April 12, 2016 April 12, 2016

West side trails EA Pinnacles National Park Public meeting

Pinnacles NP West Side Trails EA Available For Public Review

Pinnacles National Park has completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the construction of two new trails from the West Side Visitor Contact Station (VCS).  The EA is available for public review and comment until April 30, 2016.  We welcome your input on the project and the environmental analysis.  All comments are due by April 30, 2016.  
A public meeting on the project will be held on Monday, April 11, 2016 at the Soledad City Council Chambers, 248 Main Street, Soledad, CA. There will be an opportunity to talk informally with park staff from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.  A presentation will begin at 6:00 p.m.   
The proposed action is to construct an accessible trail at the VCS and construct a second trail that connects the VCS to trailheads located at the Chaparral Day Use Area.  The project is needed because there are currently no trails in the vicinity of the recently built VCS, which detracts from the visitor experience and results in resource damage. Additionally, there are limited opportunities for an accessible visitor experience.  Providing an accessible trail with informational panels will open up the visual, cultural and natural resources to those unable to negotiate the more strenuous park trails.   
You may review and comment on the EA online at   The attached newsletter provides a summary of the project, and is also available on the website.  Hard copies of the EA are available for review at Soledad Branch Library, King City Library, and San Benito County Library and the park visitor centers.  You may also request a copy by calling (831) 389-4286.
Comments may also be submitted by mail to: National Park Service, Attn: Karen Cantwell, Pinnacles West Side Trail Project, 333 Bush Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, CA 94104-2828.
For more information, please contact Karen Beppler-Dorn, Superintendent at (831) 389-4486, ext. 233 or [email protected]; Debbie Simmons, Facility Manager at (831) 389-4286 or at [email protected]; or view the project web site at
Thank you, 
Pinnacles National Park

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