House Mover To Save Olympic National Park Chalet
UPDATE: August 16 - An historic Olympic National Park lodge teetering on the edge of the Quinault River should be moved next month before it falls into the water. The park has awarded a $124,000 contract to the Monroe House Moving company of Carlsborg to move the Enchanted Valley Chalet to safer ground.
The Peninsula Daily News reports most materials will be packed in by mule because the site is in a wilderness area. The park service will provide a helicopter for big equipment. The chalet is located 13 miles from the nearest road. It was built as a backcountry lodge in the 1930s, before the creation of the park. More recently, it has been used as a wilderness ranger station and emergency shelter. PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) – August 16, 2014
Previous Story July 29:
Olympic National Park says it's moving forward with a plan to move a historic chalet that's being threatened by the shifting east fork of the Quinault River. The Enchanted Valley Chalet, located 13 miles from the nearest road, was built as a backcountry lodge in the 1930s, before the creation of the park.
More recently, it has been used as a wilderness ranger station and emergency shelter.
Visitors last winter noticed the river had come within 18 inches of the chalet, and recent photographs show the river undercutting the building by about 8 feet. Park Service officials said Monday that an expedited environmental review has been completed, giving them the green light to move the building. They're worried that if the chalet falls into the river it could harm protected bull trout.
Plans call for moving it away from the river bank before fall rains begin, and then undertaking a more complete study and public review to figure out what to do with the structure long-term.
Officials said they do not yet have details about how and when they will move the chalet.
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) – July 29, 2014
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