Mount Rainier National Park Seeks Public Review of Camp Muir Rehabilitation Plan Environmental Assessment

DATE: 7/27/12

For Immediate Release-_
Karen Thompson, Environmental Protection Specialist, 360-569-6507-_-_
Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Randy King has announced that an environmental assessment (EA) has been prepared for the Camp Muir
Rehabilitation Plan. The analysis provided in the EA considers potential
impacts and benefits of proposed alternatives intended to rehabilitate the
Camp Muir Historic District, which is located in Mount Rainier National
Park. Historic structures would be retained, and non-historic structures
would be replaced or removed. The functions of structures would be
optimized to improve visitor and employee safety while protecting natural
resources, adjacent Wilderness, and the National Historic Landmark

Camp Muir is the primary base camp for west-side ascents to the summit of
Mount Rainier. The annual number of climbers has ranged from approximately
9,000 to 11,000 since 2001, with as many as 500 climbers and day hikers
visiting Camp Muir per day during peak months of July and August. The
popularity of Camp Muir and extreme environmental conditions contribute to
the deterioration of structures and challenge park managers in their
efforts to maintain the site and protect resources.

Four alternatives were analyzed in this EA: Alternative 1 (No Action);
Alternative 2; representing minimum development in which structures that
are not historic would be removed, Alternative 3, in which non-historic
structures are replaced with new structures compatible with the Historic
District near their current locations; and Alternative 4, which also
replaces non-historic structures with new compatible structures, but with a
modified spatial arrangement.

The park is inviting comments from individuals, organizations and other agencies, and is holding three public meetings, which will be held August 1
at REI in Seattle; August 9 in Ashford at the Tahoma Woods
Education Center located at the park’s headquarters (55210 238th Avenue E.) and in Tacoma the week of August 6 (location to be determined). Meetings will begin at 6:00 p.m. Please check the website below for the dates,
times and venues. The EA is available electronically at
http: / / /muirea< /a> where you may post your comments. You may also mail comments to: Superintendent, Mount Rainier National Park, 55210 238th Ave. E., Ashford, Washington, 98304. Please provide comments
no later than September 10, 2012.

Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other
personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that
your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be
made publicly available at any time. Although you can ask us in your
comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public
review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

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