An Island County Non-Motorized Trail Plans Open House will be held on Camano Island:
See https://www.islandcountywa.gov/PublicWorks/Roads/Transportation-Planning/Pages/2016-Non-Motorized-Trail-Plan-Update.aspx for more info or if you can't make it to the meeting & would like to provide feedback.
A pdf version of The FOCIP 2016-2017 Event Guide is attached - see below.
ANNUAL FOCIP WINTER WALK PROGRAM2016-17
Since 1995 Friends of Camano Island Parks (FOCIP) has been leading Winter Walks for the public on Camano
Island trails on the first Saturday of the month November through May. The walks are on Island County and
State Park trails, many of which have been constructed, maintained and enhanced by FOCIP through its
stewardship program. All walks start at 9:50 a.m. and are completed by noon. Join FOCIP members and
Backyard Wildlife Habitat stewards on these walks. See the unique features of each park. The pace is moderate
and walks take place rain or shine. Walks are canceled if there is snow or extremely high winds. Walkers are
asked to wear appropriate clothes for the weather and sturdy shoes or boots. No pass requirement for State Park
* * * No dogs please for the safety of the walkers. * * *
Saturday, Nov. 5: Camano Island State Park: Meet at 9:50 at the picnic shelter near the boat ramp at
Camano Island State Park. Park pass required, but for those without, a temporary is provided bv FOCIP. The
walk includes 2 elevation gains of about 50’ with the rest of the walk fairly level. The trail is 2.6 miles long
with excellent views of Saratoga Passage and Elger Bay including a walk through a beautiful “fern grotto.” and
Saturday, Dec 3: Elger Bay Preserve: Meet at 9:50 a.m. at the junction of Elger Bay Road and Dry Lake
Road just north of the Elger Bay Elementary School and Elger Bay Store. This is a fairly level trail with one
50’ gain toward the middle of the walk. The beautifully signed Elger Bay Nature Trail with a side trip to the
beaver marsh platform is part of the walk. The walk is a 2.5 mile round trip, completed by noon.
Saturday, Jan 7: Cama Beach State Park: Meet at 9:50 at Ivy Road and Dry Lake Road junction. You may
access Dry Lake Road from Elger Bay Road north of Elger Bay Elementary School or Monticello Road that
intersects West Camano Road and Elger Bay Road. Parking is on the Ivy Road cul-de-sac. We will walk from
the N.E. section of Cama down hill to the Cut Off Trail and then walk the Marine View loop Trail, followed by
the Bluff Trail and Old Entrance Trail 2.7 miles total. Shuttles will be available for those wishing a ride back to
Ivy. Option to walk back to Ivy would make the walk 3.9 miles total. A State park pass is not required. The
walk is completed by noon.
Saturday, Feb. 4: Camano Ridge Forest Preserve: Meet at 9:50 a.m. at the Camano Center on East Camano
(Blue building next to Tennis Courts) for the 3.3 miles walk. There will be a brief stop at the Kristoferson
Beaver Marsh on the way back to the cars. The first 1/2 mile of trail has a 200’ gain. Trails on top are level with
short up and downs and include a forested loop and a wetland trail.
Saturday, Mar. 4: Cama to CISP: Meet at 9:50 at Ivy Road and Dry Lake road junction. You can access Dry
Lake Road from Elger Bay Road or Monticello Road. Walk from the Cama trailhead to the South beach of
Camano Island State Park enjoying the downhill and level terrain with great views. Shuttle service will be
available to return drivers to the trailhead. If you wish you can walk back. The walk is 3.3 miles one way.
Saturday, Apr. 1: Four Springs Lake Preserve: Meet at 9:50 in the parking area of Four Springs, Proceed
from East or West Camano Roads on Camano Hill Road and turn north on Lewis Lane which is located just
west of the Camano Ridge Road. See this beautiful preserve with a walk on the perimeter trail including the
wetland trail. The perimeter trail includes two 50’ fairly steep hills with benches at the top. The distance of the
walk is approximately 2 miles. A tour of the day-rental Four Springs House, Meadow room and Barn is
Saturday, May 6: Iverson Spit Preserve, Kristoferson Creek Habitat, English Boom Historical Park:
Participants should arrive at Iverson Spit Preserve at 9:50 a.m. Iverson Spit is accessed from East Camano
Drive via Russell Road east to Sunrise Road then south to Iverson Beach Road. Follow Iverson Beach Road
east down to the beach area and drive north to the end. After a short level 1 mile walk with views of Port Susan
Bay, a beaver activity area, and the “Hobbit Trail”, drivers will caravan to Kristoferson Creek Habitat for a
short visit. The caravan directions to the next stop at English Boom Historical Park will be handed out at
Iverson Spit. The walk at English Boom Historical Park is about 1 mile in length on a marsh trail along Skagit
Bay. Baker view, interpretive boards and a boardwalk are some of the special features of this historical park..
Possible new Walk: Saturday, June 3rd: Barnum Point County Park: The availability of this walk will
depend on how much work gets done this winter by FOCIP and Island County in construction of a parking lot
for visitors. Check the Crab Cracker or Stanwood/Camano News for an update status near this scheduled date.
Saturday, Nov. 4: Cama Beach State Park
Saturday, Dec. 2: Elger Bay Preserve
There are three work parties scheduled for February:
Our work parties are usually held the first three Tuesdays of the month. We meet at the Camano Island State Park Ranger Station at 9:30 am, rain or shine. Don't forget your volunteer parking pass or your Discover Pass. Work party volunteers are asked to check their email at 8:00 am when there is wind or snow (rain does not count!) to see if there is a cancellation.
We are always looking for help from volunteers at the Four Springs or Camano Center gardens - just a couple of hours on some Tuesdays for mostly weeding and planting. FOCIP provides the tools. If you would send us your email, we'll send out times and dates to those specific volunteers. You can also check the calendar at http://www.camanowildlifehabitat.org/
Rain or shine, so wear the right gear! Join us at the work parties and find a task that fits!
The fundraising goal to purchase the 37-acre at-risk property at Barnum Point was reached!
See http://www.wclt.org/projects/barnum-point/ for information on the project, including what else is planned.
UPDATE from Tom Eisenberg:
"I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our FOCIP members and the FOCIP Board for your quick response in support of the acquisition of parcels to expand the Barnum Point County Park. Your e-mails were a large factor in the County’s decision to continue with this special opportunity. We have always known that Camano Island is a special place, and I’ve once again confirmed that the people on our Island are special also. Thanks so much to all of you for what you have done. Tom Eisenberg, President"
Urgent Request re Barnum Point
Please consider emailing Camano Island's County Commissioner, Rick Hannold at email@example.com requesting his support for partnering with the Whidbey Camano Land Trust to expand the Barnum Point County Park. See attached a Barnum Parcels map for the project area. Your email needs to be sent to Commissioner Hannold by Tuesday, April 19th.
The County has a one-time opportunity to place the entirety of the Point into a public park, including almost a mile of shoreline along with forested marine feeder bluff and 48 acres of private tidelands. It’s important to point out to Commissioner Hannold that Barnum Point is the last possibility for public to acquire low bank waterfront acreage on Camano Island. The property is not only historic and iconic but also a vital key to the environmental health of Livingston and Port Susan bays and the Stillaguamish estuary.
FOCIP strongly urges you to craft your own message so that each email is personalized. Please this doesn’t have to be elaborating just your thoughts, but it does have to be done now.
You may find additional information in the Land Trusts recent article on Protecting the Point (attached). Thank you for your support in conveying the importance of this opportunity for Camano Islanders to Commissioner Hannold. Without his support this opportunity could be lost forever. If you support this project please share this with friends, family, groups, and neighbors who live on Camano Island.
Thanks for your support
Tom Eisenberg, FOCIP President
Looking for info on the free programs usually held the third Wednesday of the month at the Camano Multi-purpose Center? The latest info is always available at our sister website, http://www.camanowildlifehabitat.org/
Check the calendar or the announcement section.
The FOCIP volunteers who currently maintain the kiosks and brochure boxes at our Camano Island parks are no longer able to do so. Please consider adopting a kiosk or brochure box. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
May 2015 Update: The form for adopting a brochure box or kiosk has been incorporated into our Adopt-a-Park form at http://www.friendsofcamanoislandparks.org/get-involved/adopt-a-park
Our current volunteer performs the following tasks:
List of FOCIP Kiosks at State and County Parks
Camano Island State Park –
Elger Bay Preserve 1 main kiosk one sided has brochure box. Near beaver viewing bench I kiosk to clean sometimes.
Four Springs Lake Preserve has 1 main kiosk with brochure box, 1 kiosk at trail head with brochure box. 1 kiosk down on Holton Trail needs cleaning and change once in a while. Tentative
Iverson Spit has I main kiosk front and back with brochure box. Has 2 ground standing kiosks to clean on boardwalk.
English Boom has 1 kiosk and one side for seasonal changes and has brochure boxes.
Camano Community Center has a brochure box at the trail on right when you come into the center.
Terry’s Corner has a brochure box at the flower garden. Shared with BWH.
Without a town on the island and a small
county office frequently closed, Camano Islanders have learned how to
get things done — they just do it their way. Before 1994, with just a
state park and a handful of boat launches and picnic spots, getting to
the beach or the forest was tough. Too many no trespassing signs warned
people to stay away. Opportunities changed when community members found
ways to protect natural areas with forests and shorelines. Volunteer
efforts supported by nonprofit organizations made the island a welcoming
spot for residents, visitors, and wildlife. These natural places that
citizens preserved each has its story. Explore Camano Island — the
natural land and water, its history, and the people wishing to live in
harmony with nature.
Written by FOCIP member Val Schroeder
Available at Friends of Camano Island Parks events for $20 as a Fundraiser, including BWH programs (3rd Wednesday, 7 PM, Camano Multipurpose Center (Blue Building), 141 East Camano Drive, Camano Island. See http://www.camanowildlifehabitat.org/ for more info).
Also available at Snow Goose Bookstore, local book stores, and from the author. More info at https://www.historypress.net/catalogue/bookstore/books/Exploring-Camano-Island/9781626193642
Preview the book at https://www.historypress.net/preview.php?q=9781626193642
[September 8, 2014] Read the review by author Mary Trimble at http://www.marytrimblebooks.com/book-review-exploring-camano-island-a-history-guide/
A letter from our president of the last 20 years, as printed in our April 2014 Newsletter
After very thoughtful consideration, I have decided to resign from my President-Co Chair position and try to balance my life with more travel; more participation in the recreational activities I so love; and focus on taking care of my house needs. This does not mean I am stopping my participation in FOCIP, it just means that instead of continuing with all the responsibilities the position has entailed, I will now limit my involvement to volunteering when I am available, and participating on the board in a Past President, advisory role. I have so appreciated all the board members along the way, with their dedication and commitment to the mission of FOCIP. I am most appreciative of the volunteerism and funding support that all of you who are active, occasionally involved, or support members, have so generously given toward our mission projects. It is because of your belief in what this group has been doing, we have been able to sponsor new parks, to provide educational materials and programs and to carry out stewardship activities: creating new trails and added amenities; and keeping parks and trails maintained and user friendly for our visitors and community, FOCIP has been and will continue to be successful. Be sure to check out page 2 for election information, and page 3 for upcoming activities and please renew your membership and know added donations are always welcome and much appreciated! See the inclosed renewal insert. Thank you all for the wonderful support you have given me and the other board members over these 20+ years!!!!