Larsen to visit Lopez Island Aug. 25 and San Juan Island Aug. 26

Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, will be in the San Juans August 25 and 26, 2015. He will get an update on the San Juan National Monument during a visit to Lopez Island on Tuesday, August 25. Wednesday, August 26 Larsen will be on San Juan Island to focus on transportation, veterans and environmental issues.

On Lopez Island, Larsen will meet with Marcia deChadenedes, the Monument Manager, and members of the Monument Advisory Committee.

He introduced legislation and pushed the administration to make sensitive federal lands in the San Juan Islands into a National Conservation Area to preserve public access and protect these pristine areas. President Obama designated the San Juan Islands National Monument in March 2013.

On San Juan Island, Larsen will tour the Cattle Point Road realignment. He helped secure federal funds for the project. Larsen then will hold a roundtable with elected officials and other stakeholders from San Juan County to discuss transportation projects and federal transportation investment.

Later in the morning, Larsen will hold a roundtable with veterans to talk about issues that matter to them and how his office can help veterans get access to services. The roundtable takes place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post 163 at 101 First Street in Friday Harbor.

In the afternoon, Larsen will tour Westcott Bay Shellfish Company. Then he will meet with Lee Taylor, superintendent for the San Juan Island National Historic Park. Larsen will tour 34 acres that were added to the park in 2013 with funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The Fund expires at the end of September, and Larsen is supporting a bill to permanently reauthorize it.

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