Farewell friend and foe in Ebey’s Reserve


It is with hopeful anticipation and sadness that I am packing up my stuff, readying to leave Ebey’s Prairie, my home for 68 years, and my family’s home for four generations.

As I hike the prairie, beach and bluff my mind is clouded with fond memories of people and events gone by.

I want to say to all of my Coupeville friends, and your ancestors, I love you and thank you for being such an important part of my life, weaving together what has been a rich, varied and vital community. What a great life, I cherish my time in Coupeville.

My mission in life has been to protect and preserve Ebey’s Prairie. Mentored and cheered on by Jimmie Jean Cooke, Albert Heath, Ned Johnston, Roger Leed and others, my work is done.

Notwithstanding the Navy’s destruction of the citizens’ health, safety, welfare and clean water, and its callous disregard for the sanctity of the Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, Ebey’s is in good shape and good hands.

With the capable efforts of NPS Reserve Operations Manager Roy Zipp, the Trust Board and Reserve Manager Kristen Griffin, the town and county, I believe that Ebey’s might be preserved forever.

I am pleased and proud to have been able to participate in this effort, a grand experiment in land conservation.

I urge all citizens to get involved and participate in the preservation and protection of this unique place in which you live. Don’t be afraid to fight for what you love. Remember, if you are not actively against something then you are implicitly for it.

Now, to all of those Navy lovers who authored but didn’t sign the horrible hate mail to me, some even anti-Semitic, you all said I should just move and that you would help. Where are you when I need you?

Good luck to all, friend and foe, your work is cut out for you.

Ken Pickard


More in Letters to the Editor

Letter: Sharpe’s Corner a job well done

Editor, There was a good bit of opposition when the Washington State… Continue reading

Letter: A poor design for the big trucks

Editor, As one who spoke up against the roundabout traffic circle plans,… Continue reading

Letter: Letter writer is not an expert, Navy is

Editor, I think the U.S. Navy knows a bit more about the… Continue reading

Letter: Reasons are many to go see ‘Daddy Long Legs’

Editor, My husband and I greatly enjoyed the current production at Whidbey… Continue reading

Letter: Please help to re-open city’s swimming pool

Editor, It’s beyond embarrassing that a city the size of Oak Harbor… Continue reading

Letter: Growler noise will turn Coupeville a ghost town

Editor, I love living in Coupeville. My daughter thrives in school. It’s… Continue reading

Letter: Be advised, the jets will never leave Whidbey

Editor, In their last desperate throes of achieving a political solution, the… Continue reading

Letter: How about eminent domain as a solution?

Editor, Enough with the arguments about OLF Coupeville. This has gone on… Continue reading

Letter: Concerned by a lack of civil discourse over noise

Editor, I am a Navy veteran and served as a division officer… Continue reading

Most Read