Topic: Environment

San Juan Preservation Trust Awards Two $5K Scholarships for Climate Change Studies

Written on June 5, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan Preservation Trust The San Juan Preservation Trust is pleased to announce this year’s Climate Leadership Scholarship winners. Congratulations to Izabela Janecek of Friday Harbor High School and Ayla Ridwan of Orcas Island High School. A committee of Preservation Trust board members selected Izzie and Ayla from an impressive group of applicants from  Continue Reading

Wolf Hollow Announces Wildlife Photography Winners

Written on June 2, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Our thanks to everyone who took part in Wolf Hollow’s Earth Month Wildlife Photo Competition during April. There were so many beautiful photos that we had a really hard time selecting a winner in each category. But, after lots of discussions, we finally selected the following winners: Young Photographer:  Continue Reading

OPALCO Clears Trees to Reduce Power Outages, Increase Forest Health

Written on June 1, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From OPALCO OPALCO has a strong commitment to keeping its power lines clear of trees and brush in order to keep field crews and co-op members safe, reduce power outages and prevent damage to the islands’ electrical system. This reduces costs – saving member dollars – and helps to keep the lights on. Orcas Power  Continue Reading

Celebrate National Trails Day by Maintaining Westside Preserve

Written on May 30, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the San Juan County Land Bank This National Trails Day, the San Juan County Land Bank is celebrating at the Westside Preserve 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, June 5. Gather your pod and join field steward Shauna Barrows as we kick off another summer of trail improvement. Come relish the panoramic views and learn about the  Continue Reading

New Website Explores Washington’s Geology

Written on May 26, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From the Department of Natural Resources From its craggy coastlines to its icy volcanic peaks, Washington is home to some of the world’s most stunning geology. A new website by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources helps connect people to the state’s rich and diverse geologic history. Filled with images and information about geologic  Continue Reading

Dispose of Pesticides, Fuels, Cleaning Products on San Juan June 11-12

Written on May 25, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County San Juan County is collecting hazardous waste at the waste stations on San Juan, Orcas and Lopez islands. Collection times are: 1-3 p.m., June 11 for businesses on San Juan. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 12 for households on San Juan. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 19 on Orcas 11 a.m.-2 p.m., June  Continue Reading

Join San Juan County Land Bank Meeting Online Friday

Written on May 20, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the San Juan County Land Bank The San Juan County Land Bank Commission will hold its monthly meeting at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 21 via Zoom. This meeting will include a discussion of the Conservation Agriculture Resource Team’s Coffelt Farm final report. The public is invited to attend. Click here to download the agenda,  Continue Reading

New Members Welcomed at Island Oil Spill Training Saturday

Written on May 17, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the Islands’ Oil Spill Association The Islands’ Oil Spill Association is hosting a free training for local oil spill response volunteers. Anyone interested in becoming an IOSA volunteer is welcome to attend, in addition to existing members of the team. The training will be 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Saturday, May 22 in Friday Harbor. Space  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Lab Tide Bites

Written on May 17, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

A Sunflower Star is Born By Jason Hodin, senior research scientist, Friday Harbor Labs.  Among the world’s hundreds of types of known starfish (or seastars as I’ll call them), our Pacific coast sunflower stars are true record breakers. They are the largest seastar in the world, with an arm-tip-to-arm-tip “wingspan” of more than two feet  Continue Reading

San Juan County Completes Study to Prevent Oil Spills in Salish Sea

Written on May 7, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County San Juan County completed a study to prevent oil spills in the Salish Sea.  The study estimates the probability that an emergency response towing vessel stationed in the Salish Sea could prevent a disabled vessel from grounding and potentially causing an oil spill in Haro Strait and Boundary Pass. The study  Continue Reading

Join Online Meeting on San Juan Islands National Monument May 12

Written on May 7, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the Bureau of Land Management The Bureau of Land Management will hold a public meeting on the San Juan Islands National Monument 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 12 via Zoom. Planned agenda items include reviewing the final resource management plan and environmental impact statement and opportunities for the committee to support the implementation of  Continue Reading

Shape San Juans’ Involvement in Maritime Washington National Heritage Area

Written on April 25, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

In 2019 Congress designated the area, which includes the San Juan Islands   By Caroline C. Grauman-Boss, executive director, Salish Sea Sciences Let the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation know what being part of the new Maritime Washington National Heritage Area means for you here in San Juan County.  The Maritime Washington National Heritage Area  Continue Reading

Trail Times, Spring 2021: Section 2 of the Old Military Road Trail 

Written on April 22, 2021 at 5:11 am, by

Trail Times is a continuing series of articles introducing the Old Military Road Trail (OMRT), a proposed 18-21 mile cross-island non-motorized multi-use trail linking English Camp and American Camp and honoring the original Old Military Road. Welcome to Spring and another segment of the intriguing Old Military Road Trail to explore. Today, we leave remnants  Continue Reading

American Camp Visitor Center Portable Restrooms, Bottle Filling Station Open April 16

Written on April 16, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

The Building is Expected Open Around Memorial Day   From San Juan Island National Historic Park The American Camp Visitor Center site opens 9 a.m., Friday, April 16. The parking lot will remain open and a new bottle filling station will be available. Restrooms are currently available as port-a-pots as permanent facilities are being finished  Continue Reading

Join Great Islands Cleanup April 24 On San Juan, Orcas, Lopez And Shaw

Written on April 12, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

By Mark Ingman, San Juan County Solid Waste Program Coordinator Have you ever noticed a mossy, weedy tire while walking along roads or beaches? There is a chemical compound in tires that washes off in the rain and is linked to killing salmon — bringing in a cast-off tire along with your litter to the  Continue Reading

San Juan Preservation Trust Presents Video Series On Local Natural History

Written on April 9, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan Preservation Trust Staying connected to our community is important, which is why the San Juan Preservation Trust staff created a video series called “Just a Minute from the Islands” in 2020. These videos highlight aspects of nature including local plants, birds, reptiles, marine life, and more. In the fall of 2020, we started a  Continue Reading

Celebrate Earth Day With San Juan Preservation Trust On Henry Island

Written on April 2, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan Preservation Trust Only a short boat ride from busy Roche Harbor, Henry Island Preserve feels like a world away, straddling the boundary between the shallow waters of Mosquito Pass and the blue depths of Haro Strait. Come ashore to celebrate Earth Day 2021 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., April 22 by enjoying some  Continue Reading

Adopt Local Beach To Protect From Man-made Debris

Written on March 27, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

By Karin Roemers-Kleven, Plastic Free Salish Sea Spring is in the air, the days are getting longer and the weather is getting better. We can leave our houses and go for nice walks. So, why not adopt a beach? The idea behind adopting a beach was launched about a year ago with the development of the  Continue Reading

San Juan County Land Bank Holds Community Conversations

Written on March 23, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County Land Bank Got questions for your conservation land bank? We want to hear from you! Join us on Zoom for San Juan County Land Bank’s Community Conversation series. We will host public meetings from 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, March 31, April 7 and April 14. Register at Each meeting date will  Continue Reading

Visit Washington State Parks For Free March 19

Written on March 16, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Washington State Parks Washington State Parks invites visitors to help celebrate the agency’s 108th birthday on Friday, March 19, by enjoying a state park for free that day. The state parks in the San Juans include Lime Kiln Point on San Juan Island, Moran on Orcas Island and Spencer Spit on Lopez Island. March  Continue Reading

New Preservation Trust Trail On Shaw Opens March 1

Written on February 19, 2021 at 6:38 am, by

From San Juan Preservation Trust March 1 is the official opening day for the newest addition to the Preservation Trust’s trail network on Shaw Island. The two-mile Sylvan Loop Trail meanders through a scenic sampling of the Marilyn and Fred Ellis Preserve’s varied forest landscapes. Donated to the Preservation Trust by Fred and Marilyn Ellises’  Continue Reading

San Juan County Land Bank Meeting Friday

Written on February 17, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan Land Bank The San Juan County Land Bank Commission will hold its monthly meeting from 8:30-11:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 19 via Zoom. The public is invited to attend. Click here to download the agenda, including the ZOOM link and meeting materials. To learn more about your Conservation Land Bank, visit If  Continue Reading