FAIRGROUNDS & EVENTS CENTER
KITSAP COUNTY FAIR
FOREST STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM
Stewardship Forester will provide
professional forestry expertise to
manage and develop the forest
stewardship plans for the long term
benefit and conservation of
County-owned forest resource lands.
Kitsap County Forester Arno
Research conducted by USDA, on the ecological foundations of biodiversity, support the promotion of habitat complexity in second, third and fourth growth forests. Studies conclude that conifers with rapid growth in the first 50-80 years of life have a better chance of living to become old-growth (200+ year old) trees.
Forests owned by Kitsap County are currently not managed for health, safety, and habitat and ecosystem complexity/diversity. The proposed Forest Stewardship Plan is to manage County forests to create heterogeneity in ecosystem structure, composition and function that recreates the natural variability in forest conditions and processes that existed prior to settlement in the 1860’s.
Emphasis will be on a wider variety of forest attributes, or ecotypes, rather than tree-focused stand prescriptions historically used in forest silviculture. Ecotypes will represent larger functional groups of ecologically similar species; thereby reducing the number forest attributes that need attention. Wood production is not the emphasis, rather healthy diverse forests that provide high quality habitat, clean water and other ecosystem benefits is the intent.
County forests will be managed as complex adaptive systems. A wider variety of stand structures and compositional possibilities will be featured at multiple spatial scales. Sampling, planning and prescriptions will focus on both heterogeneity and overall stand averages.
Silvicultural treatments will re-create the variability of natural disturbance, both within and among stands, to allow the forest adapt to changing conditions. Multi-aged forests and variability in canopy conditions will promote canopy structure, tree growth and provide diverse wildlife habitat.
Ecosystem management techniques
will be applied including variable density thinning,
variable retention harvesting to achieve complexity
in County forests. Revenue generated annually from
light thinning harvests is projected to cover the
direct and indirect costs of plan implementation and
PERSONAL HARVESTING OF MUSHROOMS
IN KITSAP COUNTY PARKS
The forest areas within Kitsap County Parks
host environments for mushrooms which are
shared between humans and wildlife.
Mushrooms are consumed by deer, bear, small
mammals, and mollusks. Some rodents rely on
mushrooms for a significant part of their
food supply and are, in turn, primary prey
for larger species such as owls, hawks and
eagles. Preserving the diversity of
mushrooms in our local forest ecosystems is
essential to Kitsap County natural parks.
To maintain a balance between humans and
wildlife, the Parks Department will follow
guidelines established by the US Forest
Service for incidental removal of mushrooms
for personal use. No permit is required for
incidental removal of mushrooms to gather an
amount for a meal. Daily limit for personal
use is one gallon. Harvested chanterelle
mushrooms must have a cap diameter of one
inch or more. Gatherers are reminded to stay
on trails and inner roadways as many are
surrounded by sensitive ecosystems.
There are just as many poisonous mushrooms
as there are delicious species of mushrooms.
Use caution when picking mushrooms. Use
guidebooks and pamphlets for identification.
Proper harvesting techniques provide the
best possible recovery of mushrooms sites
year after year. Mushrooms stems are to be
cut at or above ground level, keeping the
growing site as undisturbed as possible. Use
only a knife or scissors to harvest
Kitsap County does not permit commercial
harvesting of any products in County Parks.
October 29, 2014
PARKS DEPT OFFICE
Monday - Thursday
8:30am - 5:00pm
Friday - 9am - 2pm
1195 NW Fairgrounds Road, Bremerton
614 Division St, MS-1 Port Orchard, WA 98366
360.337.5350 ext 6
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