President Obama plans to designate a national monument in the San Juan Islands, handing a long-sought victory to island residents and members of Washingtons congressional delegation.
Obama will sign a proclamation Monday creating the monument, a White House official said Thursday. The action will provide permanent protections for nearly 1,000 acres of undeveloped federal lands on the islands, including Lopez Islands Iceberg Point and Chadwick Hill and the Cattle Point Lighthouse on San Juan Island.
The news was hailed by members of Washingtons congressional delegation who had worked for years to preserve the lands.
Were very pleased because its such an incredible unique spot in the United States it will be permanently protected for generations to come, Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell said in an interview Thursday.