A National Monument Designation, Perhaps?

Our beautiful lighthouse from the air

Our beautiful lighthouse from the air

With Interior Secretary Salazar’s retirement from his post in the next month or so, we have been hoping for his legacy to include designation of the BLM properties in the San Juan Islands (yes, this includes ‘our” Patos Island) as a National Monument.

Islanders for a National Conservation Area gather in 2012

Islanders for a National Conservation Area gather in 2012

For years we have been hoping for long term protection of these lands, and for months now we have been crossing our eyes, ears, and thumbs that our dream would soon become a reality. Now we have a second chance if Secretary Salazar does not act before he leaves office. It looks like President Obama will be nominating REI (Recreational Equipment Incorporated) CEO, Sally Jewell, to be the incoming Secretary of the Interior. From what I have read,  Sally Jewell is the ultimate outdoor woman and advocate for conservation of public lands.

BLM Ranger Nick Teague shows a map of BLM Lands in San Juan County

BLM Ranger Nick Teague shows a map of BLM Lands in San Juan County

REI is a legendary outdoor company in the Pacific Northwest. The company is based in Washington State and is member owned. Here are the details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/REI

At this point we are not giving up on Secretary Salazar, but it is nice to also see the future looking so promising as well!

Read the story here: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-02-06/sally-jewell-obamas-interior-pick-has-something-for-everybody

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