Who We Are

The San Juan Islands are blessed with extraordinary beauty and abundant natural features. Windswept shorelines, broad vistas, quiet forests, vital wildlife habitats, scenic farm lands—all have become part of our heritage.

Yet this heritage is slowly vanishing as the natural features we’ve come to love are eroded by rising popularity and steadily increasing development. The demand for land is forcing the conversion of precious undeveloped open land into home sites, encroaching on vulnerable ecosystems, destroying popular views, removing productive agricultural lands from use, and closing areas to people long accustomed to enjoying them as open space.

About the San Juan Preservation Trust

Founded by a group of island citizens in 1979, the San Juan Preservation Trust is a private, nonprofit, membership-based land trust dedicated to helping people and communities conserve land in the San Juan Islands of Washington State.

In 2012 the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, awarded the San Juan Preservation Trust with national accredited status. The Preservation Trust’s accreditation was renewed for another five-year term in September 2017. It is part of a prestigious group of 370 other land trusts (out of about 1,400 nationally) that have achieved this distinction since the accreditation program was launched in 2008.

The Preservation Trust is governed by a 21-member volunteer board of trustees and has a nine-person (full-time) staff. Offices are located in Friday Harbor (on San Juan Island). Financial support comes from the voluntary contributions of more than 2,000 private individuals, families, and foundations. The Preservation Trust is not affiliated with any government agency and does not receive any tax revenue.


Key programs of the San Juan Preservation Trust include:

CONSERVATION of wildlife habitat, scenic landscapes and other important natural values in the San Juan Islands. This is achieved through donation or purchase of land and conservation easements.

STEWARDSHIP of conservation interests, including restoration of damaged or neglected land.

EDUCATION, including habitat assessments for landowners, community outreach, field trips, interpretive programs, publications, and membership events.

FUNDRAISING to support Preservation Trusts activities, including land acquisition, stewardship, special projects, and annual operating expenses. Contributions are tax deductible (EIN 91-1078355).

Property Holdings

As of January 2017, the San Juan Preservation Trust had permanently protected more than 300 properties, 47 miles of shoreline and 17,000 acres on 20 islands, including land now managed as public parks, nature preserves, wildlife habitat and working farms and forests. The Preservation Trust ranks in the top two percent of land trusts (out of over 1,400 nationally) in number properties protected.