ELS was contracted by the Port of Woodland to assist with permitting and critical area identification for a two-phase project. Phase 1 was the backbone of the project and included installing broadband fiberoptic lines on existing poles generally between Ariel and Cougar in Cowlitz County. Phase 1 was permitted in 2022 and construction was complete in March 2023. Phase 2 includes extension of the broadband fiberoptic lines from the backbone and up Cowlitz County roads, private drives, and private driveways for the homeowner’s preparation for hookups to over 200 homes. Phase 2 permitting should be complete by the end of 2023.