BLM seeking nominations for San Juan Islands Nat'l Monument Advisory Committee

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public nominations for the San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee (MAC).

“The San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee is an important forum for the community conversation that is a key component of public land management,” said BLM Acting State Director Jose L. Linares. “By ensuring that representation reflects a variety of perspectives, members provide a valuable service to the Bureau by delving into matters and proposing solutions on a wide variety of land and resource issues.”

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Protest period for San Juan Islands Monument plan extended to December 23

If you were planning on submitting a protest concerning BLM's  Management Plan for the San Juan Islands Monument you have a couple more days.

Because the due date for Protests to ePlanning, and the post date for regular mail, falls on a Sunday, the Protest Office will accept Protests posted on Dec 23, electronically or physically.

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Council considering ending camping at Shaw Island County Park

Shaw Island County Park, the approximately 53-acre park located about two miles from the ferry landing, has 11 wooded campsites next to Indian Cove. The campsites are the only overnight accommodations on the island since vacation rentals and other commercial facilities are not allowed under the county regulations for Shaw Island.  Camping may end as the San Juan County Council is considering changing the park to day-use only.

According to the Council, the park operates $50,000 in the red each year. 

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San Juan Islands National Monument Management Plan ready for public comment

The 317-page San Juan Islands National Monument's Proposed Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement is now available online. It is now ready for citizens to submit protests and comments. 

A PDF of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be found here. The FAQs cover rules about shooting, camping, islands that are off-limits, and much more. 

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New Washington State Parks Foundation website helps you find your favorite parks

The Washington State Parks Foundation has launched a new website at waparks.org with added features and resources that make it easier than ever for people to connect and share their experiences as they discover all the picturesque and unique parks the Evergreen State has to offer.

Columbia Hills State Park

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42-year-old temporary Visitor Center closed; construction due to begin on new American Camp Visitor Center

 

San Juan Island National Historical Park has closed the double-wide trailer that has been used as the  American Camp Visitor Center for the past 42 years. The site is being prepared for construction of a new, permanent facility. The old Visitor Center which served millions of visitors over the past four decades will be replaced by a  new permanent facility built to greet visitors with state of the art exhibits.

The temporary American Camp Visitor Center that has been used for 42 years. Photo from Park's website

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Funding obtained for Agate Beach Road rerouting

The San Juan County Public Works Dept has secured the funding necessary to relocate the MacKaye Harbor Road around Agate Beach County Park on Lopez Island. This re-route will move the road away from the deteriorating shoreline, protect the shore from further damage, increase safety for drivers (both residents and visitors), all while maintaining public access to the county park and the Monument at Iceberg Point.

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