There’s a legacy in these islands.
“In a world that grows faster, noisier and more congested our remaining green spaces, grand vistas and scenes like these will be more necessary than ever…”John Muir, Father of the National Park Service
Anyone who has been here feels it in the rocks, the waves, and the islands ability to sustain life, both natural and cultural. One billion years in the making (geologically speaking) 350 years home to the Ojibway people, and more recently a history of logging, farming, maritime interests, fishing and quarrying. The interdependence of people with this landscape is in every story. Friends is humbled and energized by this legacy and our mission to secure its future. To do that we will involve users, embolden future advocates, collect baseline data, and preserve the artifacts that give us the stories. We agree with former park superintendent Bob Krumenaker, “The significance of each national park grows with time.”
Here are examples of some of the stewardship projects the Friends have helped to facilitate:
- Protecting piping plovers at Julian Bay
- Planting grasses to restore dunes
- Wilderness Trail Clearing from a storm in designated wilderness
- Restoring Light Station Historical Gardens
- Replacing Historical Day Markers used for navigation
- Clearing brush around Raspberry light station
- Building Accessible Trails and campsites for the sake of protecting cultural and natural resources from erosion
- Installing bat houses to house declining bat populations
- Purchasing bear boxes to keep island bears safe
- Restoring Raspberry Island’s Boat House
- Funding the replication of a light keeper’s tender for display at Raspberry Light
- Securing funding for West Bay Club’s deteriorating chimney
- Purchasing solar shares for Little Sand Bay’s new Visitor Center
- Providing protective room curtains for the Devil’s Island Fresnel lens
- Seeking Dark Sky and Natural Sounds Designation
- Exploring Citizen Science Project Ideas
- Assuring protection of a bryophyte collection from the Apostle Islands
- Watch: Historic flag raising ceremony at Little Sand BayFor the first time since the creation of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, the flag of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa was permanently raised over the park on June 23rd, 2021.
- Kids paint their passion for the Apostle Islands as stewardship flags fly high at Bayfield Art FairArtists as young as a-year-and-a-half up to adults painted more than 100 flags showing their love for the Apostle Islands.
- A challenge for participants and for you, as the Apostle Islands 50th Anniversary Resource Stewardship Symposium endsSaying, “stewardship starts with collaboration,” Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Superintendent Lynne Dominy closed the 2-day online symposium with three questions.
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