San Juan Islands News
the Klahowya Ferry
Five Meetings, Four Days, Three Islands, and a Ferry—Spokane District Launches San Juan Islands RMP!
"Klahowya" is Chinook for "greetings," so it was fitting that the BLM Spokane District kicked off the San Juan Islands National Monument resource management plan with a scoping meeting aboard the interisland Klahowya Ferry.
In addition to the ferry, scoping meetings were held in Friday Harbor, Lopez, Eastsound, and Anacortes. Each meeting included a number of passionate community members interested in learning more about the National Monument and the planning process.
"Many people who attended the meetings have been involved with the Monument in the past," said Lauren Pidot, lead planner for the RMP. "It was fun getting to talk about planning with such engaged members of the public."
The San Juan Islands National Monument, established by Presidential Proclamation in 2013, encompasses approximately 1,000 acres of public land spread across a uniquely beautiful archipelago of over 450 islands, rocks, and pinnacles.
To learn more about the San Juan Islands National Monument planning effort, visit www.blm.gov/SanJuanIslandsNM/RMP.