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Words from the Next Generation: Gift and Responsibility

September 10, 2021

As humans, we can manipulate and change our environment. In the last few centuries, we have abused this power, killing thousands of species, destroying entire ecosystems, and bringing the planet to the brink of irreversible, catastrophic climate change, and all that comes with it (such as widespread fires, extreme heat events, and increasingly powerful storms). ... read more

Motivation, Values, and Attention

September 10, 2021

What life can and will look like in the San Juan Islands is up to all of us. How will you help protect the island environment? We live, visit, work, and play in the San Juan Islands, a magical place that many claim as one of the most magnificent in their worldly travels. A place ... read more

Tree protections? Planning for growth? Your help is needed by Sept 14!

September 10, 2021

It’s time to spring into action! On the morning of Tuesday, September 14th, the County Council will hold a hearing on the 2021 docket. This year’s docket includes proposals for new tree-protection standards, stormwater-management standards, and doing an important “build-out analysis” for our County. These all deserve our community’s attention and support. The purpose of ... read more

Philanthropy is a strategic act of optimism.

August 7, 2021

The fact that you’re reading this shows you care about the future of the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea. Friends of the San Juans’ philanthropic donors share your values, and they are aligning their philanthropy with their passion for the serenity, health, and natural beauty of our Islands. For these supporters, a plan ... read more

Words from the Next Generation: Parties without Plastic

July 8, 2021

For many, summer is a time for gatherings with family and friends, now more than ever after a year of isolation. However, parties can become synonymous with plastic—food, utensils, cups, plates, even decorations all comprised of the everlasting polymer. To help you participate in Plastic Free July, this articleexplores alternatives to the conventional plastic-based party. A meal is often at the center of a get-together, but ... read more

The Joys and Responsibilities of Stewardship

July 8, 2021

Living in the islands brings joys and responsibilities — we benefit deeply from our connections to nature, and in return we work to ensure the long-term health and vitality of our islands and the Salish Sea. As one of our Friends members once said, “You have to be more careful with an island.” Together we ... read more

Following Waste in the San Juans: A Comprehensive Update

June 11, 2021

Research by Linnea Morris and Ela Angevine, Written by Ela Angevine When people tell you that you can do things at home to be more environmentally friendly, live more sustainable, recycling is one of the first things that comes up, right? They say, “Recycling. It’s easy.” Well, I’m here to tell you, to console you, that it is not easy. ... read more

Read our June Highwater Marks E-Newsletter

June 11, 2021

Check out the June issue of our e-newsletter – Highwater Marks! You’ll learn about: where our waste goes in San Juan County from two Spring Street International School students, engaging in important actions for Southern Resident killer whales, how to get involved with the County’s Comprehensive Plan update – and lots more! Read it here.

Explosive Development Drives Interest in County’s Comp Plan Update

June 10, 2021

Judging by construction permits and real estate transactions, the pressure and speed of development in San Juan County has never been greater. Fortunately, the County’s Comprehensive Plan, or Comp Plan, can be a key tool for managing growth and protecting our County’s rural character. Right now, citizen interest is growing in how this tool can ... read more

The future we see is up to us.

March 12, 2021

When our members consider how they can support Friends of the San Juans, it is more often than not through contributions like annual gifts, memberships and recurring donations. If you’re a member, your dedication is admirable, and your contributions are critical for the immediate availability of funds that help us meet our mission and protect ... read more

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

member, Brown Island