Friends of the San Juans (FRIENDS) was founded in 1979 to support San Juan County's efforts to manage growth and protect natural environments. Since then, FRIENDS' activities have expanded to include: marine research and habitat restoration; shoreline stewardship and conservation; land use and environmental compliance; and, endangered species protection.
Intact coastal forests, bluffs, beaches and wetlands provide a critical first line of defense against flooding and erosion rates exaggerated by sea level rise. Recent storm events on the Eastern and Gulf Coasts have demonstrated that maintaining natural, living shoreline systems, often referred to as green infrastructure, is one of the best protections against increased rates of flooding and erosion associated with rising seas. Local residents are also taking steps to improve the resilience and adaptability of our community.
The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) was created to support the efforts of multiple stakeholders charged with identifying vulnerabilities to climate change and developing adaptation strategies. WICCI released an impacts and adaptation strategies assessment in 2011 as a first step toward developing a statewide climate change adaptation strategy.
Mote Marine Laboratory has been a leader in marine research since it was founded in 1955. Today, we incorporate public outreach as a key part of our mission. Mote is an independent nonprofit organization and has seven centers for marine research, the public Mote Aquarium and an Education Division specializing in public programs for all ages.