Kitsap County protects Port Gamble shoreline, 535 acres
On February 12, Kitsap County purchased 535 acres of forestland and 1.5
miles of shoreline on Port Gamble Bay for permanent conservation. It is the
first acquisition of the multi-year Kitsap Forest & Bay Project.
The Kitsap Forest & Bay Project is an effort by Kitsap County, the Port
Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, the Suquamish Tribe, Forterra, Great Peninsula
Conservancy, and many community partners to conserve 6,700 acres of forest
and shoreline owned by Pope Resources around Port Gamble Bay on the western
shore of Washington’s Puget Sound.
Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder noted the significance of the
transaction, “This acquisition has been years in the making and the
beginning of a series of great things to come in 2014. We are lining up
funding to protect additional lands from Kingston to Port Gamble as part of
this preservation effort.”
“Conservation of these lands will help sustain the cultural heritage and
health of our communities, the functioning of our environment and diversity
of our economy” said Michelle Connor, Forterra’s Executive Vice President.
“Moving the whole effort forward is a testament to the leadership of local
residents, Kitsap County, the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, the Suquamish
Tribe, and the State of Washington.”
“The public purchase of the shoreline block at Port Gamble Bay is an
accomplishment worth celebrating. The Suquamish Tribe is grateful that this
critical marine habitat will be protected for time immemorial and help in
efforts to protect the water quality of Port Gamble Bay,” said Suquamish
Tribal Chairman Leonard Forsman.
This property includes a portion of the western shoreline on Port Gamble
Bay, a culturally significant waterway that connects the Port Gamble
S’Klallam people to their ancestors and the village that once existed at the
town of Port Gamble.
“One of my Tribe’s ongoing priorities is to ensure that Port Gamble Bay
remains productive and healthy for future generations. The conservation of
this property furthers that goal by protecting water quality, preventing
development, and limiting storm water runoff and other associated impacts,”
said Jeromy Sullivan, Chairman of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe.
The area is heavily used by kayakers, bird watchers, mountain bikers,
equestrians and hikers seeking low-elevation, year-round access to trails.
Pope Resources has allowed public access for many years, generating an
enthusiastic group of volunteers who maintain a vast trail network.
“We are proud to be working with the community to protect these forests,
beaches and trails for future generations,” said Jon Rose, President of
Olympic Property Group, Pope Resources’ wholly owned real estate subsidiary.
“This purchase is a prize that has been earned through nearly a decade of
dedicated efforts by the local community.”
“The many community partners involved in the Kitsap Forest & Bay Coalition
have dedicated countless hours to help achieve this historic land purchase –
handing out trail maps, speaking to community groups and marching in
parades,” said Sandra Staples-Bortner, Executive Director of Great Peninsula
Conservancy and Coalition Chair. “And when it came down to the wire, the
Coalition raised over $10,000 in three days to fill the final funding gap.”
The area draws thousands of outdoor recreationists annually and is one of
the largest lowland forests in the Hood Canal watershed, offering important
habitat for salmon and other wildlife. Conservation of these lands will link
marine and freshwater habitats together for the protection of the entire
watershed ecosystem. Kitsap County will manage the forest land and shoreline
to protect its natural heritage while providing open space for public
“Restoring and sustaining the ecological systems that support Port Gamble
Bay is critical for Hood Canal, Puget Sound, and all of us who call
Washington home,” said Maia Bellon, Director of Washington State’s
Department of Ecology, a key funder of the acquisition.
Additional funding for the purchase came from the National Coastal Wetlands
Program, the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, the Washington
State Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account, the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe,
and private donors.
There will be a local celebration of the successful conservation of the
Shoreline Block held in Port Gamble. Details will be announced shortly.
Forterra fills a unique and important niche as the largest conservation and
community building organization dedicated solely to this region. As a
national leader, Forterra is shaping a future that will flourish
environmentally and economically. We partner with thousands of leaders and
residents across the region to create healthy, livable and prosperous
communities. For over 20 years, Forterra has led efforts to conserve 234,000
acres of forests, farms, shorelines, parks and natural areas and restore
critical landscapes. More at www.forterra.org.
About Pope Resources
Pope Resources, a publicly traded limited partnership, and its subsidiaries
Olympic Resource Management and Olympic Property Group, own or manage
204,000 acres of timberland and development property in Washington, Oregon,
and California. We also manage, co-invest in, and consolidate three
timberland investment funds, for which we earn management fees. These
timberland investment vehicles provide an efficient means of investing our
own capital in Pacific Northwest
timberland while earning fees from managing these vehicles for the
third-party investors. The company and its predecessor companies have owned
and managed timberlands and development properties for more than 150 years.
Additional information on the company can be found at www.poperesources.com.
The contents of our website are not incorporated into this release or into
our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
About Kitsap County
Kitsap County located between the Olympic Peninsula and the Greater-Seattle
area, has a long history of open space acquisition and stewardship. Kitsap
currently holds over 6,300 acres of park and open space land throughout the
County. These include multiple large-scale Heritage Parks as well as several
regional parks providing public access, trail systems and use of its
beautiful shorelines. Kitsap’s Forest Stewardship Program is working to
manage these and other public lands for long-term forests; transforming
Douglas Fir plantations into diverse tree stands with potential as healthy
old-growth in the future. For more information, please visit
About the Suquamish Tribe
The Suquamish Tribe is a federally-recognized sovereign nation. The village
of Suquamish and the seat of the Suquamish Tribal Government are located on
the Port Madison Indian Reservation along the shores of the Puget Sound near
Bainbridge Island in Kitsap County, WA. In addition to providing for the
health, education and welfare of Suquamish families, the Suquamish Tribal
Government maintains and operates a number of public services for community
members on the Port Madison Indian Reservation including a new museum,
parks, police and marine facilities.
About the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe
The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, originally known as the Nux Sklai Yem or
Strong People, are descendants of the Salish people who have been
well-established in the Puget Sound basin and surrounding areas since 2400
B.C. In the late 1930s, the Port Gamble S’Klallam reservation, located on
the northern tip of the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State, was
established. Many of the Tribe’s members, who total about twelve hundred,
still live there today.
About Great Peninsula Conservancy
Great Peninsula Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust working to protect
forever the natural habitats, rural landscapes, and open spaces of the Great
Peninsula – a region encompassing Kitsap, western Pierce, and north Mason
counties, Washington. Great Peninsula Conservancy has protected over 5,800
acres of this spectacular region of west Puget Sound, including magnificent
forests, untouched shorelines, salmon streams, and wildlife-rich estuaries.
The Conservancy’s work is funded by its members and public grants.
About Department of Ecology
At Ecology, we’re proud to help you protect Washington’s environment and
quality of life. Our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance
Washington’s environment, and to promote the wise management of our air,
land and water for the benefit of current and future generations.
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