Hey you! What about the prairies?

Got a vision for how the prairies of American Camp and at English Camp ought to be managed? Then, the National Parks Service would like to hear from you.

Islanders have up until a deadline of Sept. 4, others do as well, to weigh-in, offer suggestions or provide a critique as to the extent and the scope — what should be included or not — of the "Prairie Stewardship Plan" of San Juan Island National Historical Park, now in formative stages of construction.

The Stewardship Plan will serve as a guide for managing the prairie areas of American Camp and of Young Hill, at English Camp, and, following its completion, it is expected to advance the ability of National Parks to restore components of the rare island prairie ecosystem through the use of various management and restorative tools.

Public input about the plan's scope will be used to help inform the Parks Service as it develops alternatives management tools for the prairies.

"We want to know what people think we should be doing to manage the island prairie ecosystem," Lee Taylor, superintendent of SJI National Historical Park said in a press release about the plan and upcoming deadline. "We are trying to find out what issues are important to ensure that they are included in the environmental impact analysis process. The public comments period ends soon and we’ve received limited comments to date."

Here's how to comment: In writing; San Juan Island National Historical Park,℅ Superintendent Lee Taylor, P.O. Box 429, Friday Harbor, WA, 98250. Online; NPS Planning, Enviroment and Public Comment (PEPC) website,(, or to respond on an optional comment form, (

While Sept. 4 is the deadline for comment on the steward plan's scope, there will also be a public comment period once a preliminary plan is crafted and an analysis of alternatives it contains -- based on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement -- is released sometime this fall.



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