• American Camp parade ground looking west

    San Juan Island

    National Historical Park Washington

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    The American Camp visitor center is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Wednesday-Sunday. The English Camp contact station is closed through May 31. Grounds at both units are open from dawn to 11 p.m. More »

Native Grasses

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Roemer's fescue (above) and other native grasses were cultivated in 2010 in a demonstration garden located in front of the American Camp visitor center.
Mike Vouri
 

Native grasses

One of the park's major projects at San Juan Island NHP is to restore the grasslands to native vegetation at American Camp. This is critical to restore the health of the ecosystem as well as support native wildlife. Native Grasses are critical for many species. For example, the streaked horned lark, which was once a common breeder on the Cattle Point Peninsula, is no longer found here because it nests at the base of bunchgrass, which has been crowded out by non-native plant species.

Some of the native grasses that are being planted as part of the program are Sitka brome (Bromus sitchensis var. sitchensis), Jepson's blue wildrye (Elymus glaucus ssp. Jepsonii), and Roemer's fescue (Festuca roemeri).

Did You Know?

Belle Vue Sheep Farm in 1859

Belle Vue Sheep Farm, founded in 1853 on San Juan Island, was a classic HBC sheep station with two rows of tidy log houses, heavy-duty fencing for sheep pens and an English-style, double-bay barn. Its establishment created tensions that nearly brought war with the United States. More...