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

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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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

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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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It’s Happening at Last!

President Obama will announce on Monday! http://blogs.seattletimes.com/politicsnorthwest/2013/03/21/obama-to-designate-national-monument-in-san-juan-islands/

Thanks to all of us who worked on the Islanders for a National Conservation Area committee for the past four years. Patos Island and all the other BLM properties in the San Juan Islands will be forever protected.

First glimpse of the lighthouse

First glimpse of the lighthouse

Patos Island in the early 1950s

Patos Island in the early 1950s

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Super Docent Barb talks to a visiting family

Super Docent Barb talks to a visiting family

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Docent Kyra and Rose welcome lighthouse visitors

Docent Kyra and Rose welcome lighthouse visitors

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Come one, come all!

Come one, come all!

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Lighthouse docents kite flying at sunset

Lighthouse docents kite flying at sunset

A National Monument Designation, Perhaps?

Our beautiful lighthouse from the air

Our beautiful lighthouse from the air

With Interior Secretary Salazar’s retirement from his post in the next month or so, we have been hoping for his legacy to include designation of the BLM properties in the San Juan Islands (yes, this includes ‘our” Patos Island) as a National Monument.

Islanders for a National Conservation Area gather in 2012

Islanders for a National Conservation Area gather in 2012

For years we have been hoping for long term protection of these lands, and for months now we have been crossing our eyes, ears, and thumbs that our dream would soon become a reality. Now we have a second chance if Secretary Salazar does not act before he leaves office. It looks like President Obama will be nominating REI (Recreational Equipment Incorporated) CEO, Sally Jewell, to be the incoming Secretary of the Interior. From what I have read,  Sally Jewell is the ultimate outdoor woman and advocate for conservation of public lands.

BLM Ranger Nick Teague shows a map of BLM Lands in San Juan County

BLM Ranger Nick Teague shows a map of BLM Lands in San Juan County

REI is a legendary outdoor company in the Pacific Northwest. The company is based in Washington State and is member owned. Here are the details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/REI

At this point we are not giving up on Secretary Salazar, but it is nice to also see the future looking so promising as well!

Read the story here: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-02-06/sally-jewell-obamas-interior-pick-has-something-for-everybody