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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Our volunteer, Steve Alboucq, visited his neighborhood preserve, Mount Woodard Marsh, and captured some exquisite photos of a Cedar Waxwing.

A few weeks ago these birds were acting like fly catchers and eating insects, but now they have moved onto their true love - ripe berries! They are gluttons for berries and can survive on fruit alone for months at a time.

In this marsh they may already be on their second clutch of chicks, tucked safely away in a cup nest that they built in the fork of a tree or shrub.

Happy berry picking you masked beauty!

#ProtectWhatYouLove #Land4All #SanJuanIslands #OrcasIsland
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Our volunteer, Steve Alboucq, visited his neighborhood preserve, Mount Woodard Marsh, and captured some exquisite photos of a Cedar Waxwing.

A few weeks ago these birds were acting like fly catchers and eating insects, but now they have moved onto their true love - ripe berries! They are gluttons for berries and can survive on fruit alone for months at a time. 

In this marsh they may already be on their second clutch of chicks, tucked safely away in a cup nest that they built in the fork of a tree or shrub. 

Happy berry picking you masked beauty!

#ProtectWhatYouLove #Land4All #SanJuanIslands #OrcasIsland

Yes! Let's help out our friend and partner, San Juan County Land Bank during this challenging time.

While visiting and enjoying your island's protected places, we encourage you to spend a bit of time removing invasive species when you see them.

Our community can really make a difference in preserving the unique and fragile ecosystems of these islands. Please read SJC Land Bank's #naturenote to learn how to effectively pitch in!Today's #naturenote is a request...COVID 19 is creating many unique challenges for literally everyone and the Land Bank is no exception. Typically we use a variety of strategies to achieve stewardship activities including volunteer work parties, collaborating with partners, engaging special interest groups, and leveraging help from youth conservation corps type organizations.

At this time we are not able to use a majority of these groups, coupled with being short-staffed on San Juan Island. Even with these challenges, and as we move into less restrictions, the Land Bank cares deeply about the health and safety of the community. We intend to take a cautionary approach to volunteer work parties.

With this in mind, we are soliciting volunteer assistance for help with noxious weed control. Rather than running work parties, we are hoping that individuals, or households which are in the same “germ bubble” might be able to assist with weed control along roads and trails of publicly accessible preserves.

Please reach out if you’d like to help. Contact Tanja at 360-378-4402. We can assign you to a specific area, provide resources on best practices, and track volunteer time. Whether you are able to spend five minutes or five hours, every bit helps maintain and enhance the beauty and ecological function of your conservation lands.
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Yes! Lets help out our friend and partner, San Juan County Land Bank during this challenging time. 

While visiting and enjoying your islands protected places, we encourage you to spend a bit of time removing invasive species when you see them. 

Our community can really make a difference in preserving the unique and fragile ecosystems of these islands. Please read SJC Land Banks #naturenote to learn how to effectively pitch in!
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