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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.





Thriving on

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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A backyard reminder of the importance of our collective work to prevent oil spills and increase safe shipping.An Alaskan rail barge has crashed into Quadra Island in the Salish Sea, compromising its hull. Fortunately, no fuel is carried below decks on this type of barge but it serves as a huge reminder that accidents DO happen.
Articulated Tug Barges (ATB’s)
carrying over 10 million litres of fuel continue to transit the Inside Passage headed for Alaska and if this had been one of them, the Discovery Islands could be bathing in a fuel spill a third the size of Exxon Valdez.
We need to stop allowing ATB’s on the Inside Passage and instead, ship these products in tankers off the west coast of Vancouver Island.
#articulatedtugbarge #alaskamarinelines #salishsea #shipwreck #oilspill
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November sunshine, motivated students and beautiful beaches- welcome sand lance spawning season! ... See MoreSee Less

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Beautiful (as well as productive and fun!) morning on Shaw with volunteers conducting forage fish spawn habitat surveys ... 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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