Bears Among Us - Sightings in June 2010
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
The park is maintained by a dedicated group of volunteer stewards.
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. The public is welcomed to provide written comments to the draft here.
The 2012 Banner Forest Management Plan will be presented for review and discussion at an Open House on October 15, from 6pm-8pm at the County Administration Building Commissioner Chambers in Port Orchard. The Banner Forest Management Plan will then be presented to the Board of County Commissioners for review and adoption during their regular business meeting later this year.
Summary of the Conservation
Easement on 139 acres within
Granted in December 2000. For map and other details see
Appendices A &B of the .
For a copy of the complete easement document please contact the easement
holder, Great Peninsula Conservancy (GPC), at
. For a copy of the complete easement document please contact the easement holder, Great Peninsula Conservancy (GPC), at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-373-3500.
of its value as wildlife habitat and its perceived importance to the public
as an educational, scenic and open space area,
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
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
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.
October 18, 2012