From the creation of the reserve, Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve has been managed through partnerships between the National Park Service, Town of Coupeville, Island County, and Washington State Parks. Shortly after establishment, the community worked collaboratively with local governments to create a plan for the future of the reserve. The ideas put forth in this plan were incorporated into the first Comprehensive Plan for the reserve, prepared by National Park Service with input by the community and government partners. That plan called for the establishment of the Trust Board of Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve, a unit of local government and partnership between the local, state and federal governments. 25 years later, the National Park Service, Trust Board, and community members embarked on a new General Management Plan (GMP) process complete in 2006.
The National Park Service and Trust Board may have other plans available to assist them in their work to protect the resources of the reserve. Please contact the Trust Board at (360) 678-6084 for current updates.
Did You Know?
The prairies, with their rich soil, were the first areas of the Reserve to be farmed, first by Native Americans, and later, by European-american settlers who moved onto the lands. The pioneers cleared the higher ground and tried to farm it, but found the soils poor and allowed the forests to return.