About Us

Supporting Organizations

  • San Juan Island Parks & Recreation (Island Rec)

  • National Park Service

  • San Juan Island Historical Society

  • San Juan County Land Bank

  • San Juan Preservation Trust

  • On Sacred Ground

  • Friends of Lime Kiln Society



  • Maddie Ovenell

  • Alice Hurd



  • Daryl Bacon

  • Seth Cox

  • Tom Donnelly

  • Shaun Hubbard

  • Sam Johnston

  • Sandy Johnston

  • Eric Stone

  • Steve Ulvi

Supporting Businesses

  • Roche Harbor Resort

  • Meat Machine Bicycles

  • Saltchuk Resources

  • San Juan Island Distillery

  • San Juan Island Fitness and Aquatics


(Don’t see your name here? Let us know if  you would like to be added to this public list of supporters!)

Martha Ahart
Warren Appleton
Heather Belt
Scott Brennan
Osha Breez
Judy Chovan
Diane Clowers
Erin Corra
Tim Cowell
Kathy Cowell
Shannon Dean
David Dehlendorf
Susan Dehlendorf
Eileen Drath
Louise Dustrude
Rick Exstrom
John Finger
Steve Frazier
Chris Fuhrmeister
Kirk Fuhrmeister
Connor Ginley
Alan Grodin

Ann Grodin

Sarah Hanson

David Harsh
Milene Henley
Carol Jackson

Robin Jacobson
Sam Johnston
Sandy Johnston
Kari Koski
Jeff Hodge
Paul Hopkins
Kevin Holmes
Jennifer Kaden
Peter Lane
Don Leff
Susan Leff
Merle Lefkoff
Sam Leigh
Kerty Levy
Paul Lingane
Philo Lund
Charles McCarty

Jana Meredith

Gretchen Mueller

Tom Mueller

Ken Nilsson

Lesley Nilsson
Mark Noyes
Kevin O’Connor
Cheryl A. Peach
Claire Powers
Hawk Pingree
Suzy Pingree
Kristen Rezabek
Mark Rice
Bill Severson
Theresa Simendinger

Amy Sommers

Chandra Stone
Eric Stone
Javin Towers
Ed Tucker

Leslie Veirs
Val Veirs
Samuel Vittardi
Jacob Wagner
Tanja Williamson
Anne Woodward

Committee Members

Dave Zeretzke
Dave joined the Trails Committee on San Juan Island in 2000 when he was working for the Board of County Commissioners as a department director of Administrative Services which included Human Resources, Information Technology, Risk Management, oversight of the Board of Equalization, select capital construction projects and assorted special projects. As a lifelong hiker, bicyclist, backpacker, camper and gardener, he made sure that every holiday included lots of outdoor time. He and his wife have enjoyed bicycle vacations in many states and in Holland. His first trail involvement was in 1972 in Ogden, Utah after moving west. The Old Military Road Trail project is a dream he has shared with others since moving to San Juan Island in 1980.

Mike Vouri
Mike is the author of five books about national, state and regional history, including The Pig War: Stand-off at Griffin Bay. Prior to his 21-year stint as chief of interpretation/historian at San Juan Island National Historical Park (from which he retired in 2015), Vouri was a public affairs officer/history curator for the Whatcom Museum of History and Art, a reporter for the Bellingham Herald and an assistant director for the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs. He currently is a group leader and lecturer for the Skagit Valley College Road Scholar program.

Boyd C. Pratt
Boyd is the Adult Programs Associate with the San Juan Island Library and in that capacity coordinates the monthly Know Your Islanders Talks cosponsored by the Trails Committee. After moving to San Juan Island in 1991, in addition to farming, he has done historic preservation consulting work on as many as he can of the 172 islands (at high tide) of the San Juan Archipelago. His interest in the Old Military Road stems from his research into the Hudson’s Bay Company’s Belle Vue Sheep Farm, which established the “Cowichan Road” that was subsequently used to connect American and English Camps (the Military Trail).

Todd Kaden
Todd moved to the San Juan Islands in 2003 with his spouse and two sons after visiting regularly for over a decade. He spent six years on Orcas Island before migrating west to San Juan. He studied chemistry and pharmacy at Gonzaga University and the University of Washington respectively before practicing as a pharmacist for over thirty years. In the recent past Todd has served on several homeowners’ boards and was a mountain host at Mt. Baker Ski Area for nearly a decade. He currently volunteers as a preserve monitor for the San Juan Preservation Trust and regularly participates in trail construction and maintenance projects. He enjoys hiking, backpacking, cycling, skiing and kayaking. He is a strong advocate for trails with a particular focus on connecting existing island trail networks.

Jeffery Gillette
Jeff and Pam Gillette are new residents of the island, and have only been here a year. Pam is an artist, where she transforms her love of nature to images of beauty. One of her more recent accomplishments is that she illustrated a children’s book that focuses on family relationships as seen through a natural perspective. Jeff is a retired Omni-channel turn-around executive, with extensive international product development experience. Their love of this project is centered around their son’s service as a decorated United States Army Officer, their love the history and natural beauty of this island, and they want to honor those who have blazed the trail before them.

Tim Dustrude
Tim is an avid walker and bicyclist and the recent Chair of the SJI Trails Committee. He originally approached the Trails Committee in 2015 with a Power Point presentation that demonstrated ever decreasing walkability in our town and community. After receiving great support and encouragement from several members, he joined the Trails Committee, refined the power point presentation and began showing various community groups what’s happening as far as walk-ability and bike-ability and suggesting what we need to do about it. He ended up with 16 private, business and government organizations endorsing his vision statement. This eventually led to the creation of a Trails sub-committee devoted to getting our town and county to pass a Complete Streets ordinance which both have now done. He is also the owner and editor of a local online news website (www.sanjuanupdate.com) and has graphic design and website design skills. He is now hoping to get a “backbone trail” built down the middle of our island that will facilitate non-motorized transportation and recreation.

Robin Donnelly
Robin enjoyed the beauty of San Juan Island as a boating youngster in the 50s and 60s and has continued her enthusiasm for the past thirty years. It was very important to her to share with her children and grandchildren some of the joys of both land and sea found here. Her background–besides the honor of being wife, mother of three, grandmother of six–is a BA in History, Social Worker, a Volunteer of the Year in Sacramento county, California, art and nature docent, peace advocate, Vice President and President of the American River Natural History Association, author of Biking and Hiking the American River Parkway, a Cultural and Natural History (now in its 4th edition), a team member and one of the originators of the Nationally recognized Roche Harbor Trail System, connecting Roche Harbor with Roche Harbor highlands and English Camp. It remains her dream to help connect people to nature and nature to people and to foster communication between potentially conflicting parties, such as the Military Road facilitated during the bloodless Pig War where commonalities were celebrated rather than differences.

Jim McNairy
Jim is a retired high school social studies teacher who has called San Juan Island home for almost 30 years.  He began his teaching career in the early 1980’s in the small town of Darby in the Bitterroot Valley of Western Montana.  He and his wife Dotty moved their young family to San Juan Island in 1992, where Jim taught a variety of history, government, and current events courses at Friday Harbor High School for 21 years.  He capped his teaching career with a 4-year stint at an international school in Incheon, South Korea, before retiring in 2017.

Jim is a strong believer in the need for schools to offer a variety of co-curricular offerings to students outside of the classroom setting.  While in Montana he got his students involved in Model United Nations and YMCA Youth and Government programs. In Friday Harbor he started a hiking and backpacking club that culminated each year with a week-long long extended backcountry trip into the Grand Canyon during spring break.  He also started a Mock Trial program for his senior-level government classes at FHHS. For 3 weeks each May local attorneys volunteered to mentor student teams of litigants who learned about the inner workings of the legal system, and the project culminated with the presentation of a 3-hour trial in the County Courthouse presided over by a local judge and student jury.

Jim also coached tennis and basketball during much of his teaching career.  He currently is a volunteer coach with the FHHS boy’s basketball team, and is a substitute teacher here on the island.  He’s an avid hiker and e-bike rider.

April Busch

Born in Anchorage, Alaska, April Busch thought she hated being outside: the cold and wet taking her away from all of those good books. Even so, how can a life camping and fishing in the trees and snow with bears, moose, and wolves around not be formative? As she grew older, and discovered warm and dry technical gear, she realized her upbringing outside was the foundation for the most important relationship in her life: with this beautiful and wondrous planet. 


She never lost her love of literature and writing and has been teaching high school English for the last 15 years: 6 in Ferndale, 1 in northern China, and the last 8 on San Juan Island. This life has been full of travel and backpacking around the world as well as many local adventures in the beloved Cascades.


She loves to read stories set in a location before going there, going to museums, and seeking out great hikes and runs as soon as possible. And most of all, she is elated to come home, to the North Cascades and the San Juan Islands. A child of the Pacific Northwest, April is thrilled to help those who come next get out in it and find their own place in this magnificent world.

Mark Noyes 

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Mark Noyes first encountered the San Juan Islands when his father would bring him and his brothers up on camping/fishing trips. As an adult he brought his kids up to the islands for adventures in hiking and kayaking. He lived in Friday Harbor for a couple of years in the early 2000s, when he joined the San Juan Island Trails Committee and advocated for a “walkable island.”


Mark and his wife bought a 110-year old house in Friday Harbor in 2017, and made their move up in early 2019, where he rejoined the trails committee and took an interest in the Old Military Road Trail project. An avid bicyclist, hiker and kayaker, Mark loves the outdoors and the weather on San Juan Island is just how he likes it.


A licensed general contractor, for a dozen years Mark was the maintenance supervisor for a historic children's park, Fairytale Town, in Sacramento, CA, where he built, remodeled, or restored children's play structures, paths, bridges and fences. He also designed and installed native and drought-tolerant landscapes and thoroughly enjoyed working with the existing landscape/terrain to incorporate natural trails and “desire paths.”


Mark now works as an estimator and drafts person with Green Man Landscape, Inc. in Friday Harbor. Whether it be urban trails such as the American River Parkway in Sacramento, CA, interstate trails like the Pacific Crest Trail, or our very own network of island trails, Mark feels that trails are a valuable resource leading to personal enrichment.

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