Our San Juan Islands

Conserve now. Enjoy forever.

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.

Together with our landowner partners, the Preservation Trust—a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization—has permanently protected more than 300 properties, 45 miles of shoreline, 27 miles of trails and 18,000 acres on 20 islands.

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6 days ago

San Juan Preservation Trust

Check out this Stair-step Moss (Hylocomium splendens) that Dean is teaching the SJICC about (close-up in the upper left corner).

It is called Stair-step Moss because every year it grows another step-like arrangement of feathery 'fronds'. By counting each step, you can find out how many years the moss has been growing. The more time it has to grow, the springier the forest's green carpet will be!

Photo: Dean Dougherty with SJICC | Graham Preserve
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Check out this Stair-step Moss (Hylocomium splendens) that Dean is teaching the SJICC about (close-up in the upper left corner). 

It is called Stair-step Moss because every year it grows another step-like arrangement of feathery fronds. By counting each step, you can find out how many years the moss has been growing. The more time it has to grow, the springier the forests green carpet will be! 

Photo: Dean Dougherty with SJICC | Graham Preserve

The Ellis Preserve dock has company!

A Purple Martin (Progne subis) nest box, that was crafted this spring by the Johns family, is currently in use. Check out their volunteer project here: https://sjpt.org/learn-at-home-project-purple-mart…

If you are interested in DIY-ing with your young ones this summer, building one of these bird boxes is a wonderful way to help out a "priority species" while enhancing your wood working skills. If you need any more info or further recommendations, drop us a line!

Photo: Purple Martin feeding young | Georgia Drost
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The Ellis Preserve dock has company! 

A Purple Martin (Progne subis) nest box, that was crafted this spring by the Johns family, is currently in use. Check out their volunteer project here: https://sjpt.org/learn-at-home-project-purple-martins/

If you are interested in DIY-ing with your young ones this summer, building one of these bird boxes is a wonderful way to help out a priority species while enhancing your wood working skills. If you need any more info or further recommendations, drop us a line!

Photo: Purple Martin feeding young | Georgia Drost
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