The Ferry County Rail Trail is a 25-mile multi-use, nonmotorized trail along a former rail line that connects four towns and follows miles of waterfront on Curlew Lake and the Kettle River.
Bob Whittaker, president of FCRTP, has been friends with Vedder since their childhood together in Seattle. Vedder has supported the rail trail in the past by donating autographed items to auctions to raise money for the trail.
Vedder asked that the donation be made in the name of Chris McCandless, a modern adventurer who was the subject of the award-winning book and movie "Into the Wild". He said the donation also is in recognition of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and their ancestors who have walked this valley for thousands of years.