“We come and go, but the land is always here. And the people who love it and understand it are the people who own it — for a little while.” -- Willa Cather
For many of us, the ability to own and care for land in the San Juan Islands has been among the greatest gifts of our lifetimes. We recognize how fortunate we have been to develop a direct bond with our land and our islands, and we also understand we have a responsibility to leave the San Juan Islands for future generations in the same – if not better – condition that they were in when we inherited them. Healthy and undeveloped island land has provided us with clean air and water, wildlife habitat, recreation, fresh food and scenic beauty, and it is perhaps the single most important legacy that we can pass on to our children, to our grandchildren and to future island communities.
Why Conserve Your Own Land?
Our islands are threatened by their own popularity, and all too often we have seen special places disappear forever to development. Yet many are taking a stand, including hundreds of visionary island landowners that have worked with the San Juan Preservation Trust since 1979 to permanently conserve their own properties. They do this for their own families, and they do this for future generations of islanders (human and otherwise) that will someday follow in their footsteps.