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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.





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the Land

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islanders explored, restored, and learned at Friends events in 2017.


square feet of forage fish spawning beach restored in 2017.


people attended ``Salish Sea Stands Against Kinder Morgan`` rallies in this islands in 2017.

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3 days ago

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Friends of the San Juans Staff Attorney, Kyle Loring, and Tina Whitman, our Science Director, are fighting for natural beaches, forage fish, salmon and orca today in front of San Juan County Hearing Examiner Gary McLean. We seek denial for new after-the-fact bulkhead and mitigation for illegal unpermitted bulkhead. ... See MoreSee Less

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4 days ago

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Wonderful to see the Southern Residents!Last Thursday Lennie and I had the most amazing experience with the Southern Resident orcas off Estevan Point - North West of Tofino. Initially the report was of 30 orcas, but All of J pod, and members of K and L were seen, with more whales on the horizon we could not get photos of. It is possible the entire population of Southern Residents was in the area! ... See MoreSee Less

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5 days ago

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We’re so proud of these students and are happy they are being recognized for their awesome work to reduce energy in our community!Friday Harbor High School Team wins ‘Best Project from a Newly Competing Team’ at Washington State University’s Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow science fair competition.

Over the weekend of May 18th – 20th, two teams from Friday Harbor High School competed in the Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow Science Fair at Washington State University. The Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow challenges 9th through 12th graders to seek new ways to support the transition to sustainability. Students research complex topics related to sustainability, then innovate technologies, designs, or plans to mobilize behavior. They forge connections in their communities and create positive change. In this competition, as in life, solutions are limited only by imagination.

The two teams brought projects based on making Friday Harbor a better place in terms of food, energy, water and resources. Sander Van Hamersfeld, Emmett Carrier and Charlie Zehner developed a project looking at the possibilities of using computer controlled micro-farms to reduce the amount of produce that San Juan Island needed to import. Ayla Ridwan, Kai Di Bona and Raylee Miniken developed a project, with the help of Katie Flemming and Friends of San Juan as part of a Cool School Challenge through Opalco, that looked at how to make the high school and elementary school staff and students more energy conscious. Each group spent all day on Saturday presenting to engineers, managers, directors and other staff from Alaska Airlines, Boeing, Intron, Puget Sound Energy and other industry leaders. At the end of the day Ayla, Kai and Raylee’s work on energy use in Friday Harbor was selected as the “Best Project From a Newly Participating School’ in our congressional district. These students showed an amazing ability to communicate their idea, it’s importance and how it might impact our community. Students from the winning teams were awarded a cash prize, certificates of achievement and high praise from the judges on their projects.

This is the 11th and final year of the competition at Washington State University and the students performed so well that both teams have expressed interest in developing their ideas further and bringing them to the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair next March as a qualifier for the Intel Science and Engineering Fair in 2019.
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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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