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March 31, 2013 at 7:04 AM

Obama makes San Juan Islands a national monument

Victory for Washington state, economically and otherwise

This 200 photo shows the LIghthouse at the southern end, Cattle Point, on San Juan Island. President Barack Obama has designated five new national monuments, including the whole of the San Juan Islands. (ELLEN M. BANNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES)

This 200 photo shows the LIghthouse at the southern end, Cattle Point, on San Juan Island. President Barack Obama has designated five new national monuments, including the whole of the San Juan Islands. (ELLEN M. BANNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES)

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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