The natural features that make up Kitsap County, including its forests, shoreline, and freshwater systems, are part of the County’s stock of natural assets. Human well-being and health are dependent upon the water treatment, clean air, rainwater management, and overall function of these assets as they yield essential services and economic benefits.
These assets require planning, coordination, monitoring, and supportive fiscal policies and strategies, just as other essential assets such as roadways, buildings, and capital facilities. Governments, such as Kitsap County, have a critical role in ensuring that natural assets are delivering core municipal services by enhancing, maintaining, and restoring natural assets through direct or indirect management of natural assets.
Natural asset management is an emerging strategy that expands the standard framework for managing infrastructure to include natural assets. This program will help facilitate strategic planning of Kitsap County’s resources by establishing a system to measure and track the condition of assets, compare the condition of assets against the desired condition, and identify strategies to reduce gaps and risks to services.
1. Design and develop a Natural Resource Asset Management system to assist local governments with fiscal, permitting, and management decisions related to natural resources, and to improve citizen awareness of
2. Implement the Natural Resource Asset Management system and continue working to determine the path forward for refining the asset management framework and integrating the approach and tools with existing county processes.
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Department of Community Development
Planning and Environmental Programs
(360) 337-5777 (Kitsap 1)
619 Division StreetPort Orchard, Washington
Story Map: Kitsap Natural Resources Asset Management Program
Story Map: European Green Crab in the Puget Sound
West Sound Partners for Ecosystem Recovery
Hood Canal Coordinating Council
Kitsap Regional Shoreline Restoration Project