Tourism Cares for Angel Island
On Friday, June 4, 2010, hundreds of travel industry volunteers descended on Angel Island and truly made a difference. Tourism Cares would like to thank everyone for their support and hard work!
Angel Island key facts:
- Eighty-five cubic yards of slash and undergrowth were removed from the eucalyptus grove at Camp Reynolds, greatly reducing the spread of wild fire and protecting the historic site for many years to come. The reduction of fuel load will also promote a healthier grove and reduce wood boring insects from spreading tree diseases.
- Two cords of wood were split and stacked at the Quarter Master building which will provide 3 months of firewood for the Environmental Living Program. The wood will be used as fuel for cooking meals for hundreds of inner city school children who will experience what life was like as a soldier during the Civil War in the late 1800s
- Forty-eight cords of firewood were stacked at North Garrison. It will be used to heat 14 homes on Angel Island to reduce the total power bill annually by $20,000. The cost saving on the power will be returned to the general upkeep of the island and interpretive programs for schools and public use.
- Six-hundred lineal feet of drainage ditch were cleaned and repaired. Removing the silt and leaves will promote drainage and protect sensitive environmental areas from erosion.
- Eighty lineal feet of decorative redwood 4x4 dividers were replaced in the passenger loading area thus reducing tripping hazards and improving visitor safety.
- Seventy-eight cubic yards of junk and garbage were picked up in the East Garrison warehouse area reducing unneeded clutter and improving the aesthetic appearance of the area.
- 2,500 terracotta roof tiles were stacked and organized, saving a valuable resource. The roof tile will be used to repair 28 Mission Revival buildings that date back to 1910.
About Angel Island:
Angel Island is an historic and picturesque island located in San Francisco Bay. Its rich and diverse history dates back nearly 3,000 years, beginning as a hunting and fishing ground for the ancient Miwok Indians. Angel Island has served as:
- A Civil War encampment
- An immigration station for thousands of Chinese immigrants from 1910-1940
- A discharge depot and recruitment center during WWI
- An embarkation station and POW camp during WWII
- A Nike missile base from 1955-1962
Today, the island is visited by thousands of people who experience its history and recreational activities. Due to extreme budget cuts at California State Parks, Angel Island needs our help to clear and restore recreational areas and trails throughout the island.