On March 25, 2013 President Obama signed a proclamation creating the San Juan Islands National Monument to permanently protect the BLM Lands in the islands.
National monument status permanently protects precious lands in the San Juan Islands. These sites, already managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), include recreational areas beloved by locals and visitors, cultural sites used by local tribes for thousands of years, historic lighthouses, disappearing habitat and much more.
The Islanders for the San Juan Islands National Monument are hosting a Meet and Greet on March 12th for the new Manager of the National Monument, Marcia deChadenedes at the San Juan Preservation Trust office, 468 Argyle Avenue, Friday Harbor from 3 to 6pm. Daniel Picard, BLM’s Spokane District Manager, will also attend.
All are invited to come by to meet Marcia and Daniel and talk with them about the San Juan Islands National Monument, the resource management planning process for the monument and the Resource Advisory Committee which is now in the process of accepting applications.
Marcia served for four months as interim monument manager last fall and March 9th joins the BLM’s Spokane District staff full-time in the monument manager position. She has worked in management positions with BLM’s National Conservation Lands for 11 years, as the program lead at Colorado BLM, on the California Coastal National Monument, on the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, as Heritage Tourism lead for New Mexico, and at the Camino Real International Heritage Center. She is a BLM national resource for the Partnerships Program, Heritage Tourism, and the Artist in Residence Program. She is a folklorist, Certified Interpretive Planner, and museums specialist, with a Master's Degree from the University of Oregon. Marcia will join Nick Teague, BLM Recreation Specialist, at the BLM Lopez Island Office, (360) 468-3754, and reports to BLM’s Spokane District Office.
Marcia comments about her new position as San Juan Islands National Monument manager, “To have the opportunity to be part of this community’s unsurpassed momentum to accomplish conservation collaboratively, is an honor – the stuff my dreams are made of!”
About These Lands
The BLM lands in the San Juan Islands include spectacular recreation lands, historic sites and rare habitat.
Visited by thousands of people annually, they are a key part of the landscape that defines the San Juan Islands.
Protecting these lands as a national monument was supported by our county governments, the governor, our congressional representatives, our senators, over 150 businesses and thousands of individuals.
National monuments and national conservation areas are managed as National Conservation Lands within BLM.
This gives them permanent protection, provides a set of priorities for BLM to use in managing the lands, gives the community a voice in their management and raises the visibility of the lands within BLM.