Topic: Environment

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

Work Party on Cady Mountain Preserve

Written on February 17, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

Happy Valentines Day Oakies! Looking forward to sharing our love of Oaks this Sunday atop Cady Mountain! Tanja is back on island Friday, but won’t be able to check email, so please be sure to alert Thom if you’re coming this Sunday. Just RSVP at the email shown below to connect. When? Sunday, February 19 10:00am to  Continue Reading

Forest Stewardship Course

Written on February 9, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

WSU Extension Forestry offers class for Woodland Owners Woodland owners can build skills for caring for their trees by taking Washington State University Extension Forestry’s Forest Stewardship Coached Planning course. This course teaches owners of wooded property how to assess their trees, avoid insect and disease problems, enhance wildlife habitat, improve wood quality, reduce fire  Continue Reading

Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean

Written on February 8, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore, in Collaboration With The San Juan Island Library and The San Juan Preservation Trust presents: TIDES: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean By Jonathan White Sunday, February 19, 7:00 pm San Juan Island Library 1010 Guard Street Expert mariner and marine conservationist Jonathan White’s love for the sea is lifelong. He grew up diving, sailing  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit 2017

Written on February 7, 2017 at 1:35 pm, by

A dynamic opportunity for networking and learning about farming & food systems Orcas Island, February 10 – 12 Join fellow farmers, regional experts, and local food and farm advocates this February 10th through 12th for two-and-a-half days of education, inspiration, and camaraderie at beautiful YMCA Camp Orkila on Orcas Island. The theme for this year’s  Continue Reading

Earthquake Swarm near San Juan Island

Written on February 7, 2017 at 11:34 am, by

This is shared with you from The Town of Friday Harbor/San Juan County Department of Emergency Management… A swarm of eight small earthquakes happened near San Juan Island on January 29th & 30th. All of the quakes were located in San Juan Channel, roughly between Jones Island and Mineral Point on San Juan Island. The  Continue Reading

Stewardship Award Nominees Sought

Written on February 6, 2017 at 5:54 am, by

Calling all tree huggers! Look out Oscar, the Finnie is coming! Its award season here in the San Juans. Know someone who deserves to walk the stewardship red carpet? Nominate them for a Good Steward Award! Since 2008, the Good Steward Awards, affectionately known as “Finees,” have been sponsored by the Stewardship Network of the  Continue Reading

Islanders for Safe Shipping

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

Over 150 people came to San Juan County Park on MLK day to oppose the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline project. If the pipeline is allowed as proceed as proposed it will increase the tanker shipping in Haro Straits from 5 tankers a month to 34 tankers and three barges per month. This increase in  Continue Reading

Work Party on Cady Mountain Preserve

Written on January 21, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

Okay Oakies – the weather has turned favorable and the ground has softened to make work on the mountain plausible! This Sunday’s plans are to pick up where we left off in 2016: the continuation of cage cleaning, as well as pruning the saplings within them. And, with luck, a little thistle and blackberry removal  Continue Reading

Progress on the Zylstra Lake Purchase

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

The Land Bank shares more good news… We Won! We Won! Fun Fact: on January 5, 1933, construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began in the San Francisco bay. Fast forward to January 5, 2017: Zylstra Lake, on San Juan Island, was awarded a $1 million federal coastal wetlands grant from the US Fish and Wildlife  Continue Reading

Family Nature Club

Written on January 12, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Finding time to get outside can be tough, and figuring out what to do once outside can be even tougher. The San Juan Island National Historical Park and the Land Bank are making it easy in 2017 with the San Juan Island Family Nature Club, a free monthly outdoor exploration club for families. What’s a  Continue Reading

Salmon Still Declining

Written on January 7, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

State’s New Report Shows Salmon Still Declining “Salmon are ours to save,” says Governor OLYMPIA – Salmon throughout most of Washington are in trouble, and will need continued investment by state, federal and local organizations if they are to be saved, according to a report released today by the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office. “Washington State  Continue Reading

Mount Grant Preserved

Written on January 6, 2017 at 5:45 pm, by

Campaign for Mount Grant Preserve Reaches Finish Line We did it! After two years of fundraising, the $4.2 million Campaign for Mount Grant Preserve has come to a successful completion. The 141-acre ridgeline, which includes open grassy knolls and stately old-growth Douglas firs, is now permanently protected. The San Juan County Land Bank made an initial  Continue Reading

Cool School Challenge

Written on December 23, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

San Juan County Students are Saving Energy to Combat Climate Change Extreme weather events, rising sea levels, melting glacier – oh my! While climate change is an overwhelming issue, there is certainly hope, especially in the collective power of individual actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That’s the underlying principle of the Cool School Challenge  Continue Reading

Cady Mountain Preserve Work Party

Written on December 16, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

Here’s a work party invitation for you from Tanja at the Land Bank… Wow – I can’t believe this Sunday is the last Oakie gathering for 2016! This Sunday’s plans include the continuation of cage cleaning, as well as pruning the saplings within them. And perhaps there will be time to throw in a little  Continue Reading

117th Annual Christmas Bird Count

Written on December 13, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

The San Juan Islands Christmas Bird Count will be on Saturday, December 31st and will be a wonderful way to celebrate the coming of a new year… From Christmas Bird Hunts to Christmas Bird Counts In 1900 ornithologist Frank Chapman along with other conservationists were troubled at the slaughter of birds in the annual holiday event called  Continue Reading

Work Party on Cady Mountain Preserve

Written on December 1, 2016 at 4:07 pm, by

Hello Oakies! It’s hard to believe we’re entering into our last work month of 2016 – thank you for all the pruning, limbing, hauling, and camaraderie this year. Your support is greatly appreciated! The next couple work parties will focus on protecting our little dears from those browsing big deers. When? Sundays, December 11 &  Continue Reading

New Steps for American Camp Trail

Written on November 21, 2016 at 1:26 pm, by

The six-mile American Camp Trail (ACT) connecting Friday Harbor with the national park’s visitor center is a relatively easy walk for most people, but as it goes through a gully on airport property it has been difficult for some. So last Saturday, November 18, a crew of Trails volunteers led by Steve Ulvi built steps  Continue Reading

How to Cut Costs By Going Green During the Holidays

Written on November 21, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

San Juan Update reader from California Paul Denikin shares some more green tips with you – this time for the holidays… The holiday season is a time of wonder and joy, but it can also be a major crunch on your finances. Going green isn’t just good for the environment, it can also help you  Continue Reading

Safe Shippers Candlelight Rally

Written on November 20, 2016 at 10:58 am, by

The Kinder Morgan Transmountain Pipeline expansion decision could happen before the end of November. On Nov 21st, our island community will join together with rallies in the U.S. and Canada to send a clear, shining message – climate leaders don’t build pipelines or create oil spills. Reject Kinder Morgan. Join us! Stop Kinder Morgan Candlelight Rally,  Continue Reading

Winter Gate Hours in Effect on Mount Grant Preserve

Written on November 7, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

As of November 1st, winter 2016-17 driving access to the summit of Mount Grant Preserve will be open, weather permitting,9am to 4pm, on the following dates: Thanksgiving – November 24 & 26 Christmas – December 25 New Years – January 1 Martin Luther King Day – January 15 President’s Day – February 19 Easter –  Continue Reading