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  • Power Past Coal rally at FRIENDS' 2012 annual meeting
  • MacKaye Harbor Community Beach Day
  • Exploring Spencer Spit on Lopez Island
  • Volunteers welcome canoes at the 2011 Canoe Journey
  • School kids on Shaw Island

FRIENDS of the San Juans

With an ever growing list of human pressures impacting the islands, the stakes have never been higher for preserving the San Juans. FRIENDS restores habitat, protects water, forests and endangered species, while building thriving communities in the San Juan Islands through education, science, advocacy, and citizen engagement.

aFRIENDS has a busy year on the horizon restoring forage fish and salmon habitat; removing derelict toxic creosote pilings from our waters; protecting freshwater, wetlands, fish and wildlife through permit and policy review; educating and providing technical assistance for property owners and professionals about shoreline processes & development; engaging with concerned citizens, US and Canadian tribes, government officials and non-profit organizations on strategies to protect our shared waters from fossil fuel export; and promoting sustainable practices and clean, efficient energy options for our region.

FRIENDS will continue to provide the community with information about these and other emerging issues. There’s never been a better time to get involved or to make a special donation to protect and restore the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea for people and nature.


Watch! A Place at the Table: Benefits of Beach Restoration

Click here to watch! This video is about a project FRIENDS managed that removed large, unnatural rock from a historic feederbluff and restored a local beach. This project is helping to “set the table” for the entire Salish Sea food chain.

Removing unnecessary armoring and restoring this beach helps ensure that forage fish have the right kind of sand/gravel mixture to lay their eggs on and plenty of shade from vegetation to protect these eggs. Forage fish are tied to so much of what we love about the San Juans – they feed salmon, whales, birds and people. Watch this video and see how we can all work together to create healthy shorelines that will help our human and natural communities thrive!


San Juan County Students are Saving Energy!

The Cool School Challenge team at Lopez Elementary.

FRIENDS is excited to be working with the San Juan Islands Conservation District, Islands Energy and OPALCO on the Cool School Challenge (CSC).  The CSC engages students in reducing energy and carbon dioxide emissions school-wide.  Contact Katie at or 360-378-2319 if you know a San Juan County school who is interested in participating.


Help us protect the Salish Sea through a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) designation!

To reduce the risks posed by an oil spill from global shipping, FRIENDS is leading a transboundary effort in Washington State and British Columbia to designate the Salish Sea as a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

A PSSA designation is a tool that the global community can adopt for an area that needs special protection because of significance for recognized ecological, socioeconomic or scientific reasons and because it may be vulnerable to damage by international shipping activities.

Click here to watch the Safe Passage in the Salish Sea video to learn more then click here to sign on to the official PSSA petition. Thank you for your support!

Learn more about the Salish Sea PSSA:

Salish Sea PSSA Infographic:

Protecting the Future of the Pacific Northwest Video by LUSH Cosmetics:

PSSA Working Group: Background Paper

PSSA Feasibility Study Report for the Salish Sea

Designating the Salish Sea as a PSSA Informational Booklet



Salish Sea Vessel Traffic Projections: A 43% Increase

If all the new and expanding terminal and refinery projects in the Salish Sea are permitted and developed, including projects that became operational in 2014, there would be a 43% increase in large, commercial marine vessel traffic.

FRIENDS and San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping have released the Salish Sea Vessel Traffic Projections featuring 18 new or expanded proposed or recently completed projects, which cumulatively would add an additional 5,300 annual vessel transits to and from ports in British Columbia and Washington State.

Click here to learn more: infographic, source document and press release.






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Become a member!

Attend Orca Sing 2016! June 25, Lime Kiln State Park, San Juan, 7 p.m. Click here for details.

Make the Salish Sea a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area!  Click here to add your voice and sign the petition today!

Join us for one of our 2016 events! From exploring outer islands, to hiking in beautiful places to enjoying time on the beach - we've got something for everyone! Click here for a full list.

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PO Box 1344, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 Phone: (360) 378-2319, Fax: (360) 378-2324 © 2013