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 restore habitat, protect water, forest, farmland and endangered species, while building thriving communities in the San Juan Islands through education, science, advocacy, and citizen engagement.





Thriving on

the Land

Friends of the San Juans respectfully acknowledges and honors the fact that this beautiful place we call home is comprised of the ancestral lands, waters, and natural resources of the Coast Salish peoples. The Coast Salish peoples have cared for and stewarded the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea since time immemorial — and continue to do so — and we honor their inherent, aboriginal, and treaty rights that have been passed down from generation to generation.

Our Impact in 2020


native trees, shrubs, and beach grasses planted at 5 sites providing shoreline bank stabilization, insects for juvenile salmon, and shade for forage fish eggs.


local contractors helped Friends implement restoration actions at 7 shoreline sites, supporting the County’s economy and achieving habitat recovery goals.


petition signers and 40 organizations joined Friends in opposing Roberts Bank Terminal 2 which would increase vessel traffic impacts and risks to environmental, cultural, and economic resources.

The Latest

Shout out to the hugely talented artist Larry Eifert and to Viking Excavation of Orcas for doing a great job on the install: the beautiful and informative Mud Bay restoration interpretive panels are up and getting a lot of attention from visitors. Check them out the next time you are on Sucia Island. ... See MoreSee Less
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Our science team ventured out to Sucia Island today to conduct the year one monitoring of our salmon restoration site at Mud Bay. This included post project photos to monitor how the marsh has changed, forage fish beach surveys and checking out the new interpretive signs that were installed! Thanks to Coastal Geological Services who were there as well to conduct their physical and visual monitoring as well. Happy to report the new natural beach is looking great!Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission...#salmonrestoration#marinefoodweb#sanjuanislands#rearinghabitat#saltmarsh#science#restoration#enhancement#foragefish#salmon#orcawhales ... See MoreSee Less
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Wind and rain! The first notable winds of the season are picking up today, with possible gusts up to 60mph. Summer can make us all a bit complacent, and the first winds of the season may end up carrying a lot of trash to our waterways as a result. Homeowners and business owners: please take a look around your property for items that need to be put away or tied down.Boaters: check that your lines are secured and all items on deck are tied down. ... See MoreSee Less
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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

Photos by: Mark Gardner (SRKW Action Center), Mark Gardner (Thriving on the Land)

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