Stewardship

The San Juan Preservation Trust’s Stewardship Program has two main functions: management of Preservation Trust preserves and monitoring of Preservation Trust-held conservation easements.

Our Stewardship Program supports both land and people. We have entered into many long-term agreements with private landowners, and we enjoy building lasting relationships and mutually beneficial partnerships with these individuals and families.

The Preservation Trust currently owns and manages about 50 nature preserves on 20 islands throughout the San Juan Archipelago. A management plans have been approved for each of these preserves that seeks to enhance the property’s unique conservation values. In some cases, the preserves are managed for many purposes, including wildlife habit, scenic views, working farms and forests, and public visitation.

The Preservation Trust also stewards more than 200 conservation easements, which are voluntary and permanent legal agreements created to protect specific conservation values. Each of these conservation easements is monitored by SJPT staff at least annually to ensure that the property is in compliance with the terms of the conservation easement. Following each monitoring  visit, a report is generated that documents the condition of each property on the date of that visit. These reports are kept on file in perpetuity.

Have a look at some of the recent and ongoing restoration projects taking place on our preserves.  Most of this work is accomplished with volunteer labor, so if this looks like fun, we encourage you to join in. Visit our volunteer page here.