Keepers of the Patos Light Board Meeting

Here are the minutes of Keepers of the Patos Light January Board Meeting. If you’ve ever wanted to be on a Board, join ours! We have lots of fun…

 

Minutes – Keepers of Patos Light BLM Office   Lopez Village                     January 26th, 2015

Agenda submitted per e-mail and hard copies by Linda.

Attending: Sandy Evans, Linda Hudson, Jack Pedigo,  Per Phone: Erin Corra, Bill Lavergne

Guests: Marcia deChandendes, OJ Lougheed, Nick Teague, Ann Palmer, Gary Bergren

Meeting opened at 5:00.

New Web Page: New Web Page: Our web page consultant, Ann Palmer of Technosense Consulting, demonstrated the new and updated web-site. She gave an overview and discussed its adaptability on present and future smart devices. Questions were asked and answered. Suggestions were also made about additions and changes to the site. Nick and Sandy agreed to develop a sub-committee for the site.

Review of minutes: Jack read some highlights of the last meeting.

 

Treasurer Report: Since the position is open Linda gave a general run-down on our finances: $2,790.10 in our account. $800 has been paid for 2014/2015 for liability insurance. A new print run of the book Light on the Island has been published and we will purchase about 40 copies, for a total of $400, to stock in the lighthouse for the spring and summer season. Sandy agreed to look for a new Treasurer.

 

New Positions: We will be looking for volunteers to administer: 1) Docent programs, 2) Merchandising, 3) Fundraising. Linda will make a job description for each. Marcia will work on looking for a volunteer for the Docent Program and Nick will look for a Merchandising volunteer.

 

National Monument update:

* Marcia has officially been given the position as Head of the National Monument.

* Events for Patos are being planned as part of the NM program as a site visit to Patos between the BLM and Friends of the San Juans on July 24th.

* This years’ AHS volunteer vacation is set for June 15th-20th. A work party to Patos has been scheduled as a part of the vacation.

* The Schooner Zodiac wants visit Patos on the 1st or 2nd weekend in May. We may need someone to open the lighthouse. Any for-profit group visiting BLM property needs to establish a partnership with the BLM or acquire and pay for a permit.

Grant Workshop: A workshop was held on Orcas on Nov. 18-20. Keeper’s volunteers who attended the workshop included Lisa DiGiorgio, Nic O’Neil and Vice-President, Erin Corra. Erin reported on the workshop via phone. She said the group created a model proposal for KOPL asking for the “Past Perfect” cataloging program. Lighthouse Education Programs grant application deadline is

March 2nd this year and the plan is to ask for the “Past Perfect” program to catalog KOPL photographs and artifacts. (Editor’s note: Lisa Di Giorgio and Linda met with Lopez Museum Director, Mark Thompson-Klein on Friday January 30th and it was decided that “Past Perfect” may not be the way to go as far as cataloging KOPL materials, therefore, we will revisit grant opportunities with the Grants Team). .

Docent Season: Last season the lighthouse was open 49 days with 690 Docent hours. We had 980 guests. For the 2015 season, our goal is to have a Docent(s) present every weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Upcoming work party season: Last season we had 10 day-long work parties and one 4 day work party. There were 59 individual work visits. We need some additional tools and have compiled a list. Sandy can borrow some tools from VOW. Motion made and seconded to purchase two utility carts. The motion passed for the BLM to purchase one and KOPL to purchase another.

Flagpole Committee Report: The total donations so far for this project is $1,230. It was proposed we install a temporary pole. First we need to draft a plan and talk to a BLM engineer and then submit a request for approval. Editor’s Note: Marcia said that the Flagpole Committee only needs to call the BLM office to start the process.

 

New Board Members: Motion made and seconded to nominate OJ as a board member. Motion passed.

 

Other Business: 

  • Guest Gary Bergen brought up the subject of having a third mooring buoy in Active Cove for Docent/Volunteer use. A separate administrative buoy was once in place and the anchor is still there. A recommendation needs to be made to State Parks to start the approval process.
  •  Marcia suggested a 2 day lighthouse appreciation weekend be held. The event would include: Lime Kiln, Cattle Point, Turn Point and Patos.
  • Bill L. has donated over 100 lighthouse related items to Patos. Some will be kept and some will be auctioned off. The proceeds will go toward the Flagpole Fund. So far, $115 has been raised in this way.
  • Marcia said Jennifer will return next summer under a grant subsidy. She will help with a seed bank program which will preserve rare/native plants in the San Juan Islands National Monument.
  • Marcia said that we have the opportunity to have Victoria back this summer to work on an Interpretive Plan for Patos Island and the Lighthouse. It was suggested that we ask for the amount of $2,500 through Lighthouse Educational Programs.

 

Meeting Adjourned 7:25. Next meeting in June

Jack Pedigo

Secretary

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Thank-You, Lighthouse Docents!

Now that the fall and winter rains have started and the light grows less day by day, I am finding time to write to all of you who volunteered your time as Keepers of the Patos Lighthouse docents last spring and summer.

Though I haven’t run the numbers, (hours/guests), yet I do have the guest book here and I would like to share some of the wonderful comments our guests have left. Our guests came from near (Orcas Island, BC) and far, (Finland!), but all of them were delghted to find the lighthouse open and staffed by our wonderful volunteers. As you will see from their comments, a great and informative time was had by all.

Here are just a few of the comments:

Been waiting to visit for 25 years!
Loved the tour!
Perfect place to stop for Father’s Day!
Great interesting tour of this fine lighthouse.
Wow! What beautiful views  and interesting history!
Kayaking from Sucia. Amazing location, so beautiful!!
Great place to see! (Finland)
We looooove Patos!
Very fun to finally see the inside and the view from the Light
Yeah Lighthouse Docents, you rock!
I  wish I could be here during a storm!
Fun times on Patos. Thanks to the Lutz  boys for their tour 🙂
Thank you guys for opening the lighthouse for us…
Thanks for all your hard work. So wonderful to see old treasures taken care of.

Great Music!
Labor Day in Paradise!

Also, A big Thank-you goes out to Steve Sabine and his State Parks crew. Without them none of this would have been possible…thanks SO much for your continued support!

Last note, I know many of you docents brought friends and family along for your stints, could you make sure to forward my email to all of them?

Last, BNL….Some of you have already reserved a weekend for next year’s season. If any of the others have a certain time in mind for the 2015 season, please let me know and I will get it on the calendar.

Have a great fall and winter and (try to) enjoy the rain!

 

Katie Nollman, Lighthouse Docent took these pictures during her stint last summer…

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“Beacons” From the Past to the Future

OJ Lougheed is one of our most knowledgeable and hard working volunteers….

 

Hello All,
Here is one of the reason why I am so interested in the local Lighthouses – “Beacons,” perhaps, from the past into the future. Please share with your mailing lists.
Having spent my “vacations” on Lake Baikal for the seven years I lived in Sunny Southern Siberia, I have a certain perspective on “Seas.”http://www.seadocsociety.org/salish-sea-facts/The Salish Sea is 53% of the surface area of Baikal – no one there calling it a mere lake. However, Baikal has only 27 islands, only one inhabited. The Salish Sea had 419 islands, most of them inhabited.
 

As a member of the joint islands “San Juans Alliance” (fighting fossil-fuel exports) I watched the afternoon presentations at the U.N. Climate Change talking session (yet another) yesterday. One presentation was particularly interesting – by “His Excellency the Honourable Baron Waqa M.P., President of the Republic of Nauru and Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States”:

http://aosis.org/aosis-climate-summit-address/

AOSIS released two papers yesterday:

So, what do a few historic lighthouses in the Salish Sea have to do with all this? Most of these “Beacons” have been powered by solar for several years. Turn Point has a large system installed for it’s Museum. A potential donor has offered to provide a golf cart for Patos, but it would need a solar recharging system (and approval by the National Monument). No doubt the plans for Burrows include solar.
I also found this statement in the Keynote from the 2014 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference:…let me get specific. Assuming governmental policy regarding migration
remains unchanged, then the population of Salishland, currently 9 million, in 2100, will
be 25 to 30 million.
You heard right. 9 million today, 25 to 30 million in 2100. A tripling, or more.

– “Four Realities Circumscribing the Future of the Salish Sea”http://www.wwu.edu/salishseaconference/docs/2014x%20-%20Four%20Realities%20-%20Salish%20Sea%20Conference%20Keynote%20-%20Lackey%20-%20May%201,%202014.pdf
Coming to grips with the carrying capacity of the Salish Sea over this Century is important. “Beacons” – shining light on alternatives are needed.
 
As “Beacons,” the Lighthouses might also work with Community Solar Projects such as these to make an impact on young minds:http://www.sjislandscd.org/http://saltspringcommunityenergy.com/
Best,
Overend Joseph (“OJ”) Lougheed, Lopez Island

Double Whammy Workparties….

American Hiking Society Volunteers back at Odlin Park, Lopez Island

Here is Leader Sandy’s account of yesterday’s double work party on Patos Island, Both Keepers of the Patos Light and American Hiking Society Volunteers were on the island!

Sandy:

Thanks to you all! What a great work party!

From now on the blackberries had better beware! Gary B. annihilated them with his “saw on a stick,” Tom sliced them off with his unique blackberry tool and Laura and Duane got up close and personal with that invasive. Parvin and Terry hauled them off to oblivion after cleaning every one of the campsites (all 7 of them). OJ mowed up and down and all around until Laura wrested the mower away from him. Jennifer completed her transects (an accomplishment since they were in the brush). Gary F. and partner Jeannie joined with Linda to set up and prepare the lighthouse for the visitors and the volunteers.DSCF5814

We were very fortunate to be joined in our maintenance by the AHS volunteer vacation group and Nick on their last day in the San Juans. They worked on clearing the trail and cleaning the beach (alas no sea stars found).

 

All in all it was a beautiful day and a rewarding experience; thank you all so much for your time and efforts, so appreciated by the Parks personnel, the BLM and me. Good job!

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Our next work parties are scheduled for July 22nd, August 7th and September 16th. Let me know if you are interested.

 

Work Parties 2014

Here’s the schedule for spring/summer/fall work parties on Patos Island. Transportation to and from the island is provided by Washington State Parks/Sucia Island.

Inquire and/or sign up@ patoslightkeepers@hotmail.com

Here are the dates:

April 22nd

May 20th

June 20th (a Friday)

July 22nd

August 7th (the camp-out/sleepover will be between August 6th and 11th birthday party on the 10th).

September 16 

October 14th (to put the Island & lighthouse to bed for the season)

Volunteer Crew and Steve, ready to head out to Patos Island!

Volunteer Crew and Steve, ready to head out to Patos Island!

National Monument Committee!

Lopez and San Juan Island  Island Conservation Corps kids waving to us from the Lighthouse

Lopez and San Juan Island Island Conservation Corps kids waving to us from the Lighthouse

National Monument Advisory Committee Nominations Open Tomorrow

As someone on our informal Management Planning email list, you get a bit of a head start on this news. Tomorrow should see the publication of the official Federal Register announcement of the San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee (the official name of our RAC). This will open nominations, which will have a deadline 45 days later. We should see a press release from BLM when the publication happens and that announcement will go to my broader list, facebook, etc. Start thinking now about who you’d like to encourage to apply for this and who you are able to write endorsement letters for.

The Federal Register has made the announcement available in pre-publication form and it will become official on February 6. The announcement indicates that the press release from BLM will contain more information about nominations. The form of the nominations will likely follow the application linked to from the BLM’s RAC page.

There are no surprises in the announcement, which is copied below. Some key points are highlighted in bold.


This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 02/06/2014 and available online at http://federalregister.gov/a/2014-02536, and on FDsys.gov

4310-33
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Land Management
Notice of Intent to Establish and Call for Nominations for the San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee, Washington
AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.
ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is publishing this notice in accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). The BLM gives notice that the Secretary of the Interior is establishing the San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee. This notice also solicits nominations for members of the public to sit on the Committee. The Committee will provide information and advice regarding the development of the National Monument’s management plan as stated in the Presidential Proclamation establishing the Monument.

DATES: All nominations must be received by [INSERT DATE 45 DAYS AFTER DATE OF PUBLICATION IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER].
ADDRESSES: Nominations should be submitted to Daniel Picard, BLM Spokane District Manager, 1103 N. Fancher Road, Spokane, WA 99212, Attention: RAC Nominations.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel Picard, BLM Spokane District Manager, 509-536-1200.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FLPMA (43 U. S. C. 1739) directs the Secretary of the Interior to involve the public in planning and issues related to management of lands administered by the BLM. Section 309 of FLPMA directs the Secretary to establish 10-to-15-member citizen-based advisory councils that are consistent with FACA. The rules governing RACs are found at 43 CFR subpart 1784. As required by FACA, Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) membership must be balanced and representative of the various interests concerned with the management of the public lands. The San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee will be composed of 12 members: 2 members representing recreation and tourism interests, 2 members representing wildlife and ecological interests, 2 members representing cultural and heritage interests, 2 public-at-large members, 1 member representing tribal interests, 1 member representing local government, 1 member representing education and interpretation interests, and 1 member representing private landowners. Individuals may nominate themselves or others. Nominees must be residents of the district in which the RAC has jurisdiction. The BLM will evaluate nominees based on their education, training, experience, and knowledge of the geographic area of the RAC. Nominees should demonstrate a commitment to collaborative resource decision-making. The Obama Administration prohibits individuals who are currently federally registered lobbyists to serve on all FACA and non-FACA boards, committees or councils. The following must accompany all nominations.

  • Letters of reference from represented interests or organizations;
  • A completed background information nomination form; and
  • Any other information that addresses the nominee’s qualifications.

Simultaneous with this notice, the BLM Spokane District Office will issue a press release providing additional information for submitting nominations, with the specifics about the number and categories of member positions available.

CERTIFICATION STATEMENT: I certify that the BLM San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee is necessary and in the public interest in connection with the Secretary’s responsibilities to manage the lands, resources and facilities administered by the BLM.
(Authority: 43 CFR 1784.4-1).
Dated: Jan. 24, 2014.
_____________________________
Sally Jewell,
Secretary of the Interior.
[FR Doc. 2014-02536 Filed 02/05/2014 at 8:45 am; Publication Date: 02/06/2014]

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Great News For Washington Lighthouses!

PRESS RELEASE
February 18, 2014
Contact: Nan Devlin
nan@devlinendean.com
971 235-9785
Devlin Endean Marketing Group

Keep Washington Shining campaign spotlights lighthouse funding, encourages drivers to choose a Washington Lighthouse license plate.

Since 2009, license plates have funded $125,000 in restoration projects; more support needed to help preserve 13 nonprofit lighthouses open to public.

Coupeville, Wash. Feb. 18, 2014 – Lighthouse Environmental Programs (LEP), a Whidbey Island based non-profit organization announced today the launch of the Keep Washington Shining campaign to encourage drivers to choose a Washington Lighthouse specialty license plate for their car, motorcycle, trailer or RV. The campaign is designed to make drivers aware of the direct impact they have on ensuring Washington’s coastal treasures for generations to come.

The state’s iconic lighthouses are generously supported by the efforts of donors, enthusiasts, volunteers and other funding sources. A substantial portion of the funding for restoration, preservation and interpretive projects comes from grants supported by proceeds from sales of the Washington Lighthouse specialty license plate.

For each license plate sold and renewed, LEP, which manages the license plate funds, receives $28. To date, license plate sales have funded $125,000 in grants to help fund various projects for lighthouses all along Washington’s coastline.

“The $28 LEP receives is a tax-deductible donation for the driver, and one that many Washington employers will match,” said Julie Pigott, license plate grant administrator for LEP and the WSU Extension of Island County Lighthouse Program Coordinator in Coupeville. “We want our state drivers to know that the one simple thing of purchasing a Washington Lighthouse license plate makes all the difference in whether a lantern house or leaky roof can be repaired.”

Pigott says that keeping the state’s lighthouses in good condition is about more than preserving history.

“Lighthouses were vital in developing our entire state and region, helping ships of all types safely navigate our waterways,” said Pigott. “Today, they are equally vital to the vibrancy of coastal communities by attracting thousands and thousands of tourists each year.”

The 12 nonprofit lighthouses and one lightship eligible for grants attract maritime enthusiasts and cultural visitors every year. Log books show many visitors are from within Washington, yet for many lighthouses, a majority of visitors are from other states, as well as Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia. While admission to lighthouses is often free, these visitors will spend money on lodging, food and shopping, helping small businesses thrive.

A new website, washingtonlighthouses.org, features the history, stories, restoration efforts and visitor information about the lighthouses that benefit from LEP funds. These lighthouses include Admiralty Head (Coupeville, Whidbey Island), Browns Point (Tacoma) Burrows Island (near Anacortes), Grays Harbor (Westport), Lime Kiln (San Juan Islands), Mukilteo (Mukilteo), New Dungeness (Sequim), North Head (Ilwaco), Patos Island (San Juan Islands), Point No Point (Hansville, Kitsap Peninsula), Point Robinson (Vashon Island), Turn Point (San Juan Islands) and the Swiftsure Lightship (Seattle).

License plate funds also go toward three WSU Extension of Island County programs supported by LEP: WSU Beach Watchers, WSU Lighthouse Docents and WSU Waste Wise Volunteers.

For more information about LEP and the Keep Washington Shining campaign, visit washingtonlighthouses.org or follow on Facebook at Washington Lighthouses.

About Lighthouse Environmental Programs

LEP is established as a Washington Non-Profit Corporation to provide advisory support and fiduciary services for specified educational programs in Island County Washington. When you purchase a Washington Lighthouse license plate, your contribution funds restoration and preservation of the Admiralty Head Lighthouse and 12 other Washington State Lighthouses. Funds also go toward three Washington State University (WSU) Extension of Island County programs holding membership in LEP: WSU Beach Watchers, WSU Lighthouse Docents and WSU Waste Wise Volunteers. LEP also provides fiduciary functions supporting Keepers of Admiralty Head Lighthouse, a fund raising membership group focused on restoration and enhancement of the interpretive displays at Admiralty Head Lighthouse. For more information, visit washingtonlighthouses.org