Channel Islands National Park News
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On the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, Channel Islands plant species declared fully recovered
November 6, 2023 | 8:34 am
Ventura, Calif. - Two plants that live on California’s Channel Islands and nowhere else on earth – the Santa Cruz Island Dudleya and island bedstraw – have been declared fully recovered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service due to the collaborative efforts of conservation partners and no longer require Endangered Species Act protections. The delisting of the two species arrives as the Endangered Species Act celebrates 50 years of conservation in 2023.
Tourism to Channel Islands National Park Contributes $31.9 million to Local Economy
August 25, 2023 | 12:12 pm
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 323,000 visitors to Channel Islands National Park in 2022 spent $21.8 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 258 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $31.9 million.
Chumash Tomol Crossing to Channel Islands National Park
August 10, 2023 | 1:04 pm
Members of the Chumash Indian community, for the 20th time in modern history, will paddle across the Santa Barbara Channel on a 24-mile journey to Santa Cruz Island in a traditional Chumash tomol plank canoe called Muptami, or “Deep Memories.” This crossing, planned for Saturday August 12, 2023, will continue the cultural tradition of crossing the channel in a tomol to the Channel Islands as the Chumash did for thousands of years.
Channel Islands National Park seeks public input on a plan to improve accessibility for visitors with disabilities
June 21, 2023 | 5:10 pm
The National Park Service is seeking comments on a draft plan that provides recommendations for accessibility and removing barriers to key visitor experiences. Your participation is important to the planning process. The initial news release had an error in the link which has been corrected. The 30-day comment period is recommencing today and will end Friday, July 21, 2023.
Channel Islands National Park announces summer updates on reopening Santa Barbara Island for public visitation and extending San Miguel Island closure
May 30, 2023 | 4:35 pm
Channel Islands National Park is pleased to announce the reopening of Santa Barbara Island to public visitation. The closure to San Miguel Island will continue through the summer as repairs to Nidever Canyon trail are still underway. Access to Cuyler Harbor in San Miguel Island will remain open to the public.
National Park Service honors employees in Hawaii and California for their dedication to preserving the nation’s heritage
May 15, 2023 | 11:00 am
For the 2022 Regional Awards for Cultural Resources, the National Park Service celebrates three employees in the Pacific West Region for their dedication to preserving the nation’s heritage. Congratulations to Tom Leatherman of Pearl Harbor National Memorial, Joseph Kaiama of Kalaupapa National Historical Park, and Laura Kirn of Channel Islands National Park!
Park Announces Finding of No Significant Impact for Fire Management Plan
April 7, 2023 | 4:21 pm
The National Park Service issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Channel Islands National Park Fire Management Plan (FMP) Environmental Assessment (EA). The EA was initially released for public comment in October 2022.
Channel Islands National Park announces award of 10-year contract to provide year-round boat transportation service
March 15, 2023 | 5:00 pm
VENTURA, Calif. - The National Park Service (NPS) announced today a 10-year concession contract award to Island Packers to provide year-round boat transportation service from Ventura to Santa Cruz Island, Anacapa Island, Santa Rosa Island, San Miguel Island, and Santa Barbara Island within Channel Islands National Park. Island Packers is a new company that will be formed from the merger of the current concession, Island Packers Corporation and Superboat Incorporated. The Island Packers Corporation has held the current concession contract since 2011. The new contract will begin on January 1, 2024.
Partial Closure of San Miguel Island Due to Safety Concerns
February 6, 2023 | 2:51 pm
All trails and facilities on San Miguel Island, except the sandy beaches of Cuyler Harbor, are closed to the public until emergency repairs can be made to Nidever Canyon Trail.
Channel Islands National Park & Coast Guard respond to grounded fishing vessel on Santa Cruz Island
December 15, 2022 | 3:24 pm
Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary is working closely with the United States Coast Guard, state, and local agencies responding to a fishing vessel that ran aground on Santa Cruz Island Thursday morning. The cause of the incident is currently under investigation.