Every now and then a little work is needed to maintain trails in the national parks, and at Yellowstone National Park officials have a need to replace a section of trail connecting the Upper Geyser Basin near Old Faithful to Biscuit Basin.
The project as currently designed would replace a portion of causeway trail that is becoming obsolete, park officials say. "Causeway trails, also called turnpikes, are slightly elevated and are constructed on a base of rock. They are used to cross wet areas," a park release explained.
The main intent of the project -- which is open to public comment -- is to re-establish a portion of the trail that crosses a sensitive, consistently wet meadow. Crews would reconstruct the causeway by installing horizontal timber frames and filling them with rock and gravel recovered from the existing structure.
The project would be completed by Park Service staff in partnership with the Montana Conservation Corps. Funding for the project is being considered through the Wyoming Department of State Parks and the Cultural Resources Recreational Trails Program.
Written comments should be received no later than October 24, and should be addressed to: Bill Hopkins, Backcountry Trails Office, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, 82190. Electronic submissions may be sent to [email protected].