Replace Temporary American Camp Visitor Center with New Permanent Building
The National Park Service is proposing to improve the facilities at the American Camp visitor center site within San Juan Island National Historical Park. The proposed action entails the replacement of the 39 year-old "temporary" visitor center with a new facility that would highlight the rich cultural history of the area as well as the spectacular natural setting of American Camp. In addition, the visitor center entrance road would be relocated just north of its existing intersection with Cattle Point Road. Park operational facilities, including administrative campsites, maintenance and resource management areas, would also be reconfigured.
The purpose of this project would be to replace the antiquated trailer with new facilities that would greatly enhance public health and safety, as well as, the visitor experience and understanding of the cultural and natural setting of American Camp and its regional context, to provide updated park operational facilities, and to improve the safety of the entrance road and enhance the visitor arrival experience.
An environmental assessment (EA) has been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and its implementing regulations (40 CFR 1500-1508) and Director's Order 12: Conservation Planning, Environmental Impact Analysis, and Decision-making and its accompanying handbook to assess the alternatives and their impacts on the environment. The EA examines two alternatives: a no-action alternative (alternative 1), and the proposed action (alternative 2) to improve the facilities at the American Camp visitor center site.