Footbridge construction within Great Falls Hiking Trail Network
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park staff will undertake trail repairs along the Valley, Ford Mine, Billy Goat Section C trails. Trail work will address deteriorated footbridge crossings. These new structures will enhance the trails and provide for a better visitor experience, while helping to protect wetland and waterways from human impact.
The Student Conservation Corps (SCA)will assist park staff with this project. The project is expected to be completed by September 2006.
The park's Interdisciplinary Team reviewed the project for impacts to natural and cultural resources. The project does not pose any serious or long-term effects to the environmental, historical, cultural, archeological, or visual resources. It meets categorical exclusion #C.4 – Routine maintenance and repairs to cultural resources sites, structures, utilities, and grounds if the action falls under an approved Historic Structures Preservation Guide or Cyclic Maintenance Guide, or if the action would not adversely affect the cultural resource.
The project also meets the National Historic Preservation Act/Section 106 Programmatic Agreement, Exclusion #IV.B 9 – Rehabilitation work limited to actions for retaining and preserving, protecting and maintaining, and repairing and replacing in kind materials and features, consistent with the Secretary of Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and the accompanying guidelines.
For further information about this project, please contact Trail Coordinator, at 1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100, Hagerstown, MD 21740.