Topic: Environment

Learn about Marine, Land Environment by Kayaking the San Juans with Skagit Valley College

Written on June 29, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From Skagit Valley College Skagit Valley College is enrolling now for a unique Sea Kayak Exploration class in the Salish Sea and the San Juan Islands. If you love the salt air and exploring the beautiful Salish Sea and the San Juan Islands, you’ll want to enroll now in this unique Skagit Valley College summer  Continue Reading

Reduce Plastic Use, Learn where San Juan Islands Garbage Goes

Written on June 28, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Transition San Juan Island  Join Transition San Juan Island, Plastic Free Salish Sea and millions of other people worldwide in reducing your plastic waste in July. Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans  Continue Reading

Friends of the San Juans Fights Proposed Zoning Change for Possible Development

Written on June 25, 2021 at 7:39 am, by

By R. Brent Lyles, Executive Director, Friends of the San Juans Judging by construction activity and real estate transactions, the pressures and speed of development in San Juan County have 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.  Continue Reading

Lease San Juan County Land Bank Land to Graze, Hay on San Juan Island

Written on June 22, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County Land Bank If you frequent Roche Harbor Road, passing by the Land Bank’s Beaverton Marsh Preserve, you’ve probably noticed some different agricultural activities happening in the roadside fields lately. That’s because these pastures are transitioning from annual hay harvest to a seasonal grazing operation. San Juan Island rancher Mike Sundstrom has  Continue Reading

Land Bank Update on Leasing Coffelt Farm Preserve on Orcas Island

Written on June 19, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan County Land Bank The San Juan County Land Bank is entering into another phase in planning the future of Coffelt Farm Preserve’s agricultural use. According to the San Juan Island Preservation Trust, the Preservation Trust and San Juan County Land Bank  acquired a 189-acre conservation easement on this historic working farm in  Continue Reading

University of Washington Friday Harbor Labs Tide Bites

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

Seeding the Salish Sea: First Steps of an Eelgrass Restoration Project By Elizabeth Nilles, Michael Ramsey and Sandy Wyllie-Echeverria The disappearance of eelgrass might seem like a trivial topic to some, but it is actually quite a concerning phenomenon. Marine organisms and humans alike rely on the multitude of ecosystem services provided by eelgrass, such  Continue Reading

Bird Watch At The San Juan Island Sculpture Park

Written on June 16, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From the San Juan Island Sculpture Park Join us from 8-10 a.m. every third Wednesday of the month through September to watch for our fine feathered friends at the San Juan Island Sculpture Park located next to Roche Harbor Resort. The next event is Wednesday, June 16. Phil Green, a local bird enthusiast and member  Continue Reading

Online San Juan County Land Bank Meeting Friday

Written on June 16, 2021 at 4:00 am, by

From San Juan County Land Bank The San Juan County Land Bank Commission will hold its monthly meeting 8:30-11:15 a.m. June 18 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 sjclandbank.org. If you’re  Continue Reading

Help San Juan County Land Bank Clear Noxious Weeds

Written on June 14, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan County Land Bank We celebrated National Trails Day by clearing invasive Himalayan blackberry along the trails at Westside Preserve. Thank you to everyone that volunteered and helped celebrate with us! We’re going to keep the party going and have scheduled more opportunities to remove noxious weeds before they get established on the  Continue Reading

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