Topic: Environment

Port Commission Meeting

Written on January 9, 2018 at 2:43 pm, by

Tomorrow, Wednesday January 10th,  the Port of Friday Harbor  Commissioners will meet to discuss among other things, the FAA requirement of removing trees and obstructions from the area south of the runway. This is required for the airport to maintain its IFR (Instrument Flight Rating) which is necessary for Airlift Northwest to be able to  Continue Reading

Town to Offer Christmas Tree Recycling

Written on January 5, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor will collect Christmas trees for residents inside Town limits on January 8-12, 2018 on your scheduled weekly garbage day. Trees should be placed at the curb no later than 9:00 a.m. and should be separate from other unbundled trash and woody waste. To ensure the success of the tree recycling  Continue Reading

Beachwalkers Wanted!

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

Help make a difference for the environment by collecting marine debris data for the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST). COASST is a citizen science program involving participants in the collection of high quality data used in natural resource management and conservation decisions. Marine debris participants collect data on the characteristics and location of  Continue Reading


Written on December 26, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

On Friday, December 22nd, the Friends of the San Juans (Friends) appealed San Juan County’s recently updated Shoreline Master Program (“SMP”) to the Washington Growth Management Hearings Board. The SMP is the primary tool for protecting the fragile marine ecosystem that depends on the health of that narrow band of shoreline where the water meets  Continue Reading

Solstice Trail Blazing

Written on December 19, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

The trail blazers are taking advantage of the sun’s return THIS THURSDAY – winter solstice! It may be the shortest day of the year, but there’s plenty of daylight to continue shaping the Westside trail extension. Start time is the same as last week, 10:00 am, and any time you can lend to the project is  Continue Reading

San Juan Preservation Trust Names New Executive Director

Written on December 13, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

Angela Anderson to “Come Home” from Hawaii to the Salish Sea December 12, 2017 – The board of trustees of the San Juan Preservation Trust, a nonprofit land conservation organization based in Friday Harbor, announced today that it has hired Angela Anderson as its new executive director, effective February 12, 2018. Ms. Anderson will lead  Continue Reading

County Adds Land to Odlin Park

Written on December 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm, by

San Juan County acquires 100 acre Odlin South from WA DNR After a persistent year-long effort by San Juan County, the Odlin South property sale was approved by the WA Board of Natural Resources on December 5, 2017. Council members Jamie Stephens and Rick Hughes, along with County Manager Mike Thomas, made the trip to  Continue Reading

Master Gardeners Assist Town in Rain Garden Cleanup

Written on December 6, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

Town employees and volunteer WSU Master Gardeners recently completed Phase One of the rejuvenation of the Spring Street rain garden located at the northeast corner of Spring and First Streets. Phase One involved removing 25 five-gallon buckets of silt, removing and cleaning river rock, pulling weeds and unhealthy plants, and cleaning out the catch basin.  Continue Reading

Citizen Scientists Needed

Written on December 1, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Help us Document King Tides this Winter Do you have a digital camera or camera phone? If so, help local and regional researchers capture this year’s king tides! Join Friends of the San Juans and king tide volunteers from your community and across the globe to document the year’s highest tides by taking photos of your favorite local shorelines. A “king tide”  Continue Reading

Free Shoreline Contractor Training Workshop

Written on November 22, 2017 at 8:55 am, by

Free Training for Contractors Working on Shoreline Properties in the San Juans Thursday, December 7, 2017, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Grange Hall in Friday Harbor (152 First Street) Friends of the San Juans is hosting a free technical training for contractors who work on waterfront properties. San Juan County’s 400 + miles of  Continue Reading

Curbside Pickup is Back!

Written on November 16, 2017 at 3:58 pm, by

The Town of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce that it has re-established its source for processing of comingled recyclable materials and, as a result, the Town curbside program will NOT be discontinued on November 22, 2017. Lautenbach Industries and the Town have concluded negotiations with Recology of Seattle, Washington and will maintain their existing  Continue Reading

Town Discontinues Curbside Recycling

Written on November 10, 2017 at 9:50 am, by

Friday Harbor to Discontinue Curbside Co-Mingled Recycling Until Further Notice The Town of Friday Harbor will be discontinuing curbside recycling pickup effective November 22nd, 2017. This will not affect customers of San Juan Sanitation in the County. The Town uses Lautenbach Industries to take the Town’s refuse to the Cowlitz County landfill and, until recently,  Continue Reading

Park to Apply Herbicides in Habitat Restoration Efforts

Written on October 31, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

San Juan Island National Historical Park has announced that ten new test plots at American Camp will be treated with herbicide, weather permitting, in support of Island Marble Butterfly habitat restoration sometime between October 31 and November 3, 2017. This is the third year of a five year study that is attempting to increase the amount  Continue Reading

“Rocks Off the Beach” Project Completed on Shaw Island

Written on October 30, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Spawning habitat for the surf smelt, a small fish important in marine food webs, just got a whole lot better at a local beach thanks to the hard, and often muddy, work of public service organizations, contractors, landowners, community members and school kids.  Over the past few weeks 600 linear feet of shoreline has been  Continue Reading


Written on October 27, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Brendan Cowan shares this news from last week’s ShakeOut drill… The middle school students from the Shaw Island School won a statewide earthquake preparedness video contest. So inspiring the way their entire school community has embraced emergency preparedness! Here’s the link to their video: Indeed, more than 1,300 islanders participated in last week’s ShakeOut earthquake  Continue Reading

Owen Goes on a Damcation

Written on October 22, 2017 at 11:33 am, by

Owen loved a film seen at the FHFF- He is now a Dam Enthusiast…at 5 years old. Beloved Friday Harbor Film Festival just got better. A story of success! by Theresa Simendinger John Hamilton, manager is too busy with two full restaurants during the FHFF to go to see the 2 films that Cask N  Continue Reading

Recycling Changes Coming to San Juan Island

Written on October 19, 2017 at 3:27 pm, by

This just in from the County… but first a quick editor’s note: I was already planning on doing a story or a series of stories about plastic waste and I shot the photo above last night on my kitchen table. The idea came to me recently after reading about the Pacific Garbage Patch, (and also  Continue Reading

Elwha: A River Reborn

Written on October 18, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore & The San Juan Island Library Present: Elwha: A River Reborn Those of you who have followed the removal of the dam on the Elwha River or who have volunteered your time planting trees and helping to restore the surrounding ecosystem will surely want to attend a book talk by Seattle Times  Continue Reading

Work Party Cancelled

Written on October 17, 2017 at 10:27 am, by

Dear Trail Supporters, Due to high wind and a forecast for more, today’s work party on the Airport Trail (scheduled for October 17, 2:00-5:00 at the Skagit Valley College Parking lot) is CANCELLED. We will re-schedule soon. Dave Zeretzke for the Trails Committee

Seeking Volunteers for Trails Work Party

Written on October 16, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

The San Juan Island Trails Committee is looking for some volunteers to help out with some trail maintenance on the Airport Trail in town, on Tuesday, Oct. 17th from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Park at the Skagit Valley College parking lot where we’ll meet/sign in. Clothing: Bring eye protection please and wear sturdy clothing as  Continue Reading

Burn Party on Cady Mountain Preserve

Written on October 7, 2017 at 10:58 am, by

Thom is out of town for the next few weeks so the previously scheduled work party on Sunday, October 15, is not happening. However – the onset of cooler and wet weather is the perfect time to burn those piles! The ever fabulous Doug McCutchen has scheduled Wednesday, October 11, and Thursday, October 12, for  Continue Reading

Green Home Tour – San Juan Island

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

The 2017 Green Home Tour is here! Join us at the San Juan Grange in Friday Harbor for an introduction to Green Building Technology, Networking and Green Talks! Then hop into one of our Electric Vehicles for a guided tour of some of San Juan Island’s greenest homes! Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 10:00 am  Continue Reading