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National Parks nets $800K for improvements at English, American camps

Journal staff report

More than $800,000 in special project funds in 2014 will be spent on improvements to park roads, trails, grounds, and buildings at American and English camps, according to superintendent Lee Taylor.

Additionally, some of the money will provide paid summer work for island youth in the San Juan Conservation Corps, founded two years ago by the park and the Madrona Institute, Taylor said.

American Camp projects include rehabilitating the Officers’ Quarters; laying new gravel on Salmon Banks Road; adding new bulletin boards at South Beach; grading the Redoubt Road; and maintaining the vistas and appearance of the historic landscape.

At English Camp maintenance crews will repair historic rock walls and complete the major stabilization and rehabilitation work on the historic Crook House.

Trail clearing and landscape work will be done with assistance of the SJCC, as well as other national and regional youth groups, such as Earthcorps and Washington Conservation Corps.

Each year the park competes with more than 400 other national park units for money for park infrastructure, natural and cultural resources, and education and interpretation programs.

“We’ll receive $863,000 altogether for these projects, in addition to our anticipated regular operating budget of $930,500,” Taylor said. “It should be a year of great improvements for visitors to the park and we’re very excited about it.”

The interior renovation of the Officers’ Quarters at American Camp is especially noteworthy.

The funding will make it possible to open this building to the public for the first time since the park was created in 1966, Taylor said.

For questions or comments please contact Taylor at 360-378-2240, ext. 2223 or e-mail lee_taylor@nps.gov; or Jerald Weaver at 360-378-2240, ext. 2224, jerald_weaver@nps.gov.

 

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