the Wallace Bridge Equine Center in rural Polk County. Read More...

Thursday, March 7, 2013
I greatly appreciate your taking the time to come out to Wallace Bridge. It is my hope that you found the presentation and tour of the conservation easement beneficial. Read More...

Thursday, March 7, 2013
We received your phone message from yesterday asking to be removed from the Wallace Bridge mailing list. This is unfortunate since you are an elected official that needs to understand the needs of those you represent. Because you represent County voters we cannot take you off the mailing list. Read More...

Thursday, March 7, 2013
This letter follows up on our pre-hearing conference of earlier today in which the Appellant's request for a subpoena was addressed. You asked Appellant to provide greater specificity in its request for documentation related to the Wallace Bridge easement modification request. Read More...

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Wallace Bridge will become an international equine center located on 325 acres near the intersections of Highways 18 and 22. Read More...

Monday, March 4, 2013
FOIA releases show other modification allowed without detailed findings or public utility need demonstrated. Read More...

Monday, March 4, 2013
I am writing to request a subpoena to issue in the above referenced matter. The appellant would like to obtain all correspondence related to the Wallace Bridge easement modification request. Read More...

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
We are in receipt of the Appellant's First Request for Production of Documents dated 7 February 2013 forwarded to Oregon by Ed Nilson, National Appeals Specialist. Read More...

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Polk Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) respectfully request Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) reconsider the modification to Wallace Bridge Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) Conservation Easement as requested by J.W. Millegan. Read More...

Friday, February 22, 2013
Attached are our preliminary discussions on a bid for the Equestrian portion of the 2024 Summer Olympics to the City of Portland. Read More...

Thursday, February 14, 2013
We understand that our FOIA Appeal requests have been forwarded to you to handle. In the letter dated December 26, 2012, it states that you are processing our first appeal letter that was sent to you on December 12, 2012. Read More...

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
At its regular meeting on February 6, 2013, the Polk Soil and Water Conservation District vote five to two in favor of writing a letter to the NRCS “that we see merit in the change of the easement and that we wish that the NRCS and the Federal Government look carefully at finding a way to make this work”. Read More...

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The Wallace Bridge Equestrian Center can be a positive benefit to the entire West Valley, as well as Polk County. Read More...

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Please find the slideshow to be presented at tonight's Polk SWCD meeting Read More...

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
I am writing this as a letter of support for the Wallace Bridge equestrian facility. I believe that this facility would benefit horse enthusiasts of all disciplines! Read More...

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
I am writing in support of the Equestrian Center. I am ill and unable to attend the meeting but would like to have this letter included as my personal statement. Read More...

Monday, February 4, 2013
I found out about this yesterday. There is a new sign on HWY 22, introducing something called Wallace Bridge. I went online to find out more, and this project is very exciting to me. Read More...

Monday, February 4, 2013
This Letter is in support of the Wallace Bridge Equestrian facility. Read More...

Monday, February 4, 2013
I support your efforts to improve how government functions. I myself am working hard to resolve an issue that affects our great state of Oregon and your support would be appreciated. Read More...

Friday, February 1, 2013
I am a Pony Club youth member in support of the Wallace Bridge Equestrian Facility. The Oregon Region of the United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is an organization for youth riders (and adult horse owners/riders through our new program called Horsemasters) with a current membership in Oregon and Southern Washington of 190 youth ranging from 6 to 25 years of age. Read More...

Friday, February 1, 2013
The Oregon Region Pony Club is in full support of the Wallace Bridge project. I sent a letter of support this last summer and wanted to make sure that you knew we were still 100% behind this facility. Read More...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Wallace Bridge posts additional power of attorney. Read More...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
NRCS responds to Pre-hearing requests by stone walling. Read More...

Monday, January 28, 2013
I am writing you to reaffirm my understanding that myself and my staff will be granted 10 minutes to make a presentation to the Polk SWCD Board at your meeting on February 6, 2013. Read More...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Willamina School District writes multiple letters of support. Depicted is the letter to the Chairman of Polk SWCD. Read More...

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
DALLAS -- J.W. Millegan, the man behind the vision for a world-class equestrian center in Polk County, is doubling down. Jolene Guzman Read More...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
I am writing to thank you for your past support and interest in Wallace Bridge and ask that you support us again at the upcoming Polk Soil and Water Conservation meeting on February 6th 2013. Additionally, I would like to update you as to where we currently are with respect to our easement modification and our appeal of the denial by the NRCS (National Resources Conservation Service). Read More...

Thursday, January 10, 2013
Congratulations on your election as Chairperson. I look forward to working with you and the new Board discussing the Wallace Bridge WRP modification at your next Board meeting on February 6th at Murphy's Grill at 5:00 PM. Read More...

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
At today’s meeting the Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District Board votes unanimously to support the Wallace Bridge (WRP) Conservation Easement Modification Request. Final opinion is pending review of their support letter at their next regular scheduled meeting in February. Read More...

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
In preparation for an upcoming hearing with the USDA National Appeals Division, equestrian J.W. Millegan will visit both Yamhill and Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District board meeting today. Read More...

Monday, January 7, 2013
Critical Information regarding the next Yamhill and Polk County SWCD meetings. Read More...

Friday, January 4, 2013
Upload SWCD Presentation Read More...

Monday, December 31, 2012
I Scheduled a pre-hearing conference in the above-referenced case in accordance with the provision of Title & of the Code of Federal Regulations (7C.F.R.)% 11.8. After conference with Appellant and Agency, I determined that rescheduling the pre-hearing was in everyone's best interest. Read More...

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
NRCS brief denies rights to all subsequent property owners. And claims Millegan power of attorney was expired. Both claims are false and wrong. (The other 7 parts of the NRCS response available upon request.) Read More...

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Millegan posts Special Durable Power of Attorney Read More...

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Millegan posts latest Special Durable Power of Attorney. Read More...

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Wallace Bridge Requests the following under the Freedom of Information Act: 1. A complete list of each State and specific easement that has had a Conservation Easement Modification since the program was started. 2. In addition, all information on each of the easements modified including reports and findings. Read More...

Thursday, December 13, 2012
The Wallace Bridge Rare Plant Survey and Habitat Assessment Final Report was peer reviewed by Ed Alverson, a botanical consultant and former botanist for The Nature Conservancy. *Botanist's Resume Attached Read More...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Wallace Bridge is requiring that the NRCS give us 1 weeks written notice before coming out to the easement on Wallace Bridge. Read More...

Friday, December 7, 2012
The National Appeals Division (NAD) has received an appeal request concerning an adverse decision by Natural Resource Conservation Service (Agency). Wallace Bridge (Appellant)is appealing the Agency's adverse decision of October 22,2012. The Appellant's request for appeal was complete on December 4, 2012. Read More...

Monday, December 3, 2012
This is a peer review of the Carex Working Group report, "Wallace Bridge Rare Plant Survey and Habitat Assessment, Final Report", dated July 22 2012. *Botanist Resume Attached. Read More...

Thursday, November 29, 2012
Attached is Wallace Bridge’s appeal to the NRCS for the withholding of information not disclosed under our FOIA request. Under FOIA guidelines the NRCS is not allowed to withhold entire documents, they may redact portions of documents, but the documents must be released. The NRCS is well aware of the FOIA rules, and why they would choose not to obey these rules is appalling to me. Read More...

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
So to clarify, you are unwilling to place a registered Polk County voter and property tax payer on your agenda. Mr. Millegan wishes to discuss the failure of the NRCS’ to grant the Conservation Easement Modification and the Polk SWCD and Staff’s failure to support the Wallace Bridge Conservation Easement Modification. Read More...

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
JW Millegan filed an appeal last week against the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) against its decision to deny a request to modify a conservation easement on the property where he hopes to develop a world-class equestrian center. Read More...

Monday, November 19, 2012
This office represents J.W. Millegan. On his behalf, I hereby request an administrative appeal regarding an adverse decision issued by the Natural Resources Conservation Service dated October 22, 2012. Read More...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
It's back to the drawing board for J.W. Millegan and his proposed equestrian center at the intersection of Highways 22 and 18 in Polk County. Read More...

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) dealt the Wallace Bridge Equestrian Center project a potentially fatal blow this past week, but project head J.W. Millegan vows to punch back. Read More...

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Our client JW Millegan made a request to the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to modify the boundaries of an existing Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) easement for certain development purposes. Read More...

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Plans are in the works for Wallace Bridge Horse Park, to be located near Willamina, OR (west of Salem). Read More...

Saturday, October 27, 2012
The Federal Natural Resources Conservation service has rejected J.W. Millegan's bid for modification of a longstanding conservation easement. Read More...

Friday, October 26, 2012
I am requesting your assistance in dealing with a federal agency that "just doesn't get it". I am a stock broker with a passion for equestrian competition. I found property in Polk County that is perfect for the establishment of an international equestrian center. Read More...

Friday, October 26, 2012
As you know I have just received a letter from the NRCS denying the Wallace Bridge Easement Modification and I need your assistance in dealing with a federal agency that "just doesn't get it". Read More...

Friday, October 26, 2012
As you know I have just received a letter from the NRCS denying the Wallace Bridge Easement Modification and I need your assistance in dealing with a federal agency that "just doesn't get it". Read More...

Thursday, October 25, 2012
We have received your request to modify the boundaries of the existing Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) easement #66-0436-04-00171, submitted on July 31, 2012 and amended on August 1, 2012. Read More...

Thursday, October 25, 2012
We are requesting under the “Freedom of Information Act” all materials from May, 2012 to present be sent to us regarding any and all communication between the NRCS and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde where Wallace Bridge is mentioned. Read More...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Data backs visible trend in construction in construction industry: some companies are folding under pressure. Read More...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
As you know, I am quite frustrated with NRCS's easement modification process. The future of my proposed economic venture will be decided behind closed doors with no ability to discuss issues or provide additional information to support our request. Read More...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
I want you to know that I have taken your advice and pursued a "neutral" party review of the botanist's report that I had prepared in support of our request to modify the current configuration of the Wallace Bridge Wetland Reserve Program conservation easement. Read More...

Monday, October 22, 2012
As you know, I am trying to develop an international equestrian center very close to Spirit Mountain and other Grand Ronde Tribal investment in western Polk County Read More...

Monday, October 22, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012
JW Millegan – Assuming they grant out FOIA request we should have the governments report on Wallace Bridge by Friday November 9th (see attached emails). It is too bad I had to file a FOIA but it seems the only way I can get the NRCS to response. They have provided no guidance, feedback or even real site visits - sad way to deal with public resources. Read More...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
At the October 10,2012 Polk Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Board meeting the Polk SWCD Board of Directors voted 4 to 2 to support your right to build and manage the Wallace Bridge Equestrian Center in Polk County located at 8390 Old Wallace Bridge Road, Sheridan, Oregon. Read More...

Friday, October 12, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012
It has been more than 60 days since we submitted our request to modify the Wallace Bridge Conservation. We have heard nothing from the NRCS staff involved with making a decision on our request. Read More...

Monday, October 8, 2012
Wallace Bridge will not be attending your October 10th meeting. We are disappointed at the decision to support a "closed Process" as opposed to an engaged public process. Read More...

Friday, October 5, 2012
I have several questions that I need answered before the Yamhill County SWCD meeting on October 10th that I am attending along with my team. Read More...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
As an early and ongoing participant in the Wallace Bridge design team, we have seen J.W. Millegan’s vision grow into what now could become a truly world class equestrian facility. We are excited about the prospect of seeing an environmentally sensitive, architecturally authentic, state-of-the-art equestrian venue that could attract participants and spectators from all over the world. Read More...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
First, let me thank you for the opportunity to discuss the proposed Wallace Bridge Conservation easement modification that is currently being reviewed by the State NRCS Office in Portland. Read More...

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012
I have read and reviewed Mr. Millegan's information regarding his request for a modification conservation easement for the Wallace Bridge Project for an Equestrian Center. Read More...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Two letters to The Sun written in response to Karen O'Neill's letter to The Sun. Read More...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The Fern Eberhart Center in Sheridan would like to state their support for the Wallace Bridge Equestrian Center and is excited at the prospect that such an endeavor would bring to our local area in and around the West Valley. Read More...

Thursday, August 23, 2012
The Daily Journal of Commerce Article, Their correction and JW's comments regarding the article can be view after the jump. Read More...

Monday, August 20, 2012
Updated map dated 8/20/12 Read More...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Sheridan - J.W. Millegan knew he would find support for his planned equestrian facility proposed for a 325-acre site near Highway 22 and Highway 18. Read More...

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
An investment broker with a Salem history, J.W. Millegan, has begun in earnest an attempt to bring what he calls a first-class equestrian center to Polk County. Read More...

Friday, August 10, 2012
I recently attended a meeting at the proposed Wallace Bridge Equestrian Center site on August 3, 2012. At that meeting we learned about the request before the NRCS to modify the existing conservation easement on the property. Read More...

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The ambitious Wallace Bridge horse ranch/event center proposal got another airing at a presentation on Friday. Read More...

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
As Mayor of the City of Sheridan, Oregon, I have been authorized and instructed to express the general support of the Sheridan City Council for the proposed horse farm known as the Wallace Bridge Project. Read More...

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
The Northwest Pleasure Tennessee Walking Horse Association would like to state its support for Wallace Bridge, the international equine facility to be developed in this area. Read More...

Friday, August 3, 2012
Latest Concept Plan: Read More...

Thursday, August 2, 2012
Per the registered letter you received on July 30, NRCS will not attend the August 3 meeting at the Wallace Bridge Site. Your modification request is currently being reviewed and NRCS will be in contact as necessary. Read More...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Map of the vegetative Communities. Read More...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Enclosed is an additional map on the proposed modification of the Wallace Bridge WRP. The map shows the vegetation community of the modified easement by the Botanist. Read More...

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The proposed modification is clearly a win-win for the environment, the economy and the equestrian world. The modification protects and expands the protection of all critical species, adds more wetlands and more than triples protected stream habitat. Read More...

Monday, July 30, 2012
It is the intention of Carlton LLC to seek modification of an existing “permanent” conservation easement. The land proposed for inclusion into the Wallace Bridge WRP conservation easement was recognized as valuable by Tom Finegan, District Conservationist, who stated in his notes after an April 23, 2012 meeting with Carlton LLC the following: Read More...

Monday, July 30, 2012
I am writing on behalf of my constituent JW Millegan of Sheridan, OR. Today, Mr. Millegan contacted my office with concerns regarding NRCS's scheduled visit to the site of his proposed project, Wallace Bridge. Read More...

Monday, July 30, 2012
Enclosed is the final report by Carlton LLC to modify the Wallace Bridge Wetland Program Conservation Easement (66-0436-04-00171). Read More...

Friday, July 27, 2012
Thank you for your recent communication dated July 23, 2012 to my office regarding your plans for the Wallace Bridge property. I understand that you will be submitting a formal request for a modification of the Wallace Bridge Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) easement to the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) in Portland, OR in the near Future. Read More...

Friday, July 27, 2012
This letter is a follow-up concerning your draft modification request fro WRP easement number 66-0436-0400171 and your request that Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) staff attend a proposed site visit on August 3, 2012. Read More...

Friday, July 27, 2012
This letter is a follow-up concerning your draft modification request fro WRP easement number 66-0436-0400171 and your request that Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) staff attend a proposed site visit on August 3, 2012. Read More...

Thursday, July 26, 2012
Mary’s Peak Pony Club is the Corvallis area branch of the United States Pony Club. We would like to voice our support for the development of the Wallace Bridge equestrian facility. Read More...

Monday, July 23, 2012
Enclosed is a copy of the completed rare plant survey and habitat assessment for the Wallace Bridge property and the associated modification request. This is being forwarded to the NRCS in hopes that they will provide us with their comments. Read More...

Monday, July 23, 2012
Carlton LLC sent a letter on July 3, 2012 requesting within two weeks how the management practices at Wallace Bridge will be modified to include Carlton LLC in the participation and management activities on thee easement area. Read More...

Monday, July 23, 2012
Thanks for responding to Carlton LLC's July 20, 2012 request. It appears from your response that our request for easement modification specifics will be declined. Read More...

Monday, July 23, 2012
Enclosed is a copy of the completed rare plant survey and habitat assessment for the Wallace Bridge property and the associated modification request. Read More...

Monday, July 23, 2012
Enclosed is a copy of the completed rare plant survey and habitat assessment for the Wallace Bridge property and the associated modification request. According to the assessment steelhead which are undocumented, have potential of being in the unnamed creek on site which is a tributary of the Yamhill River. Read More...

Sunday, July 22, 2012
Introduction Carex Working Group (CWG) conducted rare plant surveys and habitat assessments on the Wallace Bridge property and two adjacent properties in the South Yamhill River watershed in northwestern Polk County, Oregon. Read More...

Friday, July 20, 2012
Okay, now you have told us the states that have easement modification - Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota and Oklahoma. Read More...

Friday, July 20, 2012
Thank you for providing the WRP material on the Wallace Bridge WRP. I found it very interesting and helpful. Read More...

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The Oregon Region of the United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is an organization for youth riders (and adult horse owners/riders through our new program called Horsemasters) with a current membership in Oregon and Southern Washington of 190 youth ranging from 6 to 25 years of age. Read More...

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
We are in receipt of your letter of July 13,2012. Thank you for your cooperation and providing for the first time the process and complete set of standards we need to meet. I do need some clarifications: Read More...

Monday, July 16, 2012
I appreciate that you are going to respond to our FOIA requests and are waiving costs. We need this information ASAP in order to complete our request for modification of the Wallace Bridge easement number 66-0436-04-00171 Read More...

Friday, July 13, 2012
The Wildwood Hotel and Restaurant in Willamina, Oregon would like to state its support for Wallace Bridge, the international equine facility to be developed in this area. Read More...

Friday, July 13, 2012
Thank you for forwarding the Power of Attorney for J.W. Millegan. NRCS received the document on June 29,2012. The POA allows NRCS to work directly with Mr. Millegan regarding the WRP modification request. Read More...

Thursday, July 12, 2012
I share Ms. Reingans' concern for protecting wetlands that is why I need to set the record straight. Read More...

Thursday, July 12, 2012
I share Ms. Reingans’ conservation concern, which is why I need to set the record straight. I have no intention of filling in any wetlands. Wallace Bridge is located near the intersection of Highways 18 and 22, which is not a recognized floodplain. Read More...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The Oregon Dressage Society, Inc. is a non-profit organization of riders and horse owners in Oregon and Southern Washington. Over the past several years, we have averaged 1125 members annually with our peak membership reaching almost 1300 members. Read More...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Following a presentation by J.W. Millegan on a proposal to build a world-class equestrian center near Wallace Bridge, the Willamina City Council voted unanimously to support the idea. Read More...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
In polling our Chamber members, a good cross section of people in the Valley, of those who responded, there was overwhelming support for the Wallace Bridge Project, the international equine center hoping to be developed here. Read More...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
With dozens of letters of support published online, it's beginning to appear that the only local entity against the Wallace Bridge Center is the City of Sheridan. Read More...

Friday, July 6, 2012
Thank you for the letter of June 5, 2012, to Suzanne Palmieri, Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary, on behalf of your constituents, Ms. Joleen Classen and Mr. JW Millegan. regarding a request for modification of the Wallace Bridge Wetlands Reserve Program easement. Read More...

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
We cordially invite you and the others at NRCS to attend a meeting at Wallace Bridge on July 19, 2012 at 2: 00 p.m. to review the proposed modification of the WRP conservation easement. We would like to show you the proposed modifications with the hopes of getting your input. Read More...

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Thanks for letting me know when you are going to be on site. I understand you had a Cultural Specialist on site to review placing logs in the stream valley. Read More...

Monday, July 2, 2012
It is our understanding that Carlton LLC has requested a modification to the Wallace Bridge conservation easement in order to permit the establishment of an international equine facility, a farm-related business, on a portion of the existing conservation easement. Read More...

Saturday, June 30, 2012
The Yellow Rose Riders would like to state our support for Wallace Bridge, the international equine facility to be developed in this area. Read More...

Friday, June 29, 2012
I discovered that a misstatement occurred in our letter to you, dated June 27, 2012. The letter claims that the NRCS is " misstating Federal Regulations". Upon further review, we have discovered that the NRCS did not actually misstate the Federal Regulations. Read More...

Thursday, June 28, 2012
I am writing on behalf of my constituent, J. W. Millegan of Sheridan, Oregon. Read More...

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Wallace Bridge is in the hunt for a qualified Marketing and Communication Specialist. Read More...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Local businessman and entrepreneur J.W. Millegan is seeking community support to overcome a conservation easement obstacle blocking his plans to create a world-class equestrian center southwest of Willamina. Read More...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Thanks for taking the time to assist Wallace Bridge with the NRCS. Wallace Bridge has the potential to provide a much needed economic boost and an international venue in the middle of the Congressman’s district while helping the environment. Read More...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Equestrian Center looks to move conservation easement Entrepreneur asks Sheridan council for support; leaves early By Marguerite Alexander Correspondent, The Sun Read More...

Monday, June 25, 2012
I am writing to clarify the role the Willamette Valley Refuge Complex's Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program (PFW) will have in future discussions concerning the Wallace Bridge property. Read More...

Friday, June 22, 2012
On Jan. 7, a feature titled “One in a Millegan” ran in Connections. It told the story of a self-made millionaire with an entrepreneurial bent and an irrepressible personality who was pursuing an ambitious dream on a strategically situated piece of property. Read More...

Friday, June 22, 2012
My name is Kelley Russell, President of Kelly Russell Auctions, LLC. Our passion is helping our clients make a difference in their communities. Read More...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The Willamina Coastal Hills Chamber of Commerce would like to state our support for Wallace Bridge, the international equine facility to be developed in this area. Read More...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
As a local licensed general contractor, living within a few miles and in the same county as the above referenced property, I would like to stat my support of the Wallace Bridge Project. Read More...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Coyote Joes Restaurant and myself, Rolly Heuser would like to state our support for Wallace Bridge, the international equine facility to be developed in this area. Read More...

Monday, June 18, 2012
The West Valley Restore Project would like to state its support for Wallace Bridge, the international equine facility to be developed in this area. Read More...

Sunday, June 17, 2012
Latest Masterplan For Wallace Bridge revision date 6/15/12 Read More...

Friday, June 15, 2012
I am writing to you on behalf of the Oregon Hunter Jumper Association and at the request of the developers of Wallace Bridge. Read More...

Friday, June 15, 2012
Carlton Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) is proposing modifications to the Wallace Bridge Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) located in Township 6 S, Range 6 W, Section 13 N and Township 6 S, Range 7 W, Section 18 N in Polk County, Oregon. Read More...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012
This office represents J.W. Millegan and Carlton, LLC. It is seeking to relocate a Conservation Easement located on property it controls. Read More...

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The triangle of land near the intersection of Highway 22 and Highway 18 in northwest Polk County is just farmland.It has nice views of the Coast Range, but it isn't something an average passerby would notice. Read More...

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
It is my assumption that your office has the heavy responsibility to protect and preserve those areas needing conservation. After living in Oregon for over 70 years and being a "rare" native myself, I have long ago absorbed the Oregon conservationist philosophy to protect and preserve. Read More...

Monday, June 11, 2012
This office represents JW Millegan and Wallace Bridge. The owner of the property is N&N Investments. Mr. Millegan and Wallace Bridge occupy and control the property pursuant to a Lease with option to Purchase Agreement. Read More...

Monday, June 11, 2012
We have received your letter and the attached enclosure describing your proposed modifications to the Wallace Bridge property enrolled in the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP). Read More...

Monday, June 11, 2012
We understand that Carlton LLC has requested a modification to the Wallace Bridge conservation easement in order to allow the establishment of an international equine facility on a portion of the existing conservation easement. Read More...

Friday, June 8, 2012
I received your letter dated May 30, 2012 following up on your initial inquiry regarding the potential for modifying the existing Wallace Bridge WRP easement. Read More...

Friday, June 8, 2012
As a resident, business person and property owner in the city of Willamina I would like to state my support for Wallace Bridge, The international equine facility to be developed in this area. Read More...

Friday, June 8, 2012
This letter is in response to presentations I have seen on the Wallace Bridge equine facility being developed in our local area. It is my understanding that this venue will provide many jobs, and other opportunities, for local residents and businesses, and these are things this valley needs desperately! Read More...

Thursday, June 7, 2012
We understand that Carlton LLC has requested a modification to the Wallace Bridge conservation easement in order to allow the establishment of an international equine facility on a portion of the existing conservation easement. Read More...

Thursday, June 7, 2012
I would like to express my support for Wallace Bridge, the international equine facility to be developed in this area. This venue, which is compatible with Oregon land use laws, will provide a very necessary economic boost to the area in terms of increased employment and contract opportunities. Read More...

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
As the owner of Harmony New Beginnings Animal Rescue in Sheridan, I would like to state my support for Wallace Bridge, The international equine facility to be developed in this area. Read More...

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
As pastor of the Willamina Free Methodist Church I would like to state my support for Wallace Bridge, the international equine facility to be developed in this area. This enterprise will bring an economic boost to our areas by providing jobs as well as bringing increased tourism to our community. Read More...

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The Willamina Improvement District would like to state our support for Wallace Bridge, the international equine facility to be developed in this area. This venue will provide a very necessary economic boost to the area in terms of increased employment opportunities and contract opportunities for local residents. Wallace Bridge will attract unique visitors with significant discretionary spending ability that will provide economic support for local goods and service providers. Read More...

Monday, June 4, 2012
Detailed list highlighting the economic and environmental advantages. Read More...

Monday, June 4, 2012
Wallace Bridge Site Location - A Simplified Map. Read More...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Thank you for your letter of May 16, 2012, which provided Wallace Bridge with the NRCS's initial reaction to our draft findings addressing the criteria for modifying the Wallace Bridge conservation easement. Read More...

Monday, May 21, 2012
Thank you for taking my this morning. I am enclosing a copy of the original easement, our draft proposal to relocate and the letter from the Oregon State Conservationist Ron Alvarado. Read More...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
We received your modification proposal to the Permanent WRP easement in Polk County. In your letter, you request an initial reaction to the proposal as well as suggestions to enhance its success of approval. Read More...

Monday, May 7, 2012
Carlton Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) is proposing modifications to the Wallace Bridge Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) located in Township 6 S, Range 6 W Section 13 N and Township 6 S, Range 7 W Section 18 N in Polk County, Oregon. A copy of the draft modification proposal is included with this correspondence. Read More...

Saturday, January 7, 2012
Stockbroker lays plans for equestrian resort on West Valley property. Read More...

Monday, January 1, 1900

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