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PostThu Aug 10, 2023 12:52 pm 
Thursday August 10, 2023 12:27 PDT Scoping Notice - Pine Creek Trail Extension, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, proposes to construct 1-mile of new trail to connect the east end of the Pine Creek/Jack Pine Trail (#216C) to the Muddy River Lahar area. A project description and map of the proposed trail are available in the attached scoping letter. Comments on this proposal are welcome. Please provide comments by August 28, 2023. Comments can be directed to: Whitney Reynier, South Zone Interdisciplinary Team Leader Mailing Address: 2455 Hwy 141, Trout Lake, WA 98650 Email: whitney.reynier@usda.gov Phone: 509-395-3425 Questions about the proposal can be directed to Diane Bedell, Mount St. Helens Recreation Program Manager Email: diane.bedell@usda.gov Phone: 360-869-8211 Thank you for your interest in management of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. -GPNF-

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PostThu Aug 10, 2023 2:23 pm 
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A project description and map of the proposed trail are available in the attached scoping letter.
Anyone have a link to this? Unable to find it anywhere online.

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PostThu Aug 10, 2023 9:23 pm 
Dear Interested Citizens: The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Gifford Pinchot National Forest seeks your input regarding the proposed construction of a 1-mile segment of new trail. Your comments may aid in the identification of issues and/or mitigations associated with this project. The proposed project is described below. Purpose and Need The Forest Road 83 corridor, located on Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, contains two concentrated areas of trails, the Ape Canyon/Lava Canyon area, and the Marble Mountain Winter Trail system. These two systems have never been formally connected, despite their proximity. The purpose of this project is to make improvements necessary to improve recreational user experiences and effectively manage resource impacts associated with an existing user-created trail. Proposed Action The Forest Service proposes to construct 1 mile of new trail, extending from the east end of the Pine Creek/Jack Pine Trail (#216C) to the Muddy River Lahar area (Figure 1), which would allow users to connect to the Ape Canyon Trailhead. The trail would follow an existing user-created trail where appropriate, with minor re-routes to minimize existing resource impacts. The trail would be open to non-motorized use, including hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. A trail corridor 8 to 10 feet wide would be cut, removing mostly young conifers that have regenerated since the 1980 lahar. Young trees less than 10 inches in diameter may be removed via chainsaw or handsaw during construction and cut material will be dispersed throughout the area. Hand tools and a compact excavator would be used to establish a trail bench where necessary. The project area is relatively flat, with a net elevation gain of roughly 250 feet, so it is not anticipated that large amount of trail bench will need to be constructed. An interdisciplinary team will, as needed, continue to further refine the proposal and develop mitigations to minimize and avoid impacts on the environment. Trail construction could begin as early as Fall 2023 pending interdisciplinary team review. Categorical Exclusion Preparation of a detailed Environmental Analysis is not required for this project. The proposal will be analyzed and documented in a Decision Memorandum per categorical exclusion 36 CFR 220.6(e)(1) Construction and reconstruction of trails. Figure 1. Map of proposed new 1-mile section of trail designed to connect Pine Creek Trail/Jack Pine Trail (#216C) with the Muddy River Lahar area.

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