Sustaining our region's quality of life, environmental health and economic vitality
a linked system of
protected marine & upland habitats,
and sustainably managed forests.
Saving Special Places
Kitsap Forest & Bay Project
is targeting 6,690 acres in five
large tracts for conservation.
This biologically rich landscape includes shorelines, tidelands, wetlands, and upland forests in the Port Gamble Bay watershed and beyond. The five tracts include:
Port Gamble Upland Block -
Port Gamble Shoreline Block -
564 acres, including 1.8 miles of shoreline
Hansville Block - 1784 acres
Divide Block - 664 acres
Park Expansion Block - 366 acres
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Sound to Olympics Trail
The Sound to Olympics Trail is a planned paved shared-use path that will link the Kitsap Forest & Bay Project to north Kitsap communities and, via ferries and bridges, to the Burke-Gilman and the Olympic Discovery Trails.
Port Gamble Trail Map
Kitsap Forest & Bay Coalition invites community and business organizations from Kitsap County and greater Puget Sound to become involved.
The Coalition meets monthly to share project updates and develop strategies for advancing the Kitsap Forest & Bay Project. Contact our Coalition Chair.
Support Kitsap Forest & Bay Project's outreach efforts and wear one of our t-shirts or sweatshirts proudly when you're on the trails or in town: http://bit.ly/XYvYgR
Kitsap Forest & Bay Coaltion Resolution
on Timber Harvest:
In order to further the goal of preserving the 7,000 acres of the Kitsap Forest & Bay Project for the public forever, we encourage the KFBP Principals to explore the idea of allowing Pope Resources (or its successor) an additional timber harvest rotation to decrease land acquisition costs, while replanting a mix of native species and transitioning to a sustainably managed forest.
Kitsap Forest & Bay Coalition, January 23, 2013 (Resolution passed unanimously)
Kitsap Forest & Bay Project
Kitsap Forest & Bay Project is a community-wide effort to conserve nearly 7,000 acres of forest and 1.8 miles of shoreline on the Kitsap Peninsula of Washington's Puget Sound. With Port Gamble Bay at its heart, the land has been used to grow trees and produce lumber since 1853.
The landowner, Pope Resources – a timber company, wants to move out of this urbanizing region at the tip of Hood Canal. Recognizing the value of their lands for public recreation, wildlife habitat and cultural sustenance, the company has given the community an incredible opportunity to determine the land's future.
But, time is running out...the community's option to purchase the land expires in March 2013, with a possible extension to March 2014. At that time, Pope Resources will pursue other options for disposing of its land.
See the whole project at a glance: Kitsap Forest & Bay Project Fact Sheet.
Kitsap Forest & Bay Coalition
Kitsap Forest & Bay Coalition is a collaboration of community and business organizations that has mobilized to advance the Kitsap Forest & Bay Project. Working as a group and independently, Coalition Partners support efforts of the Project Principals (Kitsap County, Pope Resources, Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, and Suquamish Tribe) and fundraising leader (Forterra) to conserve the land.
The Coalition's task is to: rally community support, help advance public and private funding efforts, integrate community voices into the conservation strategy, and participate in long-term land stewardship.
A Treasure for all Generations
Conservation of Kitsap Forest & Bay Project lands will help sustain our region's quality of life, envirnomental health, and economic vitality in myriad ways.