Sperry rebuild clears major hurdle

The National Park Service on Thursday granted a key permit for the rebuilding of Sperry Chalet.

The project has been moving quickly through the regulatory process. Last month, the Park Service released a draft environmental assessment with four options for rebuilding the chalet that burned last summer in the Spraque Fire. Of these, the “preferred alternative” was restoring the chalet within its original walls, but updated for current safety standards and building codes.

The assessment also discussed possible environmental impacts. After a three-week public comment period, the Park Service has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact, concluding that a more stringent environmental review is not required, and that “the selected alternative will not have a significant effect on the human environment.”