Culvert Replacement In Tahuya State Forest

Will affect recreation access week of September 16 - Elfendahl Pass staging area will be inaccessible during construction

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will replace a culvert on Elfendahl Pass Road, blocking access to Elfendahl Pass staging area and trailhead the week of September 16. The project is expected to be completed by Friday, September 20.

Who:      DNR Engineering, Northwest Region

What:     Culvert replacement

When:    Beginning the week of Monday, September 16, through Friday, September 20

Where:   Elfendahl Pass Road; blocking access to Elfendahl Pass staging area and trailhead

Why:      The existing culvert blocks fish passage. Old culverts and other barriers in fish-bearing streams, such as dams and spillways, can block fish such as salmon from reaching their spawning grounds and other important habitats. A major key to restoring fish populations is removing these barriers or replacing barriers with structures that allow for fish passage. Since 2002, DNR has been removing barriers, addressing the worst ones first.

Alternate trail access:
The Elfendahl Pass staging area and trailhead is a major access point to Tahuya State Forest’s motorized and non-motorized use trail system. This area and the adjacent parking lot will be inaccessible during road construction. Users are encouraged to access trails by Mission Creek Trailhead off of Belfair Tahuya Road.

View a map of the affected area here: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/eng_tahuya_both.pdf

September 11, 2013/DNR Press Release