Topic: Environment

Endangered Species Day

Written on May 16, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Southern Resident Killer Whales will be recognized in a display on the San Juan County Courthouse and Council Chamber lawns on Endangered Species Day, Friday, May 19th. There will be 86 orca whale dorsal fins displayed representing the 78 living free members of the Southern Resident Killer Whale J, K and L pods, plus the  Continue Reading

Tim Seifert to Leave SJPT

Written on May 13, 2017 at 5:39 am, by

Long-Time Leader of San Juan Preservation Trust to Step Down Search for Successor is Underway The San Juan Preservation Trust today announced that Tim Seifert, who has served as the organization’s Executive Director for 15 years, has informed the Preservation Trust’s board of trustees that it is time to identify his successor. Accordingly, the board  Continue Reading

Learn How to Make Biochar

Written on May 4, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Biochar, a charcoal made from woody biomass that stores carbon and improves soil, is an emerging option for forest owners to generate income and remove excess wood from densely stocked forests. Biochar can increase agricultural productivity, improve soil fertility, and help mitigate climate change. This workshop will take you through the steps to turn low-value  Continue Reading

BLM Seeks Nominations to Monument Advisory Committee

Written on May 4, 2017 at 5:36 am, by

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public nominations for four open positions on the San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee (MAC). The nomination period is open until May 26, 2017. The BLM’s Resource Advisory Councils (RACs), of which the MAC is one, help the Bureau carry out its multiple-use mission and stewardship  Continue Reading

The Great Islands Clean Up

Written on April 21, 2017 at 4:22 pm, by

Litter-Free by the Sea: The Great Islands Clean-Up on Saturday, April 22 Don’t forget – it is time for the 2017 Great Islands Clean-Up, the annual county-wide spring-cleaning event, during which volunteers collect litter from public beaches and roadways. This year, the clean-up will be held on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to  Continue Reading

Sunrise over Mt. Baker

Written on April 21, 2017 at 9:02 am, by

Kevin Holmes captured this beautiful sunrise photo from the redeye ferry. A gorgeous beginning to your Friday. Thanks for sharing Kevin!

Why We March for Climate

Written on April 21, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

In the San Juan Update mailbag this morning we find this letter from Katie Fleming of FRIENDS of the San Juans…  On April 29, millions of people will march for climate action in 250 cities across the world. San Juan County is no exception. Join us at 12 noon at the Courthouse in Friday Harbor.  Continue Reading

Electric Car Show

Written on April 21, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

San Juan Islands Conservation District invites you to their first Electric Car Show… Join us Saturday, April 29th for the first ever San Juan Islands EV Car Show! Test-Drive current Electric Vehicle models. See the Electric Car built by local students! County Courthouse Parking Lot, Friday Harbor 12:30-3:30 PM Everyone is Welcome! If you own  Continue Reading

Earth Day Celebration at Brickworks

Written on April 13, 2017 at 10:07 am, by

Mix & Mingle At Green Drinks Birthday Party And Earth Day Celebration Passion for clean environment and local food? Join us at Brickworks on April 20th Earth Day is Saturday, April 22nd, but let’s start celebrating early! If you have a passion for the environment, food, farming, and camaraderie, you are invited to join in  Continue Reading

Climate Action Rally and Solutions Fair

Written on April 7, 2017 at 5:22 am, by

Salish Sea Stands for Climate Action Rally and Solutions Fair! Join your community on Saturday, April 29 in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in solidarity with Climate Movement marches throughout the world. When: April 29, 2917 Where: San Juan County Courthouse Steps, Friday Harbor WA Time: 12 pm – 1:30 pm The People’s Climate  Continue Reading

FRIENDS’ New Video

Written on April 6, 2017 at 3:34 pm, by

New video highlights how healthy shorelines can adjust to rising seas, protecting habitat and property. Sea level rise and climate change: they’re what coastal communities around the globe are increasingly talking about and feeling the impacts of. Forward-thinking individuals and governments are taking steps to prepare. In San Juan County, the most likely impacts associated  Continue Reading

The Great Islands Clean-Up

Written on April 6, 2017 at 5:24 am, by

Litter-Free by the Sea: The Great Islands Clean-Up on Earth Day (April 22) Mark your calendars – it is time for the 2017 Great Islands Clean-Up, the annual county-wide spring-cleaning event, during which volunteers collect litter from public beaches and roadways. This year, the clean-up will be held on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, from  Continue Reading

‘Terrestrial Managers’ Meet, Compare Notes, and Share Resources

Written on April 5, 2017 at 5:34 am, by

Managers of conservation lands in the county met Thursday and Friday at the Grange, in their sixth annual meeting to compare notes and collaborate. Their breaks were not called coffee breaks or restroom breaks, but “networking breaks.” Representatives of the National Historical Park, the San Juan Islands National Monument, the State Parks, the Department of  Continue Reading

A Poetry Walk Up Mount Grant Preserve

Written on March 22, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

April is Poetry Month – let’s celebrate the poetry of nature! The Poetry Walk will feature readings by local poetry lovers of nature-inspired poems as we enjoy a leisurely stroll to the summit of Mount Grant Preserve where visiting Washington State Poet Laureate, Tod Marshall, will share some of his favorites. Note: the mile walk to  Continue Reading

Concerts to Benefit “Salish Sea Stands Against Kinder Morgan” Coming Soon

Written on March 18, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

Canadian First Nations, environmental organizations, and internationally recognized musician Luke Wallace, join the “Pull Together” music tour to resist the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion. The proposed Kinder Morgan expansion would greatly increase vessel traffic and the risk of an oil spill in the Salish Sea. The concert tour, coming to the San Juan  Continue Reading

Public Lands Report

Written on March 17, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

The trails and open spaces on the island are popular with both residents and visitors, but they don’t just appear out of nowhere. Where does the money come from to keep them open? What can members of the public do to help? This is the fourth in a series of reports by Louise Dustrude trying  Continue Reading

Work Party on Cady Mountain Preserve

Written on March 17, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

After weeks of crazy weather, Thom believes the grounds should be dry enough to support work on Cady Mountain – yahoo! The plan is to finish cleaning out oak seedling cages and prune the seedlings, and if time allows, remove any concentrations of young blackberry. When?  Sunday, March 19 – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm RSVP  Continue Reading

March Turtleback March

Written on March 11, 2017 at 5:57 am, by

Welcome Spring! The San Juan County Land Bank and San Juan Preservation Trust invite you to the third annual MARCH TURTLEBACK MARCH, a 5 mile “Up and Over” hike on the Turtleback Mountain Preserve! We will depart promptly at 1:00 pm from the South Trailhead parking area (Deer Harbor Road/Wild Rose Lane) on board a  Continue Reading

Land Bank’s Lopez Tombolo Preserve Extended

Written on March 6, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

  The Land Bank is excited to announce an additional 800 feet of public access to beach and tidelands located west of Bayshore Road on the San Juan Channel side of Fisherman Bay on Lopez Island. This acquisition would not have been possible without the support of the Sunset Acres Owners Association, a residential community on  Continue Reading

Free Chipper Machine Available to Island Residents

Written on March 2, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

The San Juan Island Fire Department, in conjunction with the Washington Department of Natural Resources (WA DNR), is offering the 2017 Firewise Communities Chipper Program. Any Firewise community will be able to rent the chipper, free of charge except for gas, from March 1 through May 26. All other fees are paid by the department  Continue Reading

Land Bank Job Opening

Written on February 28, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

Job Opening – Salish Seeds Nursery Assistant The Salish Seeds Project Nursery Assistant performs a range of activities in the field of conservation nursery operation. The Salish Seeds Project produces seeds and plants of local wildflowers and grasses for restoration projects on Land Bank preserves, as well as providing plant materials at cost to other local land  Continue Reading

Parks Report Part One

Written on February 24, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

The trails and open spaces on the island are popular with both residents and visitors, but they don’t just appear out of nowhere. Where does the money come from to keep them open? What can members of the public do to help? This is the first in a series of reports by Louise Dustrude trying  Continue Reading