Islanders for the

San Juan Islands National Monument

Thank you to the many people who commented for the San Juan Islands National Monument Resource Management Plan. Your strong voice in the management of the Monument is crucial and much appreciated.

The public comment period for the Resource Management Plan ended on January 3rd. Because many people have asked BLM to extend the comment period after the government shutdown ends, we are leaving these resources in place for possible future use. We have not heard of any extension being granted yet.

Keep up on the public comment period by signing up for our email updates!

During the Government Shutdown, the BLM website has been sometimes offline.

If needed, here are copies we've made of some of the relevant information you would find there:

If there is other information you need, we may have it. Email

The BLM is developing a Resource Management Plan for the Monument which will guide their stewardship of these lands for the next 15-20 years.

We've created Guides to help you with key issues and comments for the Draft Resource Management Plan for the San Juan Islands National Monument. See our Guides and Forms page for the full set!

You can provide input for that plan until January 3rd, 2019.

Step 1: Download the comment form(s) you want to fill out

Step 2: Read the Guide that matches that form

Step 3: Fill out the comment form

Step 4: Send it in to BLM at (that's a long email address!)

Repeat as often as you want for any topics that deserve your voice

You should keep a copy of your comments for reference. Add your email to the cc or bcc line to receive a copy in your email of what you submitted to BLM. If you’d like Islanders for the San Juan Islands National Monument to archive a copy, which we could use in case there is any future uncertainty about what input BLM has received, cc or bcc We will not share your contact information for other purposes.

You don't have to use the forms - you can share your comments via email to Either way, be sure to explain why your comment is appropriate - your stories, experiences, rationale, etc. matter!

BLM has created a useful Planning Process Primer and Guidebook, which gives information about the intent of the plan, a timeline for the process, and some information about sites in the Monument.

You can download the Full Draft Resource Managment Plan and EIS with Appendices as one big (nearly 100MB) file. The original files and supporting documents are all found here.

It is important to remember: The preferred alternative (Alternative B) is a potential starting point for a plan, but the actual Proposed Resource Management Plan will likely be different and will be designed after input from the public and cooperating agencies is received by BLM. You do not need to pick an alternative. BLM is required to present a range of alternatives but is not required to adopt one of the alternatives presented. You can focus how you would like the sites to be managed and why.

BLM has created this video to explain how to comment. You can use their forms, as in the video, or our forms, which look the same but can be edited on your computer. Don't forget to read our Guides to the Issues to prompt you on things to consider!

Islanders for the San Juan Islands National Monument is a group of local citizens who care deeply for these lands and work to ensure their care.

Our Monument protects precious sites in the San Juan Islands. These sites, managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), include recreation areas beloved by locals and visitors, cultural sites used by local tribes for thousands of years, historic lighthouses, disappearing habitat, and much more.

More information about the monument can be found on BLM's official website for the monument.