Rock Island Trail
In 2015 the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) approved conversion of the Rock Island rail corridor into a recreational trail pending execution of an agreement between Ameren and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) or another trail sponsor. DNR plans to hold public meetings along the corridor in fall 2018.
In 2014 MOFB submitted comments to the STB opposing the proposed rails-to-trails conversion, urging the STB to conduct public hearings and requesting no decision be made without public hearings. Although the STB denied our request, five informational meetings hosted by local legislators and county Farm Bureau leaders drew several hundred attendees in 2015 and 2016. In 2017 MOFB submitted comments to the STB’s Regulatory Reform Task Force urging changes to the rails-to-trails review process.
During salvage operations, MOFB coordinated communication with Ameren to address trespass and fencing issues affecting adjoining landowners. MOFB supported legislation enacted in 2018 to require DNR to provide fencing for landowners if the proposed trail is built as a state park.