Public Scoping Comments Sought on Proposed Land Exchange in Apgar Village
Contact: Amy Vanderbilt, 406 888-5838
Contact: Wade Muehlhof, 406 888-7895
WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Officials at Glacier National Park are seeking comments to help in the preparation of an environmental assessment (EA) for a proposed land exchange in Apgar Village to resolve a property issue and establish a formal right-of-way for a sewer line.
A land survey of Apgar in 2002 revealed that two Apgar Village Lodge cabins owned by a private landowner are on National Park Service (NPS) land. The land had once been part of the same tract as the Apgar Village Lodge, but when the lodge was sold to the NPS in 1958, two privately-owned cabins were never removed. A privately-owned water treatment shed and portions of another cabin also remained on the NPS property.
The Belton Mercantile Inc. has offered to trade a parcel of land located alongside McDonald Creek in exchange for the land with the Apgar Village Lodge structures. Additionally, in 1974 the NPS installed a sewer line across the Apgar Village Lodge property that services Apgar Village, Fish Creek Campground and Grist Road residences. A formal right-of-way has never been recorded.
Alternatives identified to date include 1) no action, 2) removal of the structures located on NPS land, 3) NPS purchase of the structures, 4) and a land exchange and recording of a 25-foot-wide right-of-way for the NPS sewer line.
Scoping is an early and open process which occurs at the beginning of the planning process to provide the public an opportunity to give input, ideas and express concerns prior to the development of the analysis. Scoping comments are used to identify issues and alternatives that should be addressed in the EA. Once the EA has been written, the public will be provided the opportunity to review and provide comments.
Public comments can be provided directly through the NPS’s planning website. Go to http://parkplanning.nps.gov/glac and select this project. Written comments can also be mailed to: Superintendent, Glacier National Park, Attention: Apgar Land Exchange P.O. Box 128, West Glacier, MT 59936. Comments are due by Friday, August 6, 2010.
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