Our Work

The San Juan Islands: Precious. Finite. Worth protecting.

Friends of the San Juans protects and restores the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea for people and nature— since 1979. We champion clean water, forests, food, and healthy communities by using science, education, and advocacy. Our innovative programs help the region’s environment and economy thrive.





Thriving on

the Land

Our Impact


islanders explored, restored, and learned at Friends events in 2016.


hours volunteered for beach & stream restoration in 2015.


tons of toxic, creosote-treated material removed from local waters in 2015.

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Tomorrow is the day to tell the Town of Friday Harbor that you support their plastic bag ban!

On January 19 at 5:30 p.m., the Town Council of Friday Harbor will hold a public hearing to consider their ordinance for the regulation of single-use carryout plastic bags. This ordinance would be the same as the one that was passed by San Juan County in October. Please join us in expressing your support for this important ordinance by submitting a written comment ahead of time or providing public testimony at the hearing on the 19th. Written comments may be delivered to Town Hall or should be forwarded to the Town Clerk, PO Box 219, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 or amyt@fridayharbor.org. Friends will also be delivering our petition that was signed by over 500 people in the summer and fall.
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San Juan Islanders standing for the Salish Sea against Kinder Morgan! #salishseastands ... See MoreSee Less

Here's the San Juan Island contingent standing against Kinder Morgan at Monday's rally right on Haro Strait - where there would be a seven-fold increase in tanker traffic if the Trans Mountain Pipelin...

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#Islanders celebrated #MLKDay by #protesting the #KinderMorgan #pipeline #expansion, with Friends of the San Juans and #organizers. #Read: pnw.cc/YjzC3087Wa5

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Great coverage and pictures from the Journal of the San Juans from the San Juan Island Kinder Morgan rally on Monday! ... See MoreSee Less

#Islanders celebrated #MLKDay by #protesting the #KinderMorgan #pipeline #expansion, with Friends of the San Juans and #organizers. #Read: pnw.cc/YjzC3087Wa5

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“I want the beach to be able to be here for my grandchildren… for my nieces, nephews, and godchildren. That’s when we made the decision to contact Friends of the San Juans.”

Mariluz Villa, participating shoreline restoration project property owner

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Photos by: Mark Gardner (Healthy Seas), Mark Gardner (Thriving on the Land)

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