Leaders celebrate San Juan Islands preservation

Seattle Times - AP Staff

ANACORTES, Wash. — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Sen. Maria Cantwell, Reps. Rick Larsen and Suzan DelBene celebrated the designation of the San Juan Islands National Monument with environmental, tribal and other community leaders Monday morning at an event in Anacortes.

Another celebration was planned Monday afternoon on Lopez Island.

President Obama signed a proclamation March 25 using the Antiquities Act to preserve about 1,000 acres already managed by the Bureau of Land Management. National monument status prevents the small islands, historic sites and north Puget Sound habitat from being sold or developed.

Salazar said the San Juan Islands will be an economic engine for the region through tourism and outdoor recreation.