Public Invited to Review and Comment on Spruce Railroad Trail Expansion and Improvement Proposal
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
Contact: Dave Reynolds, 360-457-0715
The Spruce Railroad Trail Expansion and Improvement Environmental Assessment (SRRT EA) was released today and is available for public review and comment.
The purpose of this project is to improve the historic Spruce Railroad grade within Olympic National Park, as a non-motorized, multipurpose trail as identified in the GMP and LCMP. This includes the existing Spruce Railroad Trail.
This project is being developed in accordance with the Draft Final Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas (Access Board, 2009). These guidelines apply to Federal land management agencies and also apply to the non-federal entities that construct or alter facilities on Federal lands on behalf of the Federal government.
This environmental assessment describes and analyzes four alternatives for expanding and improving the Spruce Railroad Trail: Alternative 1: No Action, Alternative 2: Recreation Trail Emphasis, Alternative 3: NPS Preferred, and Alternative 4: Clallam County Proposal.
Alternative 1 was identified as the environmentally preferred alternative. Alternative 3 was identified as the NPS preferred alternative as being the alternative that best achieves the Purpose and Need for taking action while avoiding or minimizing adverse effects to park resources and values.
Alternative 4 was submitted by Clallam County as their proposal to continue development of the regional trail system known as the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) within Olympic National Park (OLYM). The ODT, when complete, is proposed to stretch approximately 140 miles across the north Olympic Peninsula from Port Townsend to LaPush crossing numerous jurisdictions including the NPS. The County proposes to construct the trail to meet American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) guidelines for the development of bicycle facilities.