Equestrian Group Camp and Parking Area

Pend Oreille County Parks and Recreation will be installing an Equestrian Group Camp and Parking Area within the Pend Oreille County Park. The Parking Area will be a staging point for access to the Equestrian Trail linking the County Park to Rustler’s Gulch.

Equestrian Trail (Projected)

This project consists of the following: Design and construct a 2.25 mile equestrian trail in the existing road right of way of Fertile Valley Road beginning at Pend Oreille County Park (318342 Hwy 2) and ending at the Rustler’s Gulch Recreation Area. This trail will connect the 386 acre park with the 560 acre County owned Rustlers Gulch Recreation area and the adjacent 2,800 acre West Branch Little Spokane Wildlife Area. This project has been vetted by the County Parks Board, and the County Commissioners. Both bodies are extremely supportive of this proposal. This project enhances the County transportation system and the State Highway System.

The project has been funded through the Federal Highways Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). We are anticipating submitting Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and bids this spring and construction starting thereafter.

Public Scoping Meeting

Pend Oreille County Parks and Recreation would like to invite you to a Public Scoping Meeting to discuss the proposed Equestrian Trail along a portion of Fertile Valley Road.

When: Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Sacheen Lake Fire Station #32, 6131 Hwy. 211, Newport, WA

Flyer

Presentation

SEPA Process

Pend Oreille County Parks and Recreation is required by law to complete and submit for review a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Checklist. This checklist requires the project sponsor (Pend Oreille County Parks and Rec) to analyze the potential impacts to the environment due to the construction and implementation of the proposal. The SEPA Checklist process for Pend Oreille County requires all landowners within 300 of the project boundary will receive a copy and notification of the action. Local, State, and Federal Agencies also get notified. Additionally, a Legal Notice is submitted to the local newspaper in order to reach folks that are not within the project boundary, but may still want to comment on the proposal.

Below I have attached the SEPA Checklist and associated site plans. The public has 15-days to comment on the proposal. Comments must be received at the close of business on February 18, 2016. Please send correspondence to Andy Huddleston, (509) 447-6462, ahuddleston@pendoreille.org.