WARRENTON - The park honoring the North Coast's most famous visitors just grew a bit bigger.
With bipartisan support from Oregon's congressional delegation, the National Park Service has acquired roughly six acres adjacent to the Fort Clatsop part of the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park from The Conservation Fund.
"It's a dinky piece, but an important dinky piece," said Park Superintendent David Szymanski.
The Fund purchased the property from the Terry O'Casey family, which had approached the National Park Service about its interest in adding the land to the park. The family separated that property from a larger property it owns.
Although the family's property sat outside the park's congressionally-authorized boundary, the NPS determined that it would be an important addition to the park and would provide expanded access for hiking the Fort-to-Sea Trail, which connects Fort Clatsop to the Pacific Ocean.
"They had kind of a tie-in part working on the fort-to-sea trail," said Ron Tyson the maintenance supervisor at the park. "Where that piece of property is, the old stage coach road intersects with Perkins Lane. It would be a part of the trail that people could stay on a bicycle."
Sens. Ron Wyden and Gordon Smith and Rep. David Wu secured federal funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund and supported the minor boundary expansion that would allow the NPS to add the land to the park.