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Sequim company lands contract to move historic Olympic NP chalet

The contract for moving the Enchanted Valley Chalet was awarded Wednesday, Olympic National Park officials announced in a statement released Thursday afternoon.

Monroe House Moving, Inc., of Sequim won the contract. The contract amount is $124,000. The chalet is scheduled to be moved in the first two weeks of September if weather and trail conditions permit.

Olympic National Park will provided helicopter transport for equipment and materials during the operation.

The historic chalet is being undercut by erosion and is in danger of collapsing into the East Fork Quinault River. The chalet will be moved 50-100 feet from its current location.

According to the statement released by the park, “The threats to natural and wilderness resources posed by the structure collapsing into the river warrant temporary relocation of the building. Additionally, preventing the chalet from imminent collapse will allow time to examine and plan for the long-term future of the structure.”

The chalet, built in the 1930s, is located 13 miles from the nearest road. It serves as a wilderness ranger station and earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.

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