June 16, 2013 6 Comments
Editor’s Note: We’re a bit late posting this, but the following is a letter from Mike Reynolds, Superintendent, Tule Lake Unit World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, dated May 17, 2013.
Dear Friends of Tule Lake,
In 2012, the National Park Service held a series of meetings with people who have close connections to Tule Lake. These people included Tule Lake survivors, representatives of Japanese American organizations, historic preservation organizations, and park neighbors. The meetings were intended to initiate communication with people connected with Tule Lake. After those meetings, it became evident we needed an interim plan to guide our efforts while a larger planning process begins in 2013.
The ideas you provided during the 2012 meetings guided the creation of the Tule Lake Unit Five Year Strategic Plan. This interim plan provides immediate direction for establishing a foundation for operations and management. It contains goals, strategies, and projects that are aimed at gathering baseline information about Tule Lake, stabilizing at-risk resources, and creating an organizational framework for integrating Tule Lake’s operations with those at Lava Beds National Monument. We invite you to read this plan to understand our goals over the next few years and to stimulate your thinking about Tule Lake’s long term future.