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Greetings from the San Juans

camas bloom on vendovi island | credit: tom dempsey


MARCH 2018

Welcome to the seventh 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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Steve McKeon

Angela Anderson


NotE FROM ANGELA: buoyed by our shared values


Dear Friends,

Just yesterday, a group of about two dozen SJPT staff members and trustees rolled up their sleeves to begin the daunting task of cleaning up a half-century’s worth of accumulated household “stuff” at the recently donated Ellis Family Preserve, on Shaw Island. The morning started off cloudy, rainy, and cold, making our job seem all the more challenging. As the hours passed, though, a transformation occurred. ...

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News from SJPT

Maggie Mackinlay

you're invited!

Please join us on Saturday, May 5, from 11:30am to 1:30pm at the San Juan Island Yacht Club for the Preservation Trust’s 39th official family gathering.

Meet Angela Anderson (see her inaugural Note as our new executive director, above) and listen to her featured talk about her conservation background and thoughts about SJPT's future.

register now

Photo: staff archive

Maggie Mackinlay

GIVEBIG day is coming up

GIVEBIG 2018 is Wednesday, May 9. The will be the final giveBIG, the Seattle Foundation’s 24-hour online giving event to raise funds for area nonprofit organizations.

The San Juan Preservation Trust is among more than 1,500 nonprofits that benefit from this marathon fundraising event. An anonymous donor has put forth $1,500 in matching funds, and we welcome other such challenges from our members.

If you’ve not yet joined SJPT or renewed your membership, please consider doing so through GIVEBIG. Mark your calendar—and you don’t have to wait until May 9: Schedule your GIVEBIG donations in advance, starting on April 26.

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Maggie Mackinlay

signs, signs, everywhere a sign

Well, they're not quite everywhere, but a new crop of interpretive and trail-marker signs has just sprung up on Vendovi Island and Turtlehead Preserves. These two sign packages complete a project that started more than five years ago, and has included previous installations at Sally's Garden on Lopez, Peach Preserve on Guemes, and the Graham Preserve on Shaw Island. We hope these signs add to visitors' enjoyment of these special island places.

Click to see a small gallery of photos taken during the Vendovi and Turtlehead installations.

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Photo: interpretive panel on turtlehead

Maggie Mackinlay

honoring tim seifert

To recognize and celebrate all that Tim Seifert accomplished during his 15+ years as SJPT’s Executive Director, the board and staff have created the Tim Seifert Endowed Fund. Contributions will provide resources needed to care for the land preserved during Tim’s tenure. …

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watch tribute video


Photo of the Month


Photo credit: adam Griesemer

Angela Anderson's husband, Adam Griesemer, snapped this photo of their daughter, Leela, looking out over Parks Bay at the Ellis Family Preserve (Shaw Island)  at sunset on March 1, 2018.


Upcoming Events


April 21-22 | earth day weekend work parties

Participate in both or just one of these days as we tackle projects on the beautiful Henry Island Preserve.

Time: TBA to registrants. Free.  Boat transport from Roche Harbor provided.

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may 5 | annual meeting, lunch & lecture

Meet new Executive Director Angela Anderson, who will talk about her conservation experience and vision. Held at the San Juan Island Yacht Club.

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Fee: $25 per person includes lunch.

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may 6 | year of the bird celebration

Help us celebrate the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Come to Red Mill Farm for a variety of bird-related talks and a bluebird-watching field trip.

Starts at 10:30 a.m. Free.

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Partners in Perpetuity

Christian and Lea Andrade

Name: Jean G. Schuster (1923–2018)


Many of our Gann Society members allow us to recognize them during their lifetimes, but there are some visionary folks who slip away before we have the chance to thank them personally. Jean Schuster is one of those generous souls. We learned of her bequest to the San Juan Preservation Trust only recently, from the attorney for her estate. What we know about Jean is limited to her obituary and from friends. She was born and raised in China and accepted to Radcliffe College at the age of 15. She was a social worker in New York City and Detroit, where she met her husband, John. She was extremely well-read, articulate, and kind. She made Lopez Island her home for 40+ years—and she must have loved the San Juan Islands, because she left a portion of her estate to help protect them. Jean, thank you!

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

360-378-2461 |