Islanders for the
San Juan Islands National Monument
Resource Management Plan Status
It has been a long road. The San Juan Islands National Monument was created on March 25, 2013. The Monument Advisory Committee (MAC), appointed to advise the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on the Resource Management Plan first met in October of 2014. And the Resource Management Planning process officially kicked off in March of 2015.
Between 2015 and today, the BLM sought public input on the issues to be addressed, created draft plans for analysis, received public comment on those drafts, and published an over 900-page Proposed Resource Management Plan [very large PDF file] in 2019.
We are now waiting for the Record of Decision (ROD) that is the final implementable Resource Management Plan (RMP) from BLM. This RMP will guide the "implementation level" decisions that will be made by BLM to manage, restore, and protect the San Juan Islands National Monument in the years to come.
In May of 2022, BLM staff told the MAC that they expected the ROD to be published in September or October of 2022. That is now past, so we are hoping for early 2023.
Included in the materials that BLM is considering as they modify the Proposed RMP to become the ROD are hundreds of protests submitted by the public (all of which were rejected by BLM), issues summarized by Islanders for the San Juan Islands National Monument, and the following specific documents (all submitted to BLM by the MAC at their first post-Proposed-RMP meeting after not being allowed to convene during crucial parts of the drafting process):
The letter submitted to the BLM by Governor Inslee as part of his Consistency Review of the Proposed RMP
The protest letter submitted by the San Juan County Council in response to the proposed RMP
A Summary of Issues in the Proposed RMP prepared by Islanders for the San Juan Islands National Monument for the Protest Period last winter
A letter from the San Juan County Council expressing concern about gaps in the latest MAC appointments
Islanders for the San Juan Islands National Monument is a group of local citizens who care deeply for the lands of the San Juan Islands National Monument 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.
Islanders for the San Juan Islands National Monument advocated for the designation of the Monument, which was achieved in 2013. Since then, Islanders, has worked to inform the public of key engagement and advocacy opportunities, such as public meetings, and compile information to enable the public to engage productively with the BLM and others on issues surrounding the Monument.
Our History page contains information about the advocacy efforts that led to creation of the Monument as well as the history of the first 5 years of the Monument's existence. Our Resources page includes more recent information distributed during key input phases in the development of the Monument's Resource Managagement Plan.