Topic: Environment

Town will host Spring Cleanup

Written on April 2, 2018 at 5:38 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor is pleased to offer its residential refuse customers a one-time-only curbside pickup of items that are too large or too heavy for their refuse cans the week of April 23-27. “The Town saw an opportunity to encourage neighborhood cleanups and to assist our customers with their spring cleaning efforts,” said  Continue Reading

Tree City USA

Written on March 30, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor was named a 2018 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to urban forest management. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. “Everyone benefits when  Continue Reading

Arbor Day Tree Planting Event

Written on March 30, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor will celebrate Arbor Day on Thursday, April 5th by planting new street trees on Court Street. Four European Hornbeams will be planted to replace the former street trees that needed to be removed earlier in the year. Following the ceremony, Town will be giving away locally cultivated Garry Oak seedlings.  Continue Reading

Growing a Revolution

Written on March 27, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore & The San Juan Island Library present Growing A Revolution – Bringing Our Soil Back To Life by David R. Montgomery, Saturday, April 7th at 7:00 pm at the library. David R. Montgomery returns to San Juan Island just in time for gardeners and farmers who are busy preparing their soil for  Continue Reading

Mount Grant Public Meeting

Written on March 23, 2018 at 5:24 pm, by

Doug McCutchen from the Land Bank shares this request with you… Hello, If you have interest in Mount Grant, please take a look at the draft management plan (PDF) and provide constructive feedback.  If you see something positive, please let us know. (Often we only hear about the negative responses.) Positive responses help us get  Continue Reading

Letter from David D.

Written on March 23, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Hello Hikers, Walkers, Mount Grant Steering members of old, Land Bank and San Juan Preservation Trust (SJPT) Supporters and friends! As you may be aware, the Land Bank will be holding a public meeting this coming Monday, March 26, at 5:30pm at Brickworks to present the Mount Grant management plan to the public before it goes  Continue Reading

Equinox

Written on March 20, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

It’s the Vernal Equinox. At 9:15 AM Pacific time, the sun will cross the equator as it heads back into the northern hemisphere. Daytime and nighttime are equal today, but moving forward, light will conquer darkness and the days will be longer than the nights. Spring time, warmer weather… here it comes!

Crown Jewel Wilderness

Written on March 16, 2018 at 6:36 pm, by

Crown Jewel Wilderness: Creating North Cascades National Park by Lauren Danner Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Library invite all the park’s aficionados to attend a book talk and slide show with author Lauren Danner at the Library on Wednesday, March 21, 7:00 pm. If you spend time in the park or simply  Continue Reading

Washington State United Against Oil Spills and Fish Spills

Written on March 10, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

The passage of SB 6269 marks another critical step forward to increase Washington state oil transportation safety. Similarly, the phase out of Atlantic salmon net pens in Washington received significant bi-partisan support. These bills represent a victory for Washington state and the Salish Sea.  It is a call to decision makers in Washington and British  Continue Reading

Comments Sought on Mount Grant Preserve DRAFT Management Plan

Written on March 8, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

The Land Bank is inviting public comment on the Mount Grant Preserve DRAFT Management Plan and will hold a public meeting on Monday, March 26th at Brickworks from 5:30 to 6:30pm. We value public input in helping guide the long term care of our County’s conservation areas. This meeting is a great opportunity to learn  Continue Reading

Job Opening: District Manager

Written on March 3, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

The San Juan Islands Conservation District serves all of San Juan County and was founded in 1947. Our Mission is to work with San Juan County residents and partner agencies to develop and implement sustainable natural resource practices that protect and conserve our environment for today and tomorrow.  As one of the States 45 non-regulatory Conservation Districts, we  Continue Reading

League of Women Voters Presentation

Written on March 1, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

League of Women Voters presents meeting on threats and opportunities of the Salish Sea ecosystem The League of Women Voters of the San Juans will host an informative meeting on threats to the future of the Salish Sea and efforts to protect it at 12:30 p.m., Monday, March 12 at the San Juan Island Library  Continue Reading

Ferry in Snow

Written on February 21, 2018 at 5:31 pm, by

SJ Update reader Kristen Arnim caught this beautiful image of the Samish coming into the ferry dock this afternoon. Thanks for sharing Kristen!

Orca Protection & Rescue

Written on February 21, 2018 at 5:54 am, by

“I’ve had enough and I just can’t do this anymore.” After 15-years as a whale watch tour operator, Captain Alan “Hobbes” Buchanan’s passion for whales has led him to create Orca Protection & Rescue, a new organization aimed at helping to save the whales and wildlife of the Salish Sea. Orca Protection & Rescue will  Continue Reading

“Best of the Fest” The Memory of Fish, Tuesday at the Grange

Written on February 18, 2018 at 5:35 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival will be showing The Memory of Fish at the Grange on Tuesday, February 20.  The Memory of Fish is a documentary portrait of the intertwined lives of Dick Goin and wild fish, and his fight to free a river. Elwha River salmon fed Dick and his family after they migrated to the  Continue Reading

Kyle Loring Says Goodbye After Ten Friendly Years

Written on February 9, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

After ten years of public service as Friends of the San Juans’ staff attorney, Kyle Loring will be leaving the organization in June to pursue other endeavors. Starting this month, Friends will conduct a search for a talented environmental attorney to serve the people and wildlife of the San Juans. Since Friends hired Kyle in  Continue Reading

It’s “The Last Straw” for the San Juans!

Written on February 7, 2018 at 5:30 am, by

From Katie at the Friends of the San Juan… Plastics Reduction Community Kick-off Party – February 13, 6 p.m., San Juan Island Brewing Company Did you know that we use over 500 million plastic straws in the United States every day? And that by the year 2050 there will be more plastic trash in the  Continue Reading

Mount Grant Preserve Grows to Almost 250 Acres!

Written on February 6, 2018 at 3:21 pm, by

Great news from Tanja at the Land Bank… On the heels of the Zylstra Lake acquisition, the San Juan County Land Bank was able to secure and additional 60+ acres adjacent to Mount Grant Preserve. “Mount Grant is one of the most fascinating projects I have worked on since becoming a land bank commissioner,” said  Continue Reading

Mission Blue

Written on January 29, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival’s “Best of the Fest” presents: “Mission Blue” – a film about legendary oceanographer, Sylvia Earle. She is on a personal mission to save our oceans. Mission Blue is part oceanic road trip, part biography, part action adventure story, and part expose of an eco-disaster. The film deftly weaves her unique personal  Continue Reading

CWR Video Campaign

Written on January 15, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

The Center For Whale Research is taking action to increase public awareness of the Southern Resident Killer Whales by taking the message onboard Washington State Ferries. Ken Balcomb, Founder and Principal Investigator of the Center For Whale Research launched a video ad campaign January 9th. This 15 second video will play in daily rotation on  Continue Reading

Island Women’s March

Written on January 11, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Fired Up! Ready to go! Island Women’s March invites all islands to participate in a sidewalk march on January 20th, 2018 in Friday Harbor. We will meet at the Friday Harbor Courthouse on 1st Street, next to the American Legion. Staging time will be at Noon and the march will start at 12:30. The Saturday  Continue Reading

Over 280 acres Secured in San Juan Valley

Written on January 9, 2018 at 2:45 pm, by

2018 looks like another busy and exciting year for your Land Bank! Almost two years to the day, and a full year before the loan was due, the highly anticipated acquisition of the Zylstra Lake property on San Juan Island came to a fruitful end. The public-private partnership of the San Juan County Land Bank  Continue Reading