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ONP seeks review, comments on rehabilitating Boulder Creek trail

Olympic National Park invites the public to review and comment on an environmental assessment for rehabilitating the Boulder Creek trail and former automobile campground.

The assessment has been posted at http://parkplanning.nps.gov and evaluates four alternatives to restore 2.2 miles of the old Boulder Creek Road to a trail by removing asphalt, improving stream crossings, and restoring and rehabilitating the Boulder Creek campground.

Boulder Creek Road was built in the early 1900s and provided vehicle access to the former Olympic Hot Springs Resort and automobile campground. It was closed to vehicles in 1982 because of slope failure and serious erosion.

Since then, the trail has remained a popular hiking route for visitors to Olympic Hot Springs and for wilderness hikes. The old road has deteriorated considerably, however. Several culverts have been washed out or plugged with debris and sections of asphalt have been washed away.

The park is considering several alternatives to enhance the safety and use of the trail and campground. Objectives for this proposal include:

_ Restoring the trail to an unpaved multi-use foot and stock trail

_ Rehabilitating the Boulder Creek campground

_ Protecting cultural resources at the campground

_ Providing drainage and sediment control along the trail to protect waterways and aquatic resources

_ Enhancing the parking area, providing a turnaround for stock use

_ Providing safe stream crossings for pedestrians and stock users.

Comments should be submitted online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov, the Web site for the National Park Service's planning environment and public comment system.



Comments may be sent by Jan. 6 to:

Superintendent - Boulder Creek EA

Olympic National Park

600 E. Park Ave.

Port Angeles, WA 98362

Fax: 565-3015

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.

For more information about this project, people may visit http://park planning.nps.gov or call 565-3004.

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