San Juan Preservation Trust

Island Dispatch

October 2014

Photo by Will Fisher

OPEN SPACES, PROTECTED PLACES - Your Membership Makes It Possible

Water, sky, shoreline, forest. The solace that nature provides can often be what we need most. At the San Juan Preservation Trust, we are committed to expanding public access to beautiful island places so that everyone can experience the best of these islands.

Soon you will receive in your mailbox a request for an annual membership gift. Join or renew your membership with a gift of $100 or more by December 31, and receive an autographed copy of Day Hiking the San Juans and Gulf Islands. This wonderful compact hiking guide by Craig Romano and recently published by Mountaineers Books includes maps, photos and a handy “Hikes at a Glance” table that includes features such as which hikes have the best wildflowers or which are dog-friendly. With 136 hikes throughout the entire San Juan and Gulf Island archipelago to choose from, including those on several SJPT-owned preserves, you’ll have plenty of reasons to get outdoors.

We rely almost entirely on our members to help us acquire new public preserves, build trails and create places for you and your family. When you receive a letter from us this fall, remember that each and every gift, both large and small, becomes part of the future.


Warm, soft-spoken and kind, Charles “Chuck” Ludwig was a well-respected Waldron Island resident for more than six decades. Minnesota-born, Chuck discovered the Pacific Northwest as a conscientious objector during World War II. Afterwards, he and his young family settled on Waldron Island, which he playfully called an unintentional community. A peaceable man, Chuck had a calming influence at community meetings if they grew tense. Community was important to him, and conservation was a passion.

He was not a naturalist, but Chuck could look east from his home to Mount Disney and recognize its rich natural values as well as its beauty. Chuck was instrumental in the permanent protection of Cowlitz Bay Preserve. He, Bitte Baer and Bob Weaver advocated for its preservation, and later, for the Waldron Bitte Baer Preserve. We are grateful they were successful in their efforts, and to the legacy Chuck left when he passed away last June. The San Juan Preservation Trust was the recipient of a wonderful bequest from Chuck’s estate.