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PostSun Apr 06, 2014 8:13 pm 
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2014 March

"An Olympic National Park crew recently returned from Enchanted Valley, where they assessed and documented the chalet’s condition and removed equipment, supplies and hazardous materials. The building’s windows were also removed to both prevent glass from impacting the river and downstream natural resources and to preserve elements of the historic building." NPS press release, March 24.

NPS proposes "deconstruction" of the Chalet in a draft Memorandum of Understanding which Dr. Allyson Brooks, state historic preservation officer, refuses to sign.  The Daily World, April 17.

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation records this video with retired Park staff and volunteers

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2014 April

Olympic National Park News Release   
April 18, 2014
For Immediate Release

Expedited Environmental Analysis Underway for Short-Term Action at Enchanted Valley
Long-term Options to be Examined in Second, Follow-up Analysis

Olympic National Park staff is preparing an expedited and concise environmental assessment (EA) that will examine a short-term action to protect the natural resources of the Quinault River.  The EA will be released for an expedited public comment period within the next few weeks.

This EA will analyze potential impacts of moving the Enchanted Valley Chalet a short distance away from its current location where it is being undercut by the East Fork Quinault River.  Moving the chalet a short distance is designed to protect the river and instream natural resources from immediate harm and will provide additional time to develop a plan that will address the long-term future of the historic building.

Moving the chalet will not provide long-term protection of either the building or the area’s natural or wilderness resources.  Potential long-term solutions will be examined in a second and more typical analysis, which will include several alternatives and additional public comment opportunities. 

“The National Park Service is charged with protecting all of Olympic National Park’s priceless resources, from historic structures like the chalet to bull trout, a federally listed threatened  species that lives in the East Fork Quinault, to the unique and irreplaceable character of the Olympic Wilderness,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. 

“Taking a two-step approach to the evolving situation in Enchanted Valley allows us to address immediate resource protection needs while allowing more time to find a feasible solution that protects park resources into the future,” she remarked.

The Enchanted Valley Chalet is located 13 miles from the nearest road, deep within the Olympic Wilderness.  The chalet was constructed by Quinault Valley residents in the early 1930s, prior to establishment of Olympic National Park.  The chalet served for several decades as a backcountry lodge and more recently, as a wilderness ranger station and emergency shelter.  The chalet was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.   

Photos shared by park visitors in early January showed that the main channel of the East Fork Quinault River had migrated to within 18 inches of the 1930s-era chalet.  This winter’s storms and high flows have resulted in the Quinault’s main channel continuing to shift by at least 15 feet in the past four months.   Recent photographs show that the river has undercut the building by approximately eight feet.

Migration of the East Fork Quinault’s channel is common in the loose, unconsolidated soils of Enchanted Valley.  Storms, fallen trees, rockslides and simply the constant process of erosion can all cause the river to shift and carve a new channel.

“We appreciate the technical insights, information and photographs shared by private citizens, along with the many offers of assistance we have received from interested groups and individuals,” said Creachbaum.  Over the past weeks, park staff has had numerous conversations with concerned citizens and partners which have helped inform the decision-making process.

-NPS-

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2014 May 7 Enchanted Valley Chalet named to 2014 list of endangered historic properties

"The Enchanted Valley Chalet, imperiled by erosion of the East Fork Quinault River, leads the list of structures named to the 2014 Most Endangered Properties list released by the non-profit Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.

"The fate of the chalet is in the hands of the Olympic National Park and its future remains uncertain.  The chalet is also on the National Register of Historic Places and proponents of historic preservation, hikers and other citizens group want to save it, preferable by moving it within the valley.  'Advocates hope the building can be safely relocated within the valley away from the river, noting that if the chalet were removed from the Enchanted Valley all together, it would lose much of its historic significance', trust executive director Chris Moore said."  Link

2014 May 21 Temporary Relocation of the Enchanted Valley Chalet for the Protection of the East Fork Quinault River Environmental Assessment is released for 14-day public comment.  "The proposed action is to temporarily move the chalet approximately 50-100 feet from the bank of the Quinault River..."

2014 July 25  Finding of No Significant Impact signed, approving the EA.  Of the 182 written public comments, 91% support the proposed action, with 7% against.

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2014 summer - Newspaper articles:

July 28: Assessment: Olympic National Park's Enchanted Valley Chalet can be moved out of danger

July 29: Olympic National Park, Carlsborg company to move threatened Enchanted Valley Chalet by start of September

August 24: The old-fashioned way - Mules to move Enchanted Valley Chalet

August 31: How do you save a wilderness chalet? Start with mules to pack in gear

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PostTue Apr 08, 2014 7:30 pm 
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RodF wrote:
2014 summer

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2014 Summer- The government has striped what they want from the chalet(like antique glass made from sand) and leave it to hopefully be trashed by the public or to fall into the river.

2015 Summer- Nobody can or wants to save the chalet with it's new outcome and problems.
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Tarzan wrote:
2014 Summer- The government has striped what they want from the chalet(like antique glass made from sand) and leave it to hopefully be trashed by the public or to fall into the river.

2015 Summer- Nobody can or wants to save the chalet with it's new outcome and problems.

Sorry Tarzan, overwhelming support to save the chalet and there is no problem.
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PostSat Jul 16, 2016 3:45 am 
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An excellent summary of Enchanted Valley Chalet's history is Charlotte Helmer's Historic American Building Survey Level II draft report, available at this link.

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