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The San Juan Preservation Trust works with our local communities and people like you to permanently conserve and care for special places throughout the San Juan Islands.

We acknowledge that we reside on the ancestral lands and waters of the Coast Salish people, who have called this place home since time immemorial, and we honor the inherent, aboriginal, and treaty rights that have been passed down from generation to generation.

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3 days ago
San Juan Preservation Trust

It’s Giving Tuesday—a global generosity movement which invites you to give to the organizations doing work that matters to you.

Conserve. Care. Connect.

Something about the Preservation Trust’s mission has resonated with you and we need our broad community of supporters to help us continue this work. Please make a gift today to preserve our beautiful island home.

Please visit sjpt.org/donate to make a contribution.

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It’s Giving Tuesday—a global generosity movement which invites you to give to the organizations doing work that matters to you. 

Conserve. Care. Connect. 

Something about the Preservation Trust’s mission has resonated with you and we need our broad community of supporters to help us continue this work. Please make a gift today to preserve our beautiful island home. 

Please visit sjpt.org/donate to make a contribution.

#sjpt 
#sanjuanpreservationtrust 
#sji 
#sanjuanislands 
#salishsea 
#conservation 
#landpreservation 
#getoutside 
#conserve 
#connect 
#care 
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1 week ago
San Juan Preservation Trust

On this Native American Heritage Day, we would like to highlight the work of one of many Coast Salish tribal members who have helped us shed some of our cultural blinders and sharpen our understanding of the past and present of the place where we live and work.

Rena Priest is a Lhaq’temish (Lummi) tribal member and writer. She’s the current Washington State Poet Laureate—the first Indigenous poet to serve in that distinguished role.

We were honored to meet Rena in person during one of our Vendovi Wildflower Walks last April, when she was gracious enough to speak to the group about her ancestors’ history in the islands and ongoing treaty rights.

Rena’s poetry draws on history, science, and pop culture to tell stories and reveal truths. While many of her poems employ lyrical passages to create beautiful imagery, they also shine a light on the multi-generational trauma of land theft, genocide, and dispossession of Indigenous people under colonialism.

A good example is one of her recently published poems, titled “Welcome to Indian Country.” It begins with heartwarming, simple verses, almost like a nursery rhyme:

Where is Indian Country?
It’s everywhere we stand.
It’s anywhere we dance.
It’s where the earth loves
the feel of our feet. ...

After a few more lovely, lilting stanzas, the poem ends with a punchline that contrasts sharply–and tellingly–with the rest of its welcoming tone:

Welcome to Indian Country.
It’s everywhere we dance and
where the feast is truly grand.
Welcome to Indian Country.
Now give us back our land!

The message gives us something to think about on this day, and every day.

Read the entire poem and find links to more of Rena’s poetry here:

poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/158380/welcome-to-indian-country

Learn more about Rena and her work here: renapriest.com

#sjpt
#sanjuanpreservationtrust
#sji
#sanjuanislands
#salishsea
#conservation
#landpreservation
#getoutside
#conserve
#connect
#care
#poetry
#LummiNation
#NativeAmericanHeritage
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On this Native American Heritage Day, we would like to highlight the work of one of many Coast Salish tribal members who have helped us shed some of our cultural blinders and sharpen our understanding of the past and present of the place where we live and work. 

Rena Priest is a Lhaq’temish (Lummi) tribal member and writer. She’s the current Washington State Poet Laureate—the first Indigenous poet to serve in that distinguished role.   
   
We were honored to meet Rena in person during one of our Vendovi Wildflower Walks last April, when she was gracious enough to speak to the group about her ancestors’ history in the islands and ongoing treaty rights.  

Rena’s poetry draws on history, science, and pop culture to tell stories and reveal truths. While many of her poems employ lyrical passages to create beautiful imagery, they also shine a light on the multi-generational trauma of land theft, genocide, and dispossession of Indigenous people under colonialism.   

A good example is one of her recently published poems, titled “Welcome to Indian Country.” It begins with heartwarming, simple verses, almost like a nursery rhyme: 

Where is Indian Country? 
It’s everywhere we stand. 
It’s anywhere we dance. 
It’s where the earth loves 
the feel of our feet. ... 

After a few more lovely, lilting stanzas, the poem ends with a punchline that contrasts sharply–and tellingly–with the rest of its welcoming tone: 

Welcome to Indian Country. 
It’s everywhere we dance and 
where the feast is truly grand. 
Welcome to Indian Country. 
Now give us back our land! 

The message gives us something to think about on this day, and every day. 

Read the entire poem and find links to more of Rena’s poetry here: 

poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/158380/welcome-to-indian-country

Learn more about Rena and her work here: renapriest.com

#sjpt 
#sanjuanpreservationtrust 
#sji 
#sanjuanislands 
#salishsea 
#conservation 
#landpreservation 
#getoutside 
#conserve 
#connect 
#care 
#poetry
#LummiNation 
#NativeAmericanHeritage 
#NativeAmericanHeritageMonth 
#NativeAmericanHeritageDay
1 week ago
San Juan Preservation Trust

Whether it's the rolling hills or the lush valleys, the wide open pastures or the mature forests, the creeks or the ponds, we are so grateful for the beautiful lands and waterways around us.

They give us life and meaning in this world, and it's a pretty nice corner of the world to be in.

This is an aerial shot of a property in Crow Valley on the west side of Orcas Island that we recently acquired (more to come on that later), but we wanted to share it during this holiday week.

The parcel's beautiful mosaic of wildlife habitat, working farmland, fresh-water wetlands and streams, and mixed-age forest containing many old-growth trees has provided expansive pastoral views for generations of islanders. We're proud to protect it in perpetuity.

What special places are you thankful for?

Do you have a favorite nook in the islands that you'd like to share with us?

Let us know in the comments below!

#sjpt
#sanjuanpreservationtrust
#sji
#sanjuanislands
#salishsea
#conservation
#landpreservation
#getoutside
#conserve
#connect
#care
#orcasisland
#farmland
#gratitude
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Whether its the rolling hills or the lush valleys, the wide open pastures or the mature forests, the creeks or the ponds, we are so grateful for the beautiful lands and waterways around us. 

They give us life and meaning in this world, and its a pretty nice corner of the world to be in.

This is an aerial shot of a property in Crow Valley on the west side of Orcas Island that we recently acquired (more to come on that later), but we wanted to share it during this holiday week. 

The parcels beautiful mosaic of wildlife habitat, working farmland, fresh-water wetlands and streams, and mixed-age forest containing many old-growth trees has provided expansive pastoral views for generations of islanders. Were proud to protect it in perpetuity. 

What special places are you thankful for? 

Do you have a favorite nook in the islands that youd like to share with us?

Let us know in the comments below!

#sjpt 
#sanjuanpreservationtrust 
#sji 
#sanjuanislands 
#salishsea 
#conservation 
#landpreservation 
#getoutside 
#conserve 
#connect 
#care 
#orcasisland 
#farmland 
#gratitude
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