Important: Upcoming USFS meetings, January 27 & February 5

The Forest Service, Washington Trails Association (WTA), and the Monte Cristo Preservation Association (MCPA) are Hosting a Public Meeting Regarding the Future of Monte Cristo.

Everett, Wash. January, 2018

The U.S. Forest Service is hosting two open meetings on January 27th and February 5th. The Agency is inviting the public to interact with members of local non-profit organizations and land managers in order to share comments and opinions which will influence the future of Monte Cristo.

The Forest Service has recently completed cleanup of the Monte Cristo Mining Area under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). With the clean-up being completed, there are still many management questions that need to be addressed such as: infrastructure, facilities, access, usage, preservation, and capacity. The questions to be answered will affect future management of public resources administered by the Forest Service.

District Ranger Peter Forbes states that “the public has an interest in Monte Cristo and the area surrounding it, we want to understand what that looks like.” The old mining town of Monte Cristo represents many things, to many different groups of people. The WTA, the MCPA, and representatives from the Forest Service plan to provide background information on Monte Cristo before answering questions and obtaining feedback.

The meeting schedule is as follows:

January 27th from 9 – 11 a.m.: The Wall Street Building, 2930 Wetmore Ave., Everett, WA 98201 (Access into the building will be facilitated by an escort between 8:45 and 9:30 a.m.).

February 5th from 5:15 – 7:30 p.m.: The Everett Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett, WA 98201.

For more information, contact Public Affairs Specialist, Colton Whitworth at coltonwwhitworth@fs.fed.us.

Also, review this essay detailing the 1994 USFS acquisition of the Monte Cristo Resort property: 1994 Resort purchase

Annual Winter Social – February 3, 2018

Our Annual Winter Social is February 3rd at 5:30pm.

Louise Lindgren will be presenting a PowerPoint slide show featuring the late Courtney Bell and we will also be presenting plans for the new interpretive site on MCPA property.

Although there will have already been one public meeting to discuss suggestions for the Forest Service to start their NEPA process, we will still have more time at this meeting to gather more input.

The Winter Social is to start at 5:30 pm with a potluck dinner. Please bring food (main, side or dessert) and serving utensils for the potluck. The location is the same as usual: Jennings Memorial Park in Marysville, also known as “The Barn”.

Directions: “The Barn” At Jennings Memorial Park 6915 Armar Road, Marysville, WA
Going north on I-5, exit #199 at Marysville and go right (east) on 4th St, about 3⁄4 miles. Then turn left (north) on 47th–this becomes Armar Rd. At approximately 1⁄2 mile, turn right into Jennings Memorial Park driveway. The Barn is about 300 feet from the Armar Road entrance. Going south on I-5, exit #200 (88th St) and go east to State Ave. Turn right on State and go south, about 1 mile to John Anderson St (also called, “Grove St.”). Turn left on Grove St. and go east .7 miles to 51st. Then turn right (south) on 51st (Armar Road), about .2 miles to Jennings Memorial Park. The Barn is about 300 feet from the Armar Road entrance.

Final 2017 Work Party October 28

We have rescheduled last week’s rained out work party to October 28. We will be concentrating on road and trail work between Barlow Pass and Happs Hill – most notably between the clayslide and Weden House. There are several fallen trees to remove and much trimming of the new growth trees and bushes along the roadway.

We will meet at the Barlow Pass gate at 8:30 AM and head in; we will not plan to use the new access road or venture into the townsite on this day. If you arrive after 8:30, you’ll find us along the roadway somewhere beyond the Barlow Pass gate. We’ll work until early afternoon.

There are also loose plans to do some end of season work at the townsite November 4th; if interested in participating then, contact us for details as found on the “Contact” page above.

Also note the Winter Social has been scheduled for February 3 at 5:30 PM at Jenning’s Barn in Marysville. More details to come.

October 21 Work Party POSTPONED

We have chosen to postpone the Oct 21 Work Party due to forecasted heavy rain showers and high winds. The new access road could suffer damage and using the log crossing at high water is not advised.

Stay tuned for future updates!

October 21 Work Party Scheduled

Our final 2017 work party will be Saturday October 21. Work parties are always the 3rd Saturday of the month from June to October.

We will meet at the new access road gate, 1 mile past Barlow Pass, with plan to begin the drive in at 9:00 AM. This will relieve congestion at Barlow and simplify the meet and entrance logistics.

We will be removing the MCPA bulletin board from the clay slide for winter storage, brushing (work needing done between twin bridges and the new access road), acting as hosts in the townsite, possibly doing some layout work on the MCPA lot for our interpretive structure, and any other tasks to ready the area for winter.

There will be plenty of other work needing done if you want to join us. Contact us as seen on the Contact page if you have any questions.

We’ll work to at least 1:00 PM and may have a group of persons stay later if there is still work to be done.

Come prepared for the weather – it could be 75 degrees….or it could be snowing.

September 16, 2017 Work Party Scheduled

Our next 2017 work party will be Saturday September 16. Work parties are always the 3rd Saturday of the month from June to October.

Starting this month we will meet at the new access road gate, 1 mile past Barlow Pass, with plan to begin the drive in at 9:00 AM. This will relieve congestion at Barlow and simplify the meet and entrance logistics. Given one of us will pick up a key at Verlot at 8:00, we cal likely begin allowing persons to drive in by about 8:30. We’ll plan to all be inside the gate and have the gate locked by 9:00.

Our objectives will be brushing, possibly re-arranging some timbers in the timber pile to aid in circulation, and acting as hosts in the townsite.

There will also be plenty of other work needing done if you want to join us. Contact us as seen on the Contact page if you have any questions.

We’ll work to at least 1:00 PM and may have a group of persons stay later if there is still work to be done.

August 19 2017 Work Party Scheduled

Our 3nd 2017 work party will be Saturday August 19. Work parties are always the 3rd Saturday of the month from June to October.

In August we will meet as usual at the Barlow Pass gate at 9:00 – from there we will travel to the new access road and then into the townsite. Our main objective will be to complete the relocation of the timber pile which is downhill from the United Concentrator site; it was washed away when Glacier Creek jumped the bank late in 2015; we recovered the pile from the dry creek bed late 2016. We moved the majority of the pile in July but have a small number of smaller timbers that still need moved. These timbers are being located uphill to near the MCPA townsite lots where there will ultimately be used for building an interpretive structure and visitor information center.

There will also be plenty of other work needing done if you want to join us. Contact us as seen on the Contact page if you have any questions.

We’ll work to at least 2:00 PM and may have a group of persons stay later if there is still work to be done.

July 15 Work Party Scheduled

Our 2nd 2017 work party will be Saturday July 15. Work parties are always the 3rd saturday of the month from June to September.

In July we will meet as usual at the Barlow Pass gate at 9:00 – from there we will travel to the new access road and then into the townsite. Our main objective will be to relocate the timber pile which is currently scattered downhill from the United Concentrator site; it was washed away when Glacier Creek jumped the bank late in 2015; we recovered the pile from the dry creek bed late 2016.

We now need to relocate the pile up near Dumas Street to facilitate building an interpretive structure on the MCPA lots on Dumas Street. It will likely be a whole day job just to relocate the 50+ timbers weighing more than 5 tons in total. We will have mechanized transport equipment on site but can also use all the man power possible to most effectively complete this task. Please contact us to let us know you’ll be joining us to help with this project.

There will also be plenty of other work needing done if you want to join us.

Photos below of the stacked and steam-strewn timbers, followed by the current state of the lumber pile.

Please RSVP to those listed on the MCPA “Contact Us” page so we have an idea who to wait for at Barlow.

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