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The Final Disposition of the Enchanted Valley Chalet/Environmental Assessment

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The National Park Service has released an environmental assessment (EA) for the final disposition of the Enchanted Valley Chalet for a 30-day public review and comment period starting on Thursday, July 2, 2020. This EA, which incorporates responses to comments received during the public scoping process in 2016, evaluates impacts of the proposed project on cultural and natural resources, wilderness character, and visitor use and experience.

During the public comment period, the National Park Service (NPS) will host one virtual public meeting where Olympic National Park staff will conduct a presentation on the EA followed by a question and answer session. The meeting will be held from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm PDT on Wednesday, July 15. See the newsletter, press release, or click on the link to "Meeting Notices" on the left of your screen for further information

The purpose of the project is to determine the final disposition of the Enchanted Valley Chalet, located 13 miles up the Quinault River from the Graves Creek Trailhead within the Daniel J. Evans Wilderness. The chalet rests on the active floodplain of the Quinault River.

In early 2014, the bank had come to within 18 inches of the chalet. At that time, the park prepared a concise EA for the "Temporary Relocation of the Enchanted Valley Chalet for the Protection of the East Fork Quinault River." In September 2014, the chalet was temporarily moved approximately 100 feet from the riverbank until a long-term decision could be reached through the National Environmental Policy Act and National Historic Preservation Act processes. The chalet currently remains on the steel I-beams that were used to move it and is closed to public and administrative use. The bank has once again eroded to within approximately 5 feet of the nearest corner of the chalet, and the nearest portion of the river channel is about 10 feet from the bank.

The EA analyzes three options which include a no action (current management) alternative, to dismantle and remove the Chalet, or relocate the Chalet to another location on the terrace. The NPS preferred alternative is to dismantle and remove the Chalet.

To review and comment on the EA, click the "Open for Comment" button on the left of your screen and follow the prompts. Please provide your substantive comments in the space provided. Substantive comments are those that 1) question, with reasonable basis, the accuracy of the information in the NEPA document; 2) question, with reasonable basis, the adequacy of the environmental analysis; 3) present reasonable alternatives other than those presented in the NEPA document (please be sure to read through all the alternatives, including those "considered but dismissed" prior to commenting), or; 4) cause changes or revisions in the proposal. Please provide rational explanations. The comment process is not a voting process - we're not looking for which alternative gets the greatest number of votes, we're looking for substantive comments only.

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