Olympic National Park is preparing an environmental assessment (EA) to be released later this year that will evaluate the alternatives and environmental effects from the replacement of the Griff Creek barrier culvert.

Public scoping is currently underway for this project. The primary goal of scoping for a project is to determine the range of issues and alternatives to be addressed. At the time of scoping, the park provides a description of the project proposal, including a statement of the purpose of and need for the project and a list of project goals. The public is asked to submit comments, concerns, and suggestions relating to these goals.

The most useful types of scoping comments consider the following:
• Alternative approaches and ideas for accomplishing the project goals
• The range of environmental and socioeconomic issues that need to be considered
• Other potential projects that might affect or be affected by this project
• Information that needs to be considered (such as related research) and why
• Information on how you use the park and how a project might affect that use

* indicates the current step in the planning process
Step 1. Identify need for the project
Step 2. Internal scoping with park staff
Step 3. 30-day public scoping *
Step 4. Evaluate scoping comments
Step 5. Identify alternatives and issues
Step 6. Prepare environmental assessment
Step 7. Select preferred alternative
Step 8. 30-day public review of environmental assessment
Step 9. Analyze public comments
Step 10. Prepare final decision document
Step 11. Decision document signed
Step 12. Public notified of decision
Step 13. Project implemented

Commenters should be aware that their entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While commenters can ask that their personal identifying information be withheld from public review, the NPS cannot guarantee that this will be possible.