CHINOOK - The public is welcome to attend an open house and workshop on the proposed boundary expansion of Fort Clatsop National Memorial, Wednesday at Fort Columbia State Park.

Staff from the National Park Service, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Washington State Historical Society will be on hand to explain and answer questions about the proposed expansion of Fort Clatsop to take in three sites on the Washington side of the Columbia River.

The open house is scheduled for 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the workshop from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., both in the park's theater.

The National Park Service and two state agencies are considering adding the Megler Rest Area, Station Camp area and a proposed Thomas Jefferson National Memorial at Fort Canby State Park to Fort Clatsop Park.

Those three sites, along with Fort Canby State Park at Cape Disappointment and Fort Stevens State Park and Ecola State Park in Oregon, would become part of a new Lewis and Clark State and National Park under the proposal.

Expansion of Fort Clatsop Park, located south of Astoria, is being proposed as a way to bring prominent sites on the Lower Columbia River related to the Lewis and Clark story under a single umbrella.

A draft study released last month found that the three Washington sites could qualify for inclusion into the national park.

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