The Enchanted Valley chalet rests on steel beams during work to push the structure back from the banks of the Quinault River in September 2014. Photo courtesy of National Park Service

The Enchanted Valley chalet rests on steel beams during work to push the structure back from the banks of the Quinault River in September 2014. Photo courtesy of National Park Service

National Park Service mulls future of Enchanted Valley Chalet

The National Park Service on July 2 released an environmental assessment for the final disposition of the Enchanted Valley Chalet for a 30-day public review and comment period.

Located 13 miles up the Quinault River from the Graves Creek Trailhead, the chalet rests on the active floodplain of the Quinault River. Erosion threatens the structure. 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.

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 about 5 feet of the nearest corner of the chalet, and the nearest portion of the river channel is about 10 feet from the bank.

During the public comment period, the park services will host a virtual public meeting from 5-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15. During this meeting, Olympic National Park staff will conduct a presentation on the assessment, followed by a question-and-answer session. Access the meeting at tinyurl.com/yamsrrqk (event/ID number 199 948 4882, password Chal3t!).

The assessment is available on the project planning website at parkplanning.nps.gov/ONPEVCEA2. Comments will be accepted through Sunday, Aug. 2.

For more information or assistance accessing the meeting, email to OLYM_Superintendent@nps.gov or call 360-565-3005.

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