Yellowstone Seeks Public Comment On Two Ocean Plateau Trail Project

Yellowstone National Park is soliciting public comment on a proposal to rehabilitate parts of the Trail Creek and Two Ocean Plateau hiking trails.

According to a Yellowstone press release, portions of the trail were damaged or destroyed by spring run-off. Under the project, trail rehabilitators would address the following:

• Improve about 10 miles of trail.
• Protect sensitive terrain by doing “erosion control work.”
• Reroute approximately 400 yards of trail away from damaged landscape.
• Build a small bridge for stock use.

The Two Ocean Plateau Trail, located in the southern part of Yellowstone National Park around the namesake landmark, is a popular backcountry trail that brings hikers past the southeast arm of Yellowstone Lake and Colter Peak.

The project would involve the Montana Conservation Corps, which has been involved in several projects over the past few years, including around Canyon and the new Grand Prismatic Spring Overlook Trail. Trail work would not commence until Summer 2018.

According to the press release, comments on the trail’s historic properties and cultural relevance are welcome, since this project falls under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

If you’re interested in commenting on the proposal, you can either submit them to the National Park Service’s Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) system or you can mail comments to the following address:

Compliance Office
Attention: Two Ocean Plateau Trail Project
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190

You can also hand-deliver comments to the following address:

Albright Visitor Center
Attention: Two Ocean Plateau Trail Project
Mammoth Hot Springs
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190

All comments submitted should be individually written. Bulk comments (both paper and electronic) will not be accepted.

Commenters should be aware that any “personally identifiable information” shared in your comment may be made public at any time. You can ask to have this information withheld, should be your comment be made publicly viewable, but, according to the press release, the park “cannot guarantee that [they] will be able to do so.”

About Sean Reichard

Sean Reichard is the editor of Yellowstone Insider and author of Yellowstone Insider For Families 2017.

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