Well, frankly, standing on the shore of Orcas Island looking at Patos island in the distance!
We rely almost totally on the staff and boats of Sucia Island State parks to take our volunteers out to Patos Island for both work parties and Docenting the lighthouse. Over the past three years or so, our arrangement has been totally symbiotic with our volunteers providing services that State Parks employees don’t have the staff and time to provide. As Steve Sabine, head Ranger so aptly puts it:
To Whom It May Concern,
Keepers of the Patos Light have been providing volunteer services at Patos Island State Park since 2010. They have logged over 1600 hours since then, with the majority of the hours done in 2012. Keepers of the Patos Light is instrumental in the Park’s interpretive program, conducting Lighthouse tours for well over 1000 visitors last year. The visitors always talk highly of the volunteers and are grateful that they are there to open the lighthouse.
Patos Island State Park is a remote island, with access only by private boat. There are not many volunteers who are willing to spend an extended period to provide programs to visitors. Keepers of the Patos Light provided volunteers who stay multiple nights on the Island to provide this service. They also provided trail maintenance, security, and serviced our restrooms. Park staff can only service the Island once or twice a week, due to staff shortages, and Keepers of the Patos Light helped fill in the gaps.
I am grateful to have Keepers of the Patos Light volunteer at Patos Island State Park. They are a complement to the Park operation.
Sincerely, Steve Sabine
San Juan Marine Area North
Thanks back to all of our wonderful State Parks friends from Keepers of the Patos Light!