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San Juan Islands get national protection

March 25th, 2013 - 5:40am

(Undated) -- Nearly 1000 acres of the San Juan Islands will be protected as a national monument.

Portions of Orcas, San Juan and Lopez Islands will be designated as a national monument following an announcement by President Obama. The proclamation will afford the San Juans and four other sites across the country permanent protections under the Antiquities Act of 1906. Orcas Island Sen. Kevin Ranker says the designation is the culmination of years of work by local and state leaders to ensure that the San Juans can be enjoyed by future generations.

"We're going to permanently protect nearly a thousand acres of some of the more beautiful places in the San Juan archipelago. Locals and visitors alike cherish these areas as incredible natural and recreational resources," said Ranker.

The San Juans are the third national monument in Washington state, following Mount St. Helens and the Hanford Reach.

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