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PostWed Jul 03, 2019 7:20 pm 
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From the Forest Service:

Rainbow and Swift Creek Crossings - Scoping Bulletin
Proposed Action

The Forest Service proposes to improve safety, trail connectivity and overall sustainability of a section of the PNT that crosses fast moving, high volume, Rainbow and Swift Creeks. At this time we are exploring and analyzing two different crossing methods, a bridge system or a cable car system. Each system will vary in regard to its components, the way they attach to the existing landscape, in cost and in environmental impacts. In conjunction with these crossings there will be about one mile of new trail construction connecting the crossings to the existing

Swift Creek Trail.
The other crossing will be built on the Wilderness boundary and the one mile of new trail falls outside of the Wilderness boundary and we anticipate using power tools and equipment to construct this new trail.

Purpose and Need
An increasing number of through hikers are having trouble finding a safe place to ford these creeks. The purpose of this effort is to provide safe and sustainable crossings across Rainbow and Swift Creeks along the Swift Creek Trail for hikers. Current trail connectivity is unsafe.

Location
The project is located north and northwest of the Baker Lake within the Mt. Baker Ranger District of the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest. Legal Location Descriptions: Township 38 North, Range 9 East Section 17, 18, 19 & 20.

NEPA Documentation
Pursuant to the regulations at 36 CFR 220.6, this project is expected to be categorically excluded from documentation in an Environmental Assessment or Environmental Impact Statement. There are no known extraordinary circumstances related to the proposed action and it fits within the following category:

- 36 CFR 220.6(a)(1): Construction and reconstruction of trails.

How to Comment
Electronic comments are preferred and should be submitted with the following subject line, “Rainbow and Swift Creek Crossings Project”, and as part of the actual e-mail message, or in another readable format such as plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), .pdf, or Word (.doc or .docx) to: comments-pacificnorthwest-mtbaker-snoqualmie-mtbaker@fs.fed.us

Written comments should be mailed or dropped off in person at the Mt. Baker Ranger District, 810 SR 20, Sedro Woolley, WA 98284.

Please address your comments to the responsible official, District Ranger, Erin Uloth. Office hours for submitting hand-delivered comments are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Comments received, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the project record and available for public review. Comments would be most helpful if received by August 4, 2019. For more information please contact Rourke McDermott at 360-854-2611.
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PostWed Jul 03, 2019 7:53 pm 
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also posted HERE 07/03/19

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