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Greetings from the San Juans

american camp prairie, san juan island | credit: jeff brennan

MAY 2018

Welcome to the eighth 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

NotE FROM ANGELA: growing community conservation (Part I)


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

This is truly an exciting time to have joined the Preservation Trust. It’s been just over three months since my family and I made the big move from Kapaa, Kauai, to Shaw Island.

My 17-plus years of experience working in the conservation field in Hawaii had a profound influence on my understanding of our relationship to the land. Fundamental to Hawaiian culture is the understanding that humans and land exist in a reciprocal relationship. We share a common destiny, and the health of each depends on the existence and wellbeing of the other.

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News from SJPT

Maggie Mackinlay

have you seen this butterfly?

The rare and wonderful island marble butterfly is on the wing. Its field season has begun. With likely fewer than 200 marbles in existence and an adult lifespan often lasting 10 days or less, the butterfly’s opportunities to breed are limited and intense. Time is of the essence to support this enigmatic beauty and to help it find safe havens here on San Juan Island.

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Photo: jeff brennan

Maggie Mackinlay

a new way to visit vendovi

Vendovi Island is one of the Preservation Trust's most spectacular preserves, but it's hard to get there unless you have your own boat or manage to snag a coveted place in one of our Vendovi outings for SJPT members. That's about to change, however, with the advent of a new series of tours that Bellingham-based San Juan Cruises is launching this summer. And they're offering a discounted rate for SJPT members.

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photo: staff archive

Maggie Mackinlay

speaking of vendovi ...

The spring wildflowers have put on their usual prolific and colorful show on Vendovi this year. Here's a gallery of camas, spring gold, fawn lilies and chocolate lilies captured during a Tiptop League trip to the island preserve on April 14. Thanks to the photographer, SJPT member Gene Helfman, for sharing these with us!

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Photo: gene helfman

Maggie Mackinlay

ira, RMD, QCD, SJPT?

Besides alphabet soup, what do these acronyms have in common? If you are 70 ½ years old or older and have an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), they can all point to some nifty tax benefits for you, even as you support SJPT's work to conserve and protect the islands you love.

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photo: view from turtleback | staff archive

Photo of the Month


Photo credit: joe belcovson

Joe Belcovson, a professional real estate photographer (and husband of SJPT Administrative Manager Jill Belcovson) had just finished a job on Blakely Island. During the short flight back to Friday Harbor, he captured this iconic San Juan Islands view, complete with a ferry plying azure waters and snowy Mount Baker in the background. Eagle Cliff (on Cypress Island) is visible at upper right.

Upcoming Events


june 16 | preening peach preserve

Join us for a trail-maintenance day at beautiful Peach Preserve on Guemes Island. We'll be improving the trail, removing invasives, and picking up debris.

10:00 a.m.—3:30 p.m. Free.

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july 28 | summer social

Visit with fellow Preservation Trust members and experience the new Ellis Family Preserve on Shaw Island. Free shuttle to and from the Shaw ferry dock.

11:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Fee: $35 for adults, kids under 12 free.

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august 18 | kayak to the crossbar

Paddle your (supplied) kayak from Snug Harbor to the Henry Island Isthmus. Explore new trails across the salt marsh and to “the Knoll” for great views.

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

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Partners in Perpetuity

Christian and Lea Andrade

Names: Susan McBain and Steve Jung

Gann Society members since: 2011 (Charter Members)

Place of residence: Eagle Lake, Orcas Island

Favorite island place: SJPT's Hogback Preserve, Orcas Island

Quote: “We care about land conservation and stewardship because they represent the essence of what brought us to the San Juan Islands. Uncrowded, quiet places, with great hiking, incredible vistas, clean air and water, and profusions of wildflowers. And more importantly, we know that the future of humanity depends on the health of the planet and its web of interdependent ecosystems.”

Read Susan and Steve's full story.

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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PO Box 759, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

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