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614 Division St MS-1, Port Orchard, WA  98366
Phone: (360) 337-5350 / Fax: (360) 337-5385
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BANNER FOREST HERITAGE PARK
Banner Road SE and SE Overra Road, Port Orchard, WA
 
 
Size: 635 Acres

Region: South District

Description: Walking trails, equestrian trails. This is a Pack it in - pack it out park.

Park 2002 Master Plan

Banner Forest Map

Directions: Take Sedgwick Road to Banner Road and go south on Banner Road to the intersection of Banner and Overra Road. The property will be to your right just past the intersection. Driving Directions.

Park Rules
Bears Among Us
Please use caution when entering the park. There have been multiple reports of a Momma Bear and two cubs within Banner Forest. For more information please see www.BeBearAware.org.
Stewardship Group  
The park is maintained by a dedicated group of volunteer stewards.  
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Forest Watch Group  
The Banner Forest Watch Group has been meeting monthly since October 2010 to review and update the previous 2002 Banner Forest Management Plan. The draft of the 2012 Management Plan is located here.
Summary of the Conservation Easement on 139 acres within Banner Forest 
Granted in December 2000. For map and other details see Appendices A &B of the Banner Forest Master Plan. For a copy of the complete easement document please contact the easement holder, Great Peninsula Conservancy (GPC), at info@greatpeninsula.org or 360-373-3500. 

Purpose

Because of its value as wildlife habitat and its perceived importance to the public as an educational, scenic and open space area, Kitsap County declared its intention to preserve the site forever in its present use. To that end, the County conveyed to Great Peninsula Conservancy the right to preserve and protect these 139 acres. - Great Peninsula Conservancy Great Peninsula Conservancy is a publicly supported, tax exempt nonprofit organization whose primary purpose is the conservation, preservation and enhancement of the waters, wetlands, aquatic and wildlife habitat, timberlands, scenic areas, open spaces, recreational lands and agricultural lands in Kitsap County and parts of Mason and Pierce Counties.

Responsibilities of Great Peninsula Conservancy
 
By the terms of the conservation easement, Great Peninsula Conservancy is charged with retaining the 139 acres forever in its natural and open space condition and with preventing uses which would impair or interfere with the conservation values of the site. Because of the seasonal fragility of the easement site, the Conservancy has determined uses there may be more restricted than in other parts of Banner Forest. It remains the Conservancy's intent, however, to permit uses which don't compromise the site's conservation values.

Section 2.3 of the Conservation Easement for Banner Forest Wetlands details uses prohibited on the site. They include but are not limited to: subdivision and development, commercial or industrial use, commercial logging, construction of sports fields, operation of recreational motor vehicles, walking dogs off leash and riding bicycles and horses except on trails designated by Great Peninsula Conservancy.
2011 Banner Forest Watch Group Trails Committee Reports
February 12, 2011 February 27, 2011 March 20, 2011 April 27, 2011
Wetland Analysis Report, Nov. 2010  
The wetlands delineated and categorized for this report are located on the 139 acre portion of Banner Forest Heritage Park managed by the Great Peninsula Conservancy (GPC) and the area on the Kitsap County-managed part between the Lizard King and Worm Hole Trails. The delineation identified the boundaries of each wetland and determine what impacts have occurred as a result of trail usage in and near the wetland areas. To view the report, click here
 
Last Updated:  July 28, 2014

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Phone: 360.337.5350
Fax: 360.337.5385
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Office Location:
1195 NW Fairgrounds Road, Bremerton

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614 Division St, MS-1 Port Orchard, WA 98366

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