October 12, 2010
Charles Beall, 360-854-7302
Stehekin: October 19
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Golden West Visitor Center
Wenatchee: October 20
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Supervisor’s Office
215 Melody Lane
Seattle: October 21
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
319 Second Avenue South
The National Park Service invites you to share your comments on the Draft Stehekin River Corridor Implementation Plan Environmental Impact Statement by attending one of three public meetings. Join members of the planning team and the park superintendent – in Stehekin on October 19, Wenatchee on October 20, and Seattle on October 21 – to discuss your ideas, thoughts, and concerns regarding this draft plan.
Comments can also be made on-line at http://www.nps.gov/noca/parkmgmt/srcip.htm and you can access an Executive Summary, Frequently Asked Questions, supporting documents, and the complete Draft Stehekin River Corridor Implementation Plan Environmental Impact Statement from this site. Comments must be submitted by December 13.
In response to the record floods of 1995, 2003 and 2006, the National Park Service has developed the Draft Stehekin River Corridor Implementation Plan Environmental Impact Statement to address, in a comprehensive way, the steps needed to continue to implement the 1995 Lake Chelan National Recreation Area General Management Plan. The goals in creating this plan are to provide high-quality recreational experiences, protect natural and cultural resources, support the private community of Stehekin, and establish sustainable administrative facilities.
Major elements of the preferred alternative of the Draft Stehekin River Corridor Implementation Plan Environmental Impact Statement include the relocation of about two miles of the Stehekin Valley Road around flood-prone McGregor Meadows, a change to large wood management at the river mouth, and a revision of the 1995 Land Protection Plan to update priorities for land protection and federal land available for exchange. The preferred alternative would also make several new recreational opportunities available to the public, including a new raft take-out at the river mouth, a new campground at Rainbow Falls, and a Lower Valley Trail to connect the Stehekin Landing to High Bridge. Other important elements of the preferred alternative are carried forward from the 1995 Lake Chelan National Recreation Area General Management Plan, including a move of the NPS maintenance facility and some NPS housing on Company Creek Road out of the floodplain.