Needed: Your feedback for the new prairie stewardship plan….
Our friends at the Trails Committee wanted you to know about this:
San Juan Island National Historical Park is beginning the process of developing a prairie stewardship plan. The first deadline for suggestions from the public is next Tuesday, September 4, and there will be other comment periods over the next two years.
The two largest remaining prairie segments in the county are in the National Park and gloriously visible from two very new trails recently created by the Park Service itself. They are the diagonal trail known as South Beach Trail which connects the redoubt area with Packers Rock at the west end of South Beach; and an even newer one just opened which follows the contour line around Young Hill from near the English Camp Cemetery to the former DNR land on Mitchell Hill. Both trails have temporary small signs to help you find your way.
The Park Service suggests a number of questions you might answer, but will consider any response helpful. This public input is the start of a two-year process that will define what steps the Park Service should take to restore these important prairie segments. Prairie restoration entails supporting some plant and animal species and discouraging or eradicating others.
A form is available on line at www.parkplanning.nps.gov/sajh.
Or you can simply email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to San Juan Island National Historical Park, PO Box 429, Friday Harbor.
The National Historical Park people have been major partners toward our goal of building and maintaining public trails on the island. This is an opportunity for us to participate in their planning for the future.
San Juan Island Trails Committee, facilitating and participating actively in the creation, maintenance and use of a network of trails for non-motorized use on San Juan Island. A committee of Island Rec