How We Work

Since 1977, Evergreen Islands has been protecting the saltwater islands of Skagit County by providing oversight, advocacy and education.

We are watchdogs – ensuring that local, state and federal laws, regulations and policies are effectively implemented and responsibly enforced to protect the environment.

We collaborate with other nonprofits and agencies to fulfill our mission.

We educate the community on issues and send alerts when comments, including public involvement and testimony, are needed.

We share information, raise awareness, and find solutions.

In 1969, a group of Fidalgo Island residents organized to successfully oppose construction of a nuclear power plant on Kiket Island. Once owned by Seattle City Light, Kiket Island is now co‑owned by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.

In 1977, the group officially incorporated as “Evergreen Islands.” In 1993, Evergreen Islands became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Evergreen Islands has a long history of achievements (see HISTORY).

Evergreen Islands’ focus since then has been monitoring and supporting the responsible enforcement of local, state, and national laws that protect the environment, specifically the environmental protections contained in municipal comprehensive plans and policies, municipal and county shoreline programs, the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA), the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), the Washington State Shoreline Management Act (SMA), Federal Water Pollution Control Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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