San Juan Islands President Obama Set To Create National Monument In Washington's San Juan Islands By Ashley Ahearn • Mar 22, 2013 President Obama is set to announce the creation of several new national monuments on Monday. One of them will be in Washington’s San Juan Islands. Ashley Ahearn reports. One Thousand Acres Up For Conservation In The San Juan Islands By Ashley Ahearn • Mar 29, 2012 Photo by Ashley Ahearn / Northwest News Network OLYMPIA -- Washington Senator Maria Cantwell has introduced a bill to get one thousand acres of the San Juan Islands declared a National Conservation Area. Ashley Ahearn reports. Senate Holds Hearing On Protecting San Juans' Public Lands By Bellamy Pailthorp • Mar 23, 2012 Photo by KenBungay / Flickr WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A bill to establish a National Conservation Area that would give permanent protection 1,000 acres of unique landscapes in the San Juan Islands is wending its way through Congress. A key committee took up the legislation Thursday.