Channel Islands :The Greatest Place In The World
Channel Islands National Park has five amazing islands and their ocean environment, preserving and protecting a lot of natural and cultural resources. Isolation over hundreds and hundreds of years has created strange animals, plants, and archeological resources found nowhere else in the world and helped preserve a fabulous place where people who visit can experience coastal southern California as it is and always will be! Now............Welcome To CHANNEL ISLANDS!!!! :D
The islands were the only part of the British Commonwealth to be inhabited By Hitlers army during World War 2. The Channel Islands were even an archipelago of the British Crown dependencies in the English population of about 168,000 which isn't that much because the total area of the islands is 194 km squared. All of the permanently inhabited islands of the Channel Islands are Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Herm, Jethou, and Brecqhou.
Jersey and Guernsey are both of the biggest islands. However the smaller islands get their money from tourism and agriculture. The islands were set aside by Congress not only to preserve these resources, but also to provide people enjoyment. If you visit the park, you will be one of a very select group. Few people actually see this park because it is not easy to get to-you can't drive to the islands(DUH). A short but exciting ocean voyage or a commercial flight in a small airplane is mandatory. The park is one of the least visited of all of America's national parks. The light visitation enhances the islands' feeling of solitude and assists in the protection of fragile resources. In establishing the park, Congress recognized the value of solitude by allowing for low intensity, limited entry visitation. So a visit to this national park will always provide a marked contrast to the bustle of southern California most people experience.
Our 5 Fun Facts
1.A permanent ranger resides on each island. Reservations are needed for camping. Fishing and diving are strictly regulated and airplanes are asked to keep their distance.
2.About 70 different species of plants grow only on the islands, and some plants exist on but one of them. The islands shelter the only breeding colony of northern fur seals south of Alaska. To help native animals, park managers have gotten rid of such non-native species as black rats, burros, rabbits, and feral cats
3.The Channel Islands at low elevations are virtually frost-free and constitute one of the few such areas in the 48 contiguous US states. It snows only rarely, on higher mountain peaks
4.Natural seepage of oil occurs at several places in the Santa Barbara Channel. Tar balls or pieces of tar in little numbers are found in the kelp and on the beaches. Native Americans used naturally occurring tar, bitumen, for a variety of purposes which include roofing, waterproofing, paving and some ceremonial purposes
5.Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, and the Environmental Defense Center have launched a new trial incentive program to slow ships down in the Santa Barbara Channel in an effort to reduce air pollution and increase protection of endangered whales