Victory Dance

The year 2021 ended with a big victory dance at Friends of the San Juans, because of you!
Your generosity helped us meet the $150,000 challenge match — together, we did it! In 2022, Friends will use these resources to pursue local and regional solutions that address habitat loss, development pressures, and the climate crisis, protecting what you love in the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea. We are deeply grateful for your support.
Thank you for believing in our work and for trusting us as a longtime community leader and partner. Protecting and restoring the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea for people and nature is our mission statement — it is in our DNA, our hearts, and our souls. As we move forward into 2022, we promise to keep you informed and engaged. Together, we’ll witness the protection of the Salish Sea, including the endangered salmon and orca. Friends’ partnership-based work will include community science education; close monitoring of shoreline developments, both locally and regionally; policy advocacy focused on strong environmental protections; scientific research; the restoration of natural beaches and shorelines across the San Juans; confronting and adapting to the increasingly observable environmental challenges of climate change; and much more.
We are excited! It’s time once again to engage our citizen scientists, raise our voices to advocate, and share our values and tell our stories to protect this amazing place where we live, work and play together. Since 1979, Friends and its members have used science and grassroots coalition-building to achieve great things, and your support will make even more successes possible in the coming year.
Our virtual doors are always open — please reach out to tell us what matters to you!
In the spirit of community and protecting what you love,
Michel Vekved
Director of Philanthropy
As a community, we are sustained and nurtured by our island shorelines, thriving forests, and the sparkling Salish Sea. Our natural world requires proactive stewardship, and this work will only succeed if we do it together. YOU have an important role to play. Let’s work together to be thoughtful, intentional stewards of our natural world.
Friends of the San Juans – Protecting and restoring the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea for people and nature since 1979.

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