About the San Juan Islands National Monument

Stewarded by Islanders for San Juan Islands National Monument

Situated in the northern reaches of Washington State’s Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands are a uniquely beautiful archipelago of over 450 islands, rocks, and pinnacles. The new San Juan Islands National Monument (established Mar. 25, 2013) encompasses approximately 1,000 acres of land spread across many of these rocks and islands. It contains a wide array of habitats, with woodlands, grasslands, and wetlands intermixed with rocky balds, bluffs, inter-tidal areas, and sandy beaches. This diversity of habitats is critical to supporting an equally varied collection of wildlife, including black-tail deer, river otter, mink, and an array of birdlife such as the threatened marbled murrelet and the recently reintroduced western bluebird.

From the blog

  • 03.26.14

    H.R. 1459 – The “Preventing New Parks” Bill, Up For House Vote Today

    Today, a vote for the “Preventing New Parks” bill, (H.R. 1459) stands as a direct assault on our National Parks, National Monuments and public lands conservation heritage. H.R. 1459, the Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act or “EPIC,” spells just that—an epic fail for protecting our … read more

  • 11.25.13

    Running for the Conservation Lands Comes to Seattle

    On Sunday December 1st, runners will take to the streets for the Amica Seattle Marathon and this year we’re an official charity partner. Six brave souls have been logging countless training miles while also raising money and awareness of the National Conservation Lands and more than a dozen others will … read more

  • 10.1.13

    Reports from the field: Public Lands Day 2013

    The 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day has been and gone. By all accounts, it was an amazing day all across the National Conservation Lands as members of our Friends Grassroots Network volunteered their time in support of our public lands. Here are some dispatches from the field… San … read more