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.

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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Next Saturday (Sept 25th) is a day of ACTION! Our island communities need all hands on deck to help clean up our beaches!

To get involved:
🌟 Step 1 - Please sign up by emailing your island's coordinator (listed below)

🌟 Step 2 - Document! Please tag your photos with #gicufall2021 on your social media, or email them to Sierra at sierra@sjpt.org.

🌟 Step 3 - Drop it off! Each island will collect a report of your service to better understand how much we have collectively picked up!

San Juan Island Details:
Litter can be dropped off—free of charge—at the Transfer Station (212 Sutton Rd.), on Sept. 25th from 9am—4pm. 🏆When you drop off trash, you will be entered in a raffle to win some awesome prizes! Prizes include a $50 gift certificate to the SJI Food Co-op, a pair of Alpaca socks from Krystal Acres, handmade pottery from Lot 4 Studio, and more!
Contact Katherine Dietzman at kdietzman@gmail.com to sign-up for beaches and Angie Light at angie.b.light@gmail.com to sign-up for roads.

Shaw Island Details:
Participants can bring the litter they pick up to the dumpster at the Shaw baseball field on Saturday, September 25 from 2—4pm.
Contact Jennifer Woodbridge: outsidelanguage1@gmail.com.

Orcas Island Details:
Come by the Village Green from 10am—2pm to sign-in and pick up supplies. You can bring your trash back to the Village Green by 2pm, or drop it off at the Orcas Transfer Station for no charge. Contact Pete Moe: pete@exchangeorcas.org / 376-4089.

Lopez Island Details:
On Lopez, they "Merf"! This means that all in-coming trash is weighed at the Solid Waste Facility, sorted through to pull out any recyclable items, then re-weighed. Each year they have saved thousands of pounds of recyclable items from entering the trash system. It takes a ton of dedicated folks to make this happen and the Lopez community if pretty proud of that.
Get in touch with Cyndi Smith: cyndi@smithscribe.com.

#PlasticFreeSalishSea #ProtectWhatYouLove #StewardshipNetwork
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Next Saturday (Sept 25th) is a day of ACTION! Our island communities need all hands on deck to help clean up our beaches!

To get involved:
🌟 Step 1 - Please sign up by emailing your islands coordinator (listed below)

🌟 Step 2 - Document! Please tag your photos with #gicufall2021 on your social media, or email them to Sierra at sierra@sjpt.org. 

🌟 Step 3 - Drop it off! Each island will collect a report of your service to better understand how much we have collectively picked up!

San Juan Island Details:
Litter can be dropped off—free of charge—at the Transfer Station (212 Sutton Rd.), on Sept. 25th from 9am—4pm. 🏆When you drop off trash, you will be entered in a raffle to win some awesome prizes! Prizes include a $50 gift certificate to the SJI Food Co-op, a pair of Alpaca socks from Krystal Acres, handmade pottery from Lot 4 Studio, and more!
Contact Katherine Dietzman at kdietzman@gmail.com to sign-up for beaches and Angie Light at angie.b.light@gmail.com to sign-up for roads. 

Shaw Island Details:
Participants can bring the litter they pick up to the dumpster at the Shaw baseball field on Saturday, September 25 from 2—4pm. 
Contact Jennifer Woodbridge: outsidelanguage1@gmail.com.

Orcas Island Details:
Come by the Village Green from 10am—2pm to sign-in and pick up supplies. You can bring your trash back to the Village Green by 2pm, or drop it off at the Orcas Transfer Station for no charge. Contact Pete Moe: pete@exchangeorcas.org / 376-4089.

Lopez Island Details:
On Lopez, they Merf! This means that all in-coming trash is weighed at the Solid Waste Facility, sorted through to pull out any recyclable items, then re-weighed. Each year they have saved thousands of pounds of recyclable items from entering the trash system. It takes a ton of dedicated folks to make this happen and the Lopez community if pretty proud of that.
Get in touch with Cyndi Smith: cyndi@smithscribe.com.

#PlasticFreeSalishSea #ProtectWhatYouLove #StewardshipNetwork

Thor Hanson's new book is out! Our island's beloved biologist explores how climate change is directing evolution in his newest book—Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid: The Fraught and Fascinating Biology of Climate Change.

🦗“Understanding biological responses to climate change can help us find our place within it,” Hanson writes. “Simply put, if bush crickets, bumblebees, and butterflies can learn to modify their behaviors, then it stands to reason that we can too.”

📔Join our former board president for his book-launch at Brickworks on Tuesday, September 28th at 7:00pm—thanks to Griffin Bay Bookstore.

More information found here:
https://sanjuanupdate.com/2021/09/…

📷Thor Hanson leading a butterfly walk for the Preservation Trust | Staff archive
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Thor Hansons new book is out! Our islands beloved biologist explores how climate change is directing evolution in his newest book—Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid: The Fraught and Fascinating Biology of Climate Change. 

🦗“Understanding biological responses to climate change can help us find our place within it,” Hanson writes. “Simply put, if bush crickets, bumblebees, and butterflies can learn to modify their behaviors, then it stands to reason that we can too.” 

📔Join our former board president for his book-launch at Brickworks on Tuesday, September 28th at 7:00pm—thanks to Griffin Bay Bookstore.

More information found here:
https://sanjuanupdate.com/2021/09/thor-hanson-book-launch/

📷Thor Hanson leading a butterfly walk for the Preservation Trust | Staff archive

Looking for a beneficial plant to brighten your backyard landscape in late summer and fall? The spiky, rich yellow blooms of Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) could be just the ticket.

🦋When you plant a native wildflower like C. goldenrod, you don’t just plant a flower, you help build a life-giving future for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Goldenrod provides a nutritious banquet for 59 known species of butterfly and moth caterpillars in our region, as well as specialist bees that depend on its pollen and chemical makeup to reproduce. With a long blooming period, goldenrod provides much-needed, late-season nectar for our island pollinators.

🏡At a time where 83 percent of land in the United States is privately owned, those who are privileged enough to own land can have a huge collective impact. Landscaping and gardening in a way that strengthens natural ecosystems is ever more important.

🏵️If you’ve fallen in love with this perennial powerhouse or with native plants in general, you’re in luck! You can purchase plants online today, September 10–17, during the Salish Seeds Project’s annual fall wildflower sale. For more info and to place an order, visit: sjpt.org/salish-seeds-plant-sale

🥾For more ideas on caring for your land in the San Juan Archipelago (and beyond), go to: sjpt.org/your-backyard
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Looking for a beneficial plant to brighten your backyard landscape in late summer and fall? The spiky, rich yellow blooms of Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) could be just the ticket.

🦋When you plant a native wildflower like C. goldenrod, you don’t just plant a flower, you help build a life-giving future for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Goldenrod provides a nutritious banquet for 59 known species of butterfly and moth caterpillars in our region, as well as specialist bees that depend on its pollen and chemical makeup to reproduce. With a long blooming period, goldenrod provides much-needed, late-season nectar for our island pollinators.

🏡At a time where 83 percent of land in the United States is privately owned, those who are privileged enough to own land can have a huge collective impact. Landscaping and gardening in a way that strengthens natural ecosystems is ever more important. 

🏵️If you’ve fallen in love with this perennial powerhouse or with native plants in general, you’re in luck! You can purchase plants online today, September 10–17, during the Salish Seeds Project’s annual fall wildflower sale. For more info and to place an order, visit: sjpt.org/salish-seeds-plant-sale

🥾For more ideas on caring for your land in the San Juan Archipelago (and beyond), go to: sjpt.org/your-backyard

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According to online resources, this is not a NW native, is loved by paper wasps, is overlooked by butterflies, and is invasive. This doesn’t sound like a good backyard plant. What am I missing.

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