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  • Oystercatchers
  • Cascade Falls, Orcas Island
  • Hundreds of islanders arriving on the interisland ferry to speak up against coal export. Photo by Kelly Andrews
  • FRIENDS efforts work to protect San Juan County's coastal and upland wetlands
  • A large ship transits through Haro Strait in the fog  photo by Chris Teren
  • Local kids exploring the San Juans
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Advocacy

Defending our Shorelines
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Land Use
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Critical Areas Ordinance Update
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Shoreline Master Program Update
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Safe Shipping through the Salish Sea
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Water
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Endangered Species

 

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Working for ALL of the Islands' Inhabitants

 

FRIENDS advocates for environmental protection in the San Juans on issues ranging from the health of marine ecosystems in the countys shorelines to clean drinking water, farmland protection, and our wonderful quality of life.  We strive to ensure that government agencies issue scientifically-based land use and environmental decisions, and that they are held accountable when they issue decisions that do not meet legal and regulatory protection requirements.  FRIENDS also participates in local and regional public processes to review and update regulatory protections, ensuring the best scientific and policy information is applied.

FRIENDS advocacy program focuses on...

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Defending our Shorelines

Despite legal protections and the broad recognition of the critical value of nearshore ecosystems, development continues to harm the shoreline in San Juan County and the Puget Sound.  Through science, policy, and law, FRIENDS works with county, state, and federal government officials to ensure strict compliance with existing regulations and to strengthen legal protections for marine shorelines.

Land Use

FRIENDS staff seek compliance with the Growth Management Act and local regulations by reviewing land use proposals for preservation of the countys rural character and native ecosystems, protection of air and water quality, retention of open space, and conservation of agricultural resource lands.

Water

FRIENDS participates on the San Juan Countys Water Resources Management Committee to guide water development that is sensitive to the county's precious water resources.  FRIENDS also advocates against proposals that fail to demonstrate sufficient quantity or quality of water..

Endangered Species

FRIENDS advocates for species at risk of extinction!  Over the past several years, FRIENDS has collaborated with conservation partners to protect the Southern Resident Killer Whale, Island Marble Butterfly, Cherry Point herring, and other species that are either listed under the Endangered Species Act or qualify for listing.


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