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Final environmental assessment for the proposed Silver Creek Bridge Replacement in Carlton County, Minnesota
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    United States, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, ; United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration., Office of Program Planning and Integration, ;
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    "Jay Cooke State Park, located in Carlton County, MN, encompasses nearly 9,000 acres along the St. Louis River. The park, which receives more than 300,000 visitors each year, is an important component of the Minnesota State Park system. Jay Cooke State Park visitors take advantage of a variety of recreational activities, including hiking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, fishing, biking (mountain and tour), horseback riding, picnicking, wildlife viewing, bird watching, geocaching, backpacking, and camping. The park provides over 50 miles of hiking and cross-country ski trails and several scenic overlooks for visitors to enjoy. Sever flooding throughout Northern Minnesota in June 2012 damaged portions of Jay Cooke State Park and its trail system, including an existing foot bridge crossing Silver Creek along the North Country/Superior Hiking Trail. The 40 year-old Silver Creek Bridge, which was deteriorating before the flood, is now unstable and unsafe due to erosion around its abutments and approaches and a deteriorated wood decking. Hikers are no longer able to cross the bridge which allows access to three backpack sites and 12 miles of hiking and ski trails in the southeast part of the park. The trail segment is part of the long-distance 296-mile Superior Harking Trail and 4,000-plus mile (when fully completed) North Country Scenic Trail that connects New York to North Dakota. Using NOAA provided funds from Section 306A of the Coastal Zone Management Act, the project partners (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Lake Superior Coastal Management Program, working in partnership with Minnesota DNR's Parks and Trails Office's Jay Cooke State Park, and the Conservation Corps of Minnesota), propose to replace this damaged bridge with a new bridge to provide hikers safe passage over Silver Creek (See Section 8, Figures 1 and 2). The bridge replacement will restore visitor experience by reconnecting miles of hiking trails on either side of the creek. NOAA has the authority to fund or not fund this bridge replacement project selected by the Lake Superior Coastal Program. We do not have the ability to negotiate other projects, different from that put forward by Lake Superior Coastal Management Program for NOAA funding"--Summary (page 4).

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