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We’re hiring a Staff Attorney

September 26, 2018

Friends is looking for a Staff Attorney to join our team. The Staff Attorney will represent our legal advocacy and policy work and supervise our summer legal intern program. The Staff Attorney will assist Friends in implementing our mission to protect and restore the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea for people and nature. ... read more

We’re hiring a Marine Program Assistant

September 17, 2018

Position Summary: Friends of the San Juans is looking for a part time assistant to provide support to existing nearshore research, education, restoration, and protection projects. Primary tasks include: field work (mostly winter season sand lance beach surveys), landowner communications, boater/community outreach and education, volunteer coordination and assistance with restoration project planning, implementation and monitoring. ... read more

Attend the Lopez Village Master Plan Hearing – 9/21

September 6, 2018

September 21, 10:30 a.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts Attend the joint San Juan County Council and Planning Commission Public Hearing on the final draft of the Lopez Village Sub Area Plan. Please provide your support for the existing strong language on environmental protection and climate change considerations in the subarea plan as ... read more

Good News! Trans Mountain Pipeline Approval Rejected!

August 31, 2018

The Federal Court of Appeals of Canada rejected the government’s approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline on August 30!   The reasons for this decision:   1. The Canadian government failed to consider the impacts of marine vessel traffic on the Southern Resident Killer Whales and their environment, citing “the risk of significant, ... read more

Join us for our Annual Meeting & Salish Sea Day of Action – 9/15!

August 8, 2018

Join us on Saturday, September 15 at the Friends of the San Juans Annual Meeting on Shaw Island. Friends of the San Juans Annual Meeting A Day of Action for the Salish Sea Saturday, September 15 1 – 3 p.m. Special Guest Hon. Kevin Ranker, Senator 40th   Shaw Island Community Center, Blind Bay Rd., Shaw Island ... read more

Michel Vekved Joins Friends!

July 3, 2018

We’re excited to announce the addition of Michel Vekved as Friends’ Director of Philanthropy. Michel will be responsible for increasing the frequency and reach to our community, cultivating and strengthening long term relationships, strategic planning for legacy, and developing major gifts. “I am deeply honored to join the Friends and work with an exceptional staff, ... read more

See our 2017 Annual Report

June 14, 2018

Click here to check out our 2017 Annual Report. We’re really excited to share all this information with you!

We’re Hiring a Development Coordinator

May 18, 2018

Position Summary: Friends of the San Juans seeks a new team member to lead day-to-day membership cultivation and stewardship, including gift solicitation, membership renewals, database management, and major donor communications. The candidate should be organized, flexible, able to work independently, and be an excellent communicator both in person and in writing. At least one year ... read more

Mud Bay Event – Hands-on Beach Activities May 26 on Lopez!

May 17, 2018

Friends of the San Juans, the San Juan Preservation Trust, and Lopez smelt fisherman Randy O’Bryant invite you to spend an afternoon surveying for incubating surf smelt eggs and conducting a shallow water beach seine. Learn more about the fish that share your shoreline and how you can help protect and improve their habitat into ... read more

Attend a Shoreline Vegetation Workshop in May

April 26, 2018

Vegetation Workshops for Waterfront Property Owners The shorelines of San Juan County are part of a beautiful, complex and increasingly fragile marine ecosystem. Healthy coastal trees and shrubs help stabilize banks, provide for views, and support fish and wildlife. Attend a free workshop hosted by Friends of the San Juans to learn about cost effective ... read more

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