• Washington Vying For New National Monument

    Anacortes, WA – The San Juan County Council is asking Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to champion the idea of making about 1,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land on Washington’s scenic San Juan Islands into a new national monument. If that happens, it would be the culmination of three years of work by local volunteer groups, who already help the BLM maintain the property.

    Jamie Stephens, a member of the San Juan County Council, says it isn’t a single parcel of land, and includes some popular hiking trails, wildlife habitat and three historic lighthouses.

    Some of the reefs and rocks just provide valuable habitat. But, for instance, Lopez Island and the lighthouses, those are also important recreational areas. We’re a tourism economy, so it’s important to be able to keep them maintained and conserved. – Jamie Stephens
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