Mitchell Hill/Westcott Bay plan available for public comment/Public meetings set for April 28

A sweeping plan on the future use of more than 382 acres of uplands, forest and shoreline in San Juan Island NHP’s Mitchell Hill and Westcott Bay units at English Camp is now available for public review and comment, Park Superintendent Lee Taylor announced April 15, 2015.

The Mitchell Hill and Westcott Bay Development Concept Plan/Environmental Assessment provides a blueprint for future facilities and recreational activities for the lands that were added to the park in 2010 and 2013.

The public is invited to provide feedback in two meetings scheduled noon to 2 p.m., and 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 28 at the San Juan Island Grange. This will be the third and final opportunity to provide comments and shape the plan for the new park properties, Taylor said.

One of the alternatives provided in the plan, or a combination of the ideas embodied in them, may be selected in the decision-making process, she said.

“We have received a lot of input from the community in the development of the plan and I believe it reflects those ideas,” Taylor said. “Our goal is to provide multiple use trails, enhance accessibility, protect park resources, and foster cooperation with neighboring landowners and trail users.”

Public comments also will be accepted during the 30-day formal public comment period from April 15 to May 15, 2015. The plan is available for viewing and public comment electronically via the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website: parkplanning.nps.gov/sajh.

Comments may also be submitted in writing to: Superintendent, San Juan Island NHP, P.O. Box 429, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. Questions may be directed to the park’s Chief of Integrated Resource Management, Jerald Weaver, at 360-378-2240 ext. 2224.

“We look forward to hearing for you,” Taylor said.

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