Size: 636 Acres
Region: South District
Features: Walking trails and equestrian trails
The park is maintained by a dedicated group of volunteer stewards. Meetings are held the 1st Thursday of each month from 6:30pm - 8:00pm at the Long Lake Community Room - 5100 Long Lake Road SE, Port Orchard.
Summary of the Conservation Easement on 139 Acres within Banner ForestGranted 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-373-3500.
PurposeBecause 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 ConservancyBy 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.
Wetland Analysis Report, November 2010The 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 Wetland Analysis Report click here.
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.