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Community-driven action, by the numbers

45

Number of years Friends has supported wild and thriving lands, shorelines & seas in the San Juan Islands.

400

youth experienced
life under the water through
our Immersive Salish Sea Education Program.

450

shoreline homeowners
empowered and educated
to manage their property,
the natural way!

698

people signed our petition
in support of improved
oil transfer safety rules in the Salish Sea.

1,000

volunteer hours searching
for forage fish eggs
on 95 beaches.

Friends of the San Juans respectfully honors that this beautiful place we strive to protect and restore comprises the lands, waters, and tangible and intangible resources of the Northern Straits peoples, which consisted of the Sooke, Songhees, Saanich, and Semiahmoo bands of British Columbia and Lummi and Samish Tribes of Washington. We honor the salmon, the orca, and the plants and creatures that make the islands and the Salish Sea unique and significant. We have much to learn from the Tribes who have cared for and stewarded the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea since time immemorial—and continue to do so. We honor the inherent Treaty Rights passed down from generation to generation. Our community shares the responsibility of upholding Treaty Rights entered into by the leaders of sovereign nations, including the United States.

It wasn’t until 1979 that San Juan County got a comprehensive growth plan and that was largely due to the Friends of the San Juan’s being there to advocate for the shoreline and the ecosystem. Since then, there have been constant waves of pressure by developers. Friends have risen each time, fighting to protect this fragile and precious place.

Liza Michaelson

member, San Juan Island