Plan to save Enchanted Valley Chalet open for public comment
The National Park Service submitted an emergency action to temporarily relocate the Enchanted Valley Chalet.
The National Park Service has released an environmental assessment (EA) entitled, “Emergency Action to Temporarily Relocate the Enchanted Valley Chalet for the Protection of the East Fork Quinault River” and they are looking for public comment. The EA analyzes the potential impacts of moving the Chalet away from its current location as it is undercut by the East Fork Quinault River.
The goal is to protect the East Fork Quinault River from imminent environmental harm, while providing additional time for more thorough planning and public review about the area’s future. The expedited process will facilitate the temporary relocation of the chalet this summer, before autumn rains and high river flows return.
The NPS proposes moving the chalet approximately 50-100 feet from the bank of the Quinault River and dismantle and remove the remaining foundation. This would temporarily prevent the collapse of the chalet into the river due to channel migration, and allow time to determine a plan for the building.
The proposed action would require approximately 1 week and “a team of skilled professionals (such as a professional house mover, and a team of four to six skilled labors), pack stock and type 3 helicopter support, and sufficient personnel to provide for visitor and resource protection in the area during the project period.”
The plan involves using helicopters transporting equipment in and materials out of the Enchanted Valley.
Alternatives are being considered, but not analyzed futher, including allowing nature to undercut the Chalet and remove it only when it has irreparable damage; manipulating the river’s channel to push it away from the Chalet; permanently moving the building; or holding a controlled burn to eliminate the Chalet entirely.
Comments will be accepted through Thursday, June 5 through the National Park website here.