Nat'l Park Prairie Stewardship plan meeting in FH June 27, 2012

The public process for a long-range Prairie Stewardship Plan at American and English camps begins next week with a series of public meetings in Anacortes, Friday Harbor and Seattle.

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, Lee Taylor, San Juan Island National Historical Park superintendent 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.

The meetings are intended to identify some of the challenges and opportunities based on existing conditions and public expectations, she said.

The meetings are scheduled as follows:

Monday June 25: Anacortes
from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street

Wednesday, June 27: Friday Harbor
from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 27 in the Mullis Center, 589 Nash Street

Thursday, June 28: Seattle 
4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 28 in the auditorium of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, on the northwest corner of Jackson St. and Second Ave. South.

"We want to know what people think we should be doing to manage the island prairie ecosystem. We are trying to find out what issues are important to ensure that they are included in the environmental impact analysis process," Taylor said.

Those wishing to provide comments should submit them in writing as soon as possible, but no later than September 4, 2012 to:

Superintendent Lee Taylor
San Juan Island National Historical Park
P.O. Box 429
Friday Harbor, Washington 98250

or via the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC)  website: parkplanning.nps.gov/sajh.

An optional comment form is also available on the PEPC and park websites: www.nps.gov/sajh).

Another opportunity for public comments will be available this fall as the park identifies and presents preliminary alternatives based on public scoping comments. A future Prairie Stewardship Plan / Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) will provide analysis of the alternatives developed for this plan.

Please contact the park if you wish to be added to the mailing list for more information about this project. Remember that unless requested otherwise, a list of all those who provide input during public comment periods, including their addresses, is available upon request.

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