March 31, 2013 at 7:04 AM
Obama makes San Juan Islands a national monument
Victory for Washington state, economically and otherwise
Last October I visited the San Juan Islands and started to actively encourage President Obama to create a national monument on Lopez Island and surrounding areas. Recently I’ve learned that President Obama has in fact approved the creation of this outstanding new national monument [“Obama creates San Juan Islands National Monument: read the proclamation,” seattletimes.com, March 25].
I want to stand up to say how proud I am to have been a part of this effort. The creation of the national monument means that important lands reflecting our culture and history will be protected for generations to come. I imagine that we can look forward to an increase in tourism dollars and job creation as a result — so I see this as a big win-win for Washington state.
As a combat veteran and as someone who works to connect veterans to the environment as a means of healing and transition, I can see this land as a place where veterans and their families can come and reconnect to themselves, each other, the environment and the community. From my perspective I see this as a place that can potentially save lives but, most definitely enrich the life of all who visit.
–Jeremy W. Grisham, Edmonds
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