Assessment: Olympic National Park's Enchanted Valley Chalet can be moved out of danger
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The Enchanted Valley Chalet teeters on the eroding bank of the Quinault River in Olympic National Park in April.
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The underside of the Enchanted Valley Chalet has been exposed by the eroding bank of the Quinault River in Olympic National Park.

Peninsula Daily News

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — An environmental assessment for Olympic National Park's effort to protect the East Fork Quinault River by temporarily relocating the Enchanted Valley Chalet has been released, and it has found no significant impact attached to the project.

With the assessment completed and the “No Significant Impact” finding, park staff can move forward with the proposed action before autumn rains begin, park officials announced in a Monday news release.

The assessment analyzed potential impacts of moving the historic Enchanted Valley Chalet a short distance away from its current location where it is being undercut by the East Fork Quinault River.

“To avoid immediate environmental harm to the East Fork Quinault River and risks to threatened bulltrout and other aquatic resources, it is imperative that the chalet be moved away from the river bank before the fall rains begin,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum.

“A second and more extensive planning and public review process will begin later this year, and will examine options for long-term disposition of the historic chalet.”

Details about how and when the chalet will be moved will be released as soon as they are available.

Both the assessment and other supporting documents are available for review at www.parkplanning.nps.gov/EVCEA.

Last modified: July 28. 2014 6:24PM
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