Odlin South Lopez Island

SJC Parks and Recreation Commission Inviting Public Input on Odlin South Planning (updated June 2, 2017)

The DRAFT Management and Stewardship Plan and Appendix A Ecological Assessment for Odlin South are now available for review. Comments will be accepted through June 30th. We hope you'll take a few moments to review this document and submit your thoughts. 

The San Juan County Parks & Recreation Commission will be discussing the draft plan and taking comments at their June 22, 2017 meeting. This meeting will be held in the main picnic shelter at Odlin County Park on Lopez Island. An agenda will be posted on the County website about a week before the meeting. 

Parks & Fair Director, Dona Wuthnow will also take written comments at any time during June, so interested citizens can either come to the June 22 meeting or send your comments to donaw@sanjuanco.com; please put "Odlin South Draft Management Plan" as the subject of the e-mail.

The San Juan County Parks & Recreation Commission (PRC) and Parks staff want to thank the citizens who participated in the Open House on Thursday, August 25, 2016. We appreciate the time you took to learn about and share your vision for Odlin South. This meeting was the kick-off of the Odlin South management planning process.

Watch this space for updates!

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San Juan County entered into a 50-year lease with the WA Department of Natural Resources for this 100-acre parcel in 2011. The County is investigating full acquisition, keeping it in public ownership for recreation and natural resource conservation in perpetuity. The PRC would like to hear your ideas about planning for development, conservation, and the scope of recreational uses.

An ecological assessment of Odlin South

In 2011, San Juan County entered into a 50-year lease with the Department of Natural Resources for the 100 acre Lopez Island property known as Odin South. This land neighbors Odlin County Park, already in the Parks & Fair Department inventory. This lease stipulates use for public benefit such as fish and wildlife habitat, open space, or recreation, or any combination of these uses.

The County holds the right to purchase the residual value of the fee interest to accept a land transfer at fair market value, and there is some local support for this purchase. Acquisition of this rich parcel is targeted for 2017.

A recent ecological assessment (Rozewood Environmental Services, Inc.) reports a seasonal stream that bisects the mostly forested property and that several wetlands are present. Douglas fir dominates the property, and there are some stands of Sitka spruce, western white pine, and Noble fir. An outstanding quaking aspen population resides here, with some specimens larger than 30 inches dbh.

The property also features an extraordinary dense understory comprised of salal, oceanspray, salmonberry, snowberry, and stinging nettle. The density of these plants make foot travel off the established trails very difficult. A number of birds, mammals, fish, and invertebrates also reside in this area.

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Read the report and learn more about this project:

Odlin South property ecological assessment (PDF)

Odlin South property ecological assessment Slideshow (PPT)

Future Updates on the Project

As we move forward from the Ecological Assessment toward crafting a Management Plan for Odlin South, more information will be added to this page. As we reach out to the community for input on uses  and desires for this property, we will publish details here.

 If you would like to receive updates about this project, please e-mail us at parks@sanjuanco.com; please put “Odlin South notification, please” in the subject line. Or, you can sign up for specific Parks related notifications on the San Juan County website, http://www.sanjuanco.com/list.aspx.