The Friends of Lopez Hill is a community group created in 2005
by a group of local citizens who love and respect Lopez Hill, and
who share the following mission and vision:
The mission of the Friends of Lopez Hill is to protect the 400
acres on Lopez Island known as Lopez Hill, and to preserve and
keep it in the public ownership and use for present and future
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The Friends of Lopez Hill envision a future in which:
• Lopez Hill remains in public ownership;
• All current legal recreational users can continue to access
• A designated road, adequate parking, and low-impact amenities
are provided to support that access;
• Future planning favors environmental preservation over
demands for increased human use;
• Public use will not severely damage or impact those pristine
qualities that make the Hill a valuable preserve for its ecological
community and a sanctuary for its human visitors.
In working with the San Juan County Council, the Washington State
Department of Natural Resources, the San Juan County Land Bank,
BLM, Lopez School, and other agencies and user groups, The Friends
of Lopez Hill seek to:
• EDUCATE the public about the ecology, history, uses, and
assets of Lopez Hill.
• FOSTER a management plan which will maintain the present
character of Lopez Hill by providing low-impact public access,
preserving its natural resources, and encouraging sustainable,
• PROTECT the environmental integrity of Lopez Hill by sponsoring
baseline ecological studies, developing an invasive species strategy,
and identifying sensitive areas for protection.
• ENCOURAGE public participation in the management and stewardship
of Lopez Hill.