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Greetings from the San Juans

View from tiptop hill on stuart island | credit: peter fromm

June 2018

Welcome to the ninth issue of the San Juan Preservation Trust’s email newsletter. We hope you will enjoy our digital postcard with news and notes about SJPT’s work in the San Juan Islands.

Please, write us back with your questions, comments, and ideas.

Protect the island places you love!

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Angela Anderson


growing community conservation - Part II


(Adapted from Angela’s presentation at SJPT’s Annual Meeting on May 5. This is part two of a two-part series. Read part one here.)

As the land trust movement has matured over the past decades, it has gone through various evolutionary stages. The first stage is land acquisition; the second is an emphasis on stewardship and adoption of organizational standards of practice; and the third stage is community conservation. These three stages normally overlap in time and are not at all mutually exclusive. ...

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News from SJPT

Maggie Mackinlay

summer social on shaw

Please join us for SJPT's 2018 Summer Social on Saturday, July 28, at the Ellis Family Preserve on Shaw Island, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults and free for kids under 12.

A free van will shuttle guests between the Shaw ferry landing and the Preserve, so no need to bring a car. You'll enjoy live music (including Shaw's own Kate Schuman), good food and beverages, historic tours (see below), a flea-market sale, and a self-guided walking tour of this wonderful preserve, so generously donated by the heirs of Fred and Marilyn Ellis.

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Photo: staff archive

Maggie Mackinlay

magical History tour

On June 15, architectural historian Boyd Pratt led a well-attended tour of the Tharald Homestead—the historic structures on what is now known as the Ellis Family Preserve on Shaw Island. The homestead was settled in 1883 by Norwegian immigrant Theodore Tharald. The cabin that he and his brother, Thomas, built is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Boyd will lead two more tours during our Summer Social on July 28 at the Ellis Family Preserve. This is just another great reason to attend the Summer Social! (Read more about the event above.)

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Maggie Mackinlay

thank you, kurt thorson

When it came to conveying SJPT’s work visually, no one has provided more spectacular and compelling island images to us than did Kurt Thorson. On June 11, we lost Kurt to ALS. Through his eyes, we will continue see our islands and tell our stories. …

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kurt thorson | contributed photo

Photo of the Month


Photo credit: kurt thorson

"Coming In For a Landing" is one of scores of photos that Kurt Thorson took on Vendovi Island starting in 2011, when the Preservation Trust was preparing to launch a multi-million-dollar acquisition campaign. Kurt's images evoked the wonders of Vendovi, inspiring hundreds of people who had never been there to contribute towards the campaign's ultimate success.

Upcoming Events


july 28 | summer social at Ellis family preserve

Enjoy great food, live music, historical tours, and a flea-market sale in a gorgeous place.

11:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Fee: $35 per adult, kids under 12 free. Free shuttle will meet ferries.

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august18 | kayak to the (henry) crossbar

Paddle from Snug Harbor to the Henry Island Isthmus. Explore new trails for stunning views.

10:15 a.m.–3:15 p.m. Fee: $110 includes kayak rental and van from Friday Harbor.

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october 20 | fall photo safari to vendovi island

Join photographer Joe Belcovson on a hunt for great autumn images on Vendovi Island.

Depart from Obstruction Pass dock at 10:15 a.m. Fee: $45, includes boat transport.

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Partners in Perpetuity

Christian and Lea Andrade


For this month's "Profile in Perpetuity," instead of introducing a Gann Society member, we decided to introduce a new way of honoring members of the Gann Society in memoriam.

We call them Gann Society memorial markers, and we recently installed the first one on SJPT's Graham Preserve (pictured at left). It memorializes Beverly Graham who, with her husband, Ernest Graham, bequeathed their 99-acre Shaw Island property to the Preservation Trust.

These custom-engraved, solid bronze markers will provide a lasting reminder of the permanent legacy that members of the Gann Society have made to conservation in these islands.

Learn about joining the Gann Society here.

The Gann Society

The Gann Society is a group of individuals who have notified us that they have provided for the San Juan Preservation Trust in their estate plans. Their planned giving will help protect the San Juan Islands forever. Please consider providing for the San Juan Preservation Trust in your will.

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The San Juan Preservation Trust

PO Box 759, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

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