The San Juan Islands are blessed with extraordinary beauty and abundant natural features. Wind-swept shorelines, broad vistas, quiet forests, vital wildlife habitats, scenic farm lands—all have become part of our heritage.
Yet this heritage is slowly vanishing as the natural features we’ve come to love are eroded by rising popularity and steadily increasing use. The demand for land is forcing the conversion of precious undeveloped open land into home sites, encroaching on vulnerable ecosystems, destroying popular views, removing productive agricultural lands from use, and closing areas to people long accustomed to enjoying them as open space.
About the San Juan Preservation Trust
Founded by a group of island citizens in 1979, the San Juan Preservation Trust is a private, nonprofit, membership-based land trust dedicated to helping people and communities conserve land in the San Juan Islands of Washington State.
In 2012 the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, awarded the San Juan Preservation Trust with national accredited status. The Preservation Trust is part of a prestigious group of 370 other land trusts (as of 2017) out of 1,700 nationally that have achieved this distinction since this new accreditation program was launched in the fall of 2008.
The Preservation Trust is governed by a 21-member volunteer board of trustees and a nine-person staff. Offices are located in Friday Harbor (on San Juan Island). Financial support comes from the voluntary contributions of more than 2,000 private individuals, families, and foundations. The Preservation Trust is not affiliated with any government agency and does not receive any tax revenue.
Key programs of the San Juan Preservation Trust include:
CONSERVATION of wildlife habitat, scenic landscapes and other important natural values in the San Juan Islands. This is achieved through donation or purchase of land and conservation easements.
STEWARDSHIP of conservation interests, including restoration of damaged or neglected land.
EDUCATION, including habitat assessments for landowners, community outreach, field trips, interpretive programs, publications, and membership events.
FUNDRAISING to support Preservation Trusts activities, including land acquisition, stewardship, special projects, and annual operating expenses. Contributions are tax deductible (EIN 91-1078355).
As of January 2012, the San Juan Preservation Trust had permanently protected more than 260 properties, 37 miles of shoreline and 15,000 acres on 20 islands, including land now managed as public parks, nature preserves, wildlife habitat and working farms and forests. The Preservation Trust ranks in the top 2% of land trusts (out of over 1,700 nationally) in number properties protected.