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
- Shoreline stabilization to protect historic Apostle Islands buildings completedTons of boulders now protect a fragile shoreline and historic structures on Sand Island.
- Exciting news! Friends update – Summer 2020We’ve got some exciting news to share about the park, its 50th Anniversary celebration and the Friends.
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- What We Propose to Do: 2017 Projects In BriefClear wilderness trails affected by the Summer 2016 wind storm Resurrect Historical Day Marker Navigational Aids at Raspberry Island Light Station Help fund a ranger’s time for the Island School and pay for transportation Provide funding to help finish constructing an early 1900’s Raspberry Island Lightkeeper’s rowing tender; a 16’ skiff that will be housed atContinue reading “What We Propose to Do: 2017 Projects In Brief”
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