Orcas Island, San Juan Islands, Washington
We are thrilled to select the San Juans as our Friday wilderness photo. Why? Because earlier this week Washington's San Juan Islands became one our nation's newest national monuments.
President Obama designated the San Juan Islands, along with New Mexico's Rio Grande del Norte on March 25. Three historic sites were also designated on that day. What a huge victory to win further protections for more of America's most special wildlands and historic sites!