Friends of the San Juans

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FRIENDS has successfully advocated for healthy, sustainable communities and has defended natural spaces and wildlife for over 30 years. Our scientists, educators and lawyers provide the expertise that citizens and groups need to protect and preserve the Islands. Founded in 1979, FRIENDS now boasts a team of five staff and a vibrant Board of Directors. This growth has been fuelled by a record of success in science, education, advocacy, and policy to create a sustainable San Juans.


  • Friends has led a range of scientific investigations to develop a basis for conservation in the Islands.
  • Friends publications provide a substantial archive of planning, maps and data related to the archipelago.
  • Whitman et al 2012 provides a synthesis of studies to inform salmon recovery through spatially explicity assessment of the archipelago landscape.
  • Friends of the San Juans 2014 provides a legal, transportation and ecological analysis of armoring impacts under sea level rise.