FARMINGTON -- Taking every environmental precaution before digging in, Davis County is applying to the National Parks Service for assistance in realigning a 9-mile stretch of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail in the Bountiful/North Salt Lake area.
The request to the service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, approved Tuesday by the Davis County Commission, comes at no cost to the county.
The county asked the National Parks Service to provide technical support for the public involvement process in the Bonneville Shoreline Trail environmental analysis, Davis County planner Scott A. Hess said.
The parks service provided similar assistance on the Red Canyon Trail, which is part of Bryce Canyon city, he said.
"It is an independent party to come in and help us," Hess told the commission prior to its approving the application.
"They basically provide expertise on the feasibility of a project," Hess said.
The program also helps with public involvement, and afterward -- should the project move forward -- helps entities find funding sources to help pay for the project.
The county wants to realign a 9-mile stretch of the shoreline trail through the Bountiful/North Salt Lake bench area to reroute it around residential properties that have been developed on the mountainside.
Some of the property through that particular stretch is privately owned, while other stretches are part of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, officials said.
The realignment will prevent trail users from walking through neighborhoods, eliminating the impact on area homeowners, county officials said.
Rerouting the trail around the development by taking its alignment farther east up the mountainside also will be beneficial to those who use the trail.
A large number of people use the shoreline trail, but because there are gaps in it, may leave the designated trail and take different routes along the mountain. That can pose a risk to users, County Commissioner Louenda Downs said.
The Bonneville Shoreline Trail marks the high-water mark -- 5,200 feet above sea level -- of the ancient Lake Bonneville.