English Camp Visitor Contact Station on Winter Schedule
The English Camp visitor contact station in the Royal Marine Barracks is closed for the season, starting September 2. Grounds are open daily from dawn to 11 p.m.
American Camp Visitor Center on Winter Schedule
The American Camp visitor center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from September 2 to June 6, 2015. Grounds remain open daily from dawn to 11 p.m. Telephone 360-378-2240, ext. 2227 or 2226 for information. More »
Prairie EIS Alternatives Workshop Set
Contact: Jerald Weaver, 360-378-2240, ext. 2224
Contact: Raena Parsons, 360-378-2240, ext. 2222
San Juan Islanders and northwest Washington citizens will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the future management of the American Camp prairie during an "alternatives" workshop scheduled 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday January 15 at the Mullis Senior Center.
A similar workshop is scheduled Wednesday, January 16 from noon to 3 p.m. in the Anacortes Public Library.
"We're really encouraging individuals and organization to come and make their voices heard concerning this plan," Taylor said. "
The Prairie Stewardship Plan will be used to direct the management of the natural and cultural landscape at American Camp and at English Camp's Young Hill, Taylor said. It will likely rely on a suite of restoration / management tools that would facilitate the park's ability to effectively restore components of the rare island prairie ecosystem.
Did You Know?
Camas bulbs were so highly prized by Northwest Indians for their creamy potato/baked pear taste that groups sometimes fought over the best growing areas, and people traveled great distances to harvest the bulbs and prepare them into thin, dry cakes. To ensure future harvests, the Indians burned the prairie regularly.