New Trail Signs on Mitchell Hill

By Mike, July 1, 2015 10:15 PM

The NPS hosted a work party today to install new signs on Mitchell Hill. This will make it easier to negotiate the network of trails in the area without getting lost. The Youth Conservation Corp and members of the Trails Committee helped out. Sandwiches, watermelon and cold drinks were provided after the work was done. Check it out!


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By Mike, June 10, 2015 8:44 PM

From Trees to Tap: The Workings of a Working Watershed. Meet caretaker Will Hamilton and water systems manager Chad Hoffman for an educational tour of the Briggs Lake area (known as the Roche Harbor Watershed) which is a private forest providing water, wood, wildlife and recreation which is enjoyed by many islanders. Learn what makes this watershed and water treatment plant property so unique. Take the watershed tour, a distance of 1.25mi. and then walk .75 mi. or drive to a tour of the water treatment plant where liquid refreshments will be served. Terrain: grassy trails, level to downhill (no uphill). Rating: gentle. Dogs on leashes okay. Rain or shine. Meet and park at corner of Roche Harbor and West Valley Roads. Limited parking; please carpool if possible.

Poetry Walks

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By Mike, April 3, 2015 12:18 PM

In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, as well as National Poetry Month, The Land Bank, with help from its partners, SJI Library, SJI National Historical Park, SJI Trails Committee, Lime Kiln Point State Park, and Friends of Lime Kiln Society (F.O.L.K.S.), have placed nature-inspired poems, submitted and selected by Islanders, along trails winding through some of San Juan Island’s most inspiring natural settings – Limekiln and Deadman Bay Preserves, Lime Kiln Point State Park, and American Camp.
The Poetry Trails are yours to explore during regular Park and Preserve hours throughout the month of April.  Included in our month long celebration is a series of three Saturday guided poetry walks.  Poetry Walks Flyer

“A Decade of Living at Windy Corner on the Yukon River in Alaska.”

By Mike, March 25, 2015 9:36 AM


Using slides, Lynette Roberts and Steve Ulvi will share stories and memories of the people and the immense taiga landscape while learning to live a simple life in the bush along the Upper Yukon River near Eagle, Alaska. They lived, worked and adventured in Alaska for 33 years, moving to San Juan island in 2007 to build a new homestead life in retirement. Refreshments will be served.

Know Your Island Walk, Sat. March 28

By Mike, March 16, 2015 6:52 PM

Sat. March 28, 2015, 1-4pm.
Meet Kathleen Foley of the San Juan Preservation Trust and Tanja Williamson of the San Juan County Land Bank for a behind the scenes look at an exciting land acquisition project being undertaken for future public use. Learn about the Mount Grant Preserve (formerly known as Lawson Ridge) and get a peek at its spectacular views of San Juan Island. Distance: 2 mi. RT. Terrain: old unpaved road and rough unfinished path with significant uphill and down. Altitude gain/loss 500′. Rating: moderate to difficult. No dogs, please. Rain or shine. Binoculars suggested. Meet and park at the Preserve entrance on West Valley Road. Look for sandwich sign saying “San Juan Preservation Trust/ Land Bank Event”. Parking is limited so please try to carpool.

Spring Is Here Potluck, March 19th

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By Mike, March 8, 2015 8:02 PM

March 19th, 6pm at the Grange Hall. Continue reading 'Spring Is Here Potluck, March 19th'»


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By Mike, March 8, 2015 7:57 PM

Wednesday, March 11, 7pm. San Juan Island Public Library Main Salon.
Meet Lee Taylor, Superintendent of San Juan Island National Historical Park to hear about the accomplishments of our park in 2014 and the plans for 2015. This is a special addition to the Know Your Islanders Talks just as Lee has become a special addition to our island. Refreshments will be served.

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