So Far, So Good For National Park Service Staff At Tule Lake

One of the small group discussions during a public meeting on July 24, 2013, in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, where the National Park Service solicited community feedback regarding the development of the Tule Lake Unit of the World War II Valor In The Pacific National Monument. NPS staff member Anna Tamura, who is featured in this story, is shown here, top left.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

LOS ANGELES — Being part of the Manzanar Committee, and having served on the Manzanar National Historic Site Advisory Commission from 1994-2002, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with most of the National Park Service (NPS) employees who have served on staff at Manzanar since it became a unit of the NPS back in 1992.

Since that time, something I’ve said over and over is that the general public, the people of the Owens Valley, and in particular, the Japanese American community, have been extremely fortunate to have such amazing, dedicated, quality people working at Manzanar.

On July 24, I had the opportunity to meet some of the NPS staff working at the Tule Lake Unit of the World War II Valor In The Pacific National Monument, including Superintendent Mike Reynolds, and Anna Tamura, Planning Lead for the Tule Lake Unit, Pacific West Region, who is working to develop the General Management Plan (GMP) for Tule Lake (see National Park Service Is “At The Ground Floor” In Planning For Tule Lake).

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National Park Service Is “At The Ground Floor” In Planning For Tule Lake

A former Tule Lake incarceree shared his
story during a National Park Service
meeting on July 24, 2013, in
Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo.
Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

LOS ANGELES — For the past five weeks, and continuing through September 19, 2013, National Park Service (NPS) staff have been and will be traveling up and down the West Coast, meeting with former Tule Lake incarcerees and others, collecting their feedback on how the Tule Lake Unit of the World War II Valor In The Pacific National Monument should be developed and managed.

NPS staff began right around the site of the Tule Lake Segregation Center, with meetings in the towns of Tulelake and Klamath Falls, California, followed by meetings in Portland and Hood River, Oregon, and Auburn and Seattle, Washington.

Most recently, NPS staff was in the Los Angeles area, holding two meetings in Little Tokyo on July 24 and 27, with meetings in Carson on July 25, and in San Diego on July 26, in between.

“What we’re trying to do, being that Tule Lake is newly-established, we really want to get input from folks who want to help guide us, or give us advice on what Tule Lake, as a National Park Service unit, should look like,” said Mike Reynolds, Superintendent, Tule Lake Unit of the World War II Valor In The Pacific and Lava Beds National Monuments, following the July 24 meeting in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo. “I thought tonight was a great meeting, because we got a lot of a good input.”

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