IMAGINE Setting Foot

in History...

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JOIN IN THE VISION To create a non-motorized multi-use trail from English Camp to American Camp. Celebrate and honor the historic Old Military Road by utilizing current trails, select conserved lands, lightly traveled roads and voluntary easements on private lands.

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Our Mission:

Our mission is to turn our shared vision into reality. The Old Military Road Trail Committee seeks to create a modern, multi-use trail wherever possible from English to American Camp to serve as a backbone trail down San Juan Island.

To do this, we must gain broad public support, voluntary trail easements on public and private lands and in-kind contributions of labor and materials.

As an official advisory committee of the Island Park and Recreation District, we will work with partner agencies, organizations and individuals who support this vision.

Creating this trail will commemorate and conserve our unique history and will highlight the beauty of the island. The trail will connect people to the land with a recreational legacy to enjoy now and for generations to come.

"Of all the paths you take in life,

make sure some of them are dirt."

~ Anonymous

Accomplished to Date:
  • Informal concept of a modern Old Military Road Trail renewed-March, 2019

  • Organized as The Old Military Road Trail (OMRT) committee of Island Rec-June, 2019

  • Presentations to private and public organizations resulting in letters of support.

  • Participation with National Parks booth at the August San Juan County Fair.

  • Creation and distribution of OMRT Brochure

  • Awarded technical assistance grant from the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program of the National Park Service, Fall 2019; grant renewed for another year in 2021

  • Completed OMRT Concept Proposal, Feb. 2021

What’s Up Now:
  • Scheduling presentations to community groups and organizations to inform the public about the OMRT and receive feedback

  • Working with key partners to further develop the planned route

  • Working with RTCA in 2021 to further refine message and communicate with the public

What’s Next:
  • Visible presence at community events on San Juan Island to engage with the public face-to-face as Covid restrictions recede in 2021 and beyond

  • Opening Segment 1 of the OMRT from American Camp Visitor Center to the Frazer Homestead Preserve in 2021

  • Continue working with key partners and the public to identify specific trail routes on  other OMRT segments, and opening additional segments one-at-a-time when the necessary preparation is complete

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