In partnership with Island County, The Whidbey Camano Land Trust (WCLT) is working to add an additional 65 acres of upland and 37 acres of tideland to the existing Barnum Point County Park. Please protect Barnum Point by helping the Land Trust acquire a crucial property that is in danger of being sold to a private owner. WCLT needs to raise $325,000 by August 31 2016 to save this property.
See http://www.wclt.org/projects/barnum-point/ for information on the project, including an article on the property, a fact sheet, and a FAQ.
These free talks start at 7:00 pm at the Camano Island State Park Amphitheater.Our WA State Parks host these programs.
See http://www.camabeachfoundation.org/amphitheater-progs.html for the schedule
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
FOCIP emails to @wavecable.com email addresses are being returned by mail.wavecable.com. Please try to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contact list or safe senders list.
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 email@example.com 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.
There are no remaining work parties scheduled for July 2016.
There are two work parties scheduled for August:
There are NO work parties currently scheduled for September.
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!
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!!!!
A Discover Pass is not required at Washington State Parks on the following dates in 2015:
See http://discoverpass.wa.gov/ for more info.
These are the National Park Service free days for 2015:
See http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm for more info.