Public Scoping Meeting for Lopez Island’s Watmough Preserve

Submitted by San Juan County

Join the San Juan County Conservation Land Bank for a public scoping meeting on March 19, 2024, and help shape the Watmough Preserve Stewardship and Management Plan (SMP), which includes the Watmough addition (aka “the Higgins Property”).

“These scoping meetings are a great opportunity for our community to inform the stewardship and management plan, and we look forward to engaging with all who participate in this phase of the planning process,” said Land Bank Commissioner Peggy Bill.

The meeting will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. The public is encouraged to help identify issues or concerns that should be addressed in the planning process.

Can’t make the meeting in person? Meeting materials will be posted on the Land Bank website the Friday prior to the meeting. Written comments can be submitted by email to

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Contact: Tanja Williamson, Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator,, 360-378-4402

About San Juan County’s Land Bank

San Juan County’s Land Bank, funded by a 1% real estate excise tax paid by purchasers of property at closing, acquires and preserves areas in the county that have environmental, agricultural, aesthetic, cultural, scientific, historic, scenic, or low-intensity recreational value. The department offices are located at 328 Caines Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. For more information about San Juan County’s Land Bank, visit