JUNE 2022: The project team has been working to develop preliminary trail route options and an evaluation process to assess each alternative. Tribal representatives, regulatory agencies, and other key stakeholders recently convened to review and provide input on the evaluation process, criteria, and initial alternatives. Over the next several weeks, the team will work to incorporate feedback and refine the alternatives.
FEBRUARY 2022: The project team completed an on-the-ground geotechnical and ecological assessment of the project area from Cascade Junction to Carbonado, documenting ownership gaps and trail conditions. This assessment was shared with tribal representatives, regulatory agencies, and other key stakeholders in early 2022 and facilitated a preliminary discussion of trail routing, cost, constructability considerations, and permitting challenges. Given the feedback we heard and the complex conditions, the project will next evaluate options that would avoid some of the most ecologically fragile, unstable, or difficult to permit areas.
To read more on either the existing conditions or the project team recommendations, please check out the resources below.