Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park

Port Gamble WA 98364

Size: 3,493 Acres

Region: North District

Features: Walking trails, equestrian trails, biking trails, access to water for water trails and kayaking, parking lot. This park is a pack it in and pack it out type park



Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park Master Planning Challenges & Opportunities -  June 22

You are invited to join the Kitsap County Parks Department for the second virtual community meeting to discuss the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park Master Plan Project. This meeting will be focused on gaining feedback about the challenges and opportunities that have been identified through previous community engagement and the Master Planning Process. Click here to register for this event.

Click here to learn more about the project.


Ecological Restoration Panel Discussion June 3

As part of the master planning process for the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park, the Kitsap County Parks Department has organized an ecological restoration panel discussion that takes place virtually from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 3. The event features local experts in forestry and restoration ecology including representatives from both Kitsap and Pierce County parks, the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, Western Washington University, the Northwest Natural Resources Group, the Great Peninsula Conservancy and Forterra, a land conservancy organization. They will look at how restoration of the parkland will be balanced with other goals for the nearly 3,500 acres. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. There will be time to ask questions. Read full details here.

Visit the project site at http://portgambleforestpark.com/ and click on the ‘How to Stay Involved’ tab to register for the event and receive further updates. 


Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park Master Planning introductory public meeting March 16

Help create a shared vision for the future of Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park! Kitsap County Parks invites the public to a virtual community meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 16 to learn more about the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park Master Plan Project and work together to determine a shared vision for the future of the park. This is the first in a series of interactive meetings to explore potential recreational opportunities and provide feedback. Register to attend at http://portgambleforestpark.com or contact Kitsap County Parks at parks@co.kitsap.wa.us or 360-337-5350. Read the related press release here.

Click here for a recording of the March 16 meeting.

Click here to to learn more about the project. 


Timber Harvest Update: Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park

Kitsap County Parks received formal notice that active timber harvest operations will begin immediately at Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park. Depending on weather conditions and operational constraints, the timber harvest project should conclude by June 2021.

Read the related Feb. 26, 2021 press release here for trail closures and other important information.

Kitsap County Parks is aware of the impact that the timber harvest activity will have on recreational activities and will provide updates as they become available. Signage will be posted before the start of any timber harvest activity at impacted roads and trails. Please keep yourself safe and respect the timber harvest operations.

Click here for a location map of the planned timber harvest.



Informational Fliers
 
Plans

Resource Management & Recreation Development – Landscape Classification System
Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park Resource Stewardship & Public Access Plan
Forest Stewardship Plan for Ecological Restoration of Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park
Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park Management Plan Summary
Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park Land Use Map
Conceptual Site Plan for Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park Trails


PORT GAMBLE FOREST HERITAGE PARK - KPUD WATERMAIN PROJECT

Port Gamble Foreste Heritage Park October 31, 2019 - In November, Kitsap PUD will begin construction of Phase 8 of Kitsap’s Regional Drinking Water Infrastructure. This infrastructure helps provide sustainable water supply to central and north Kitsap County while also providing improved ability to manage Kitsap’s water resources for the benefit of people and fish. Trail users will experience a slight inconvenience during the construction period which is expected to run from November 2019 to March 2020. Please avoid affected trails during construction. There will be no ongoing impact to trail users once construction is complete. Click here to see construction notice flyer.

 

December 22, 2017 – On Friday afternoon, a transaction was completed to secure more than 1,500 acres of the Port Gamble Forest from Pope Resources to add to the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park.

This final phase of the project was fueled by donations from over 1,200 community members, as well as many local partners, foundations and champions, who came together to raise $3.5 million.  Inspired by the community effort, matching grants were provided by Kitsap County ($200,000) and Washington State ($500,000) for a total of $4.0 million in this final phase of the project.

The Port Gamble Forest property includes 65 miles of trails where already more than 20,000 hikers, birders, mountain bikers, equestrians, cyclists and runners recreate each year. At the north end of the property is a future recreational area for mountain biking. The property will be added to the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park, which now totals 3,493 acres. Click Here for the full article.

  
February 2014 - The 453-acre “Shoreline Block” was acquired in February 2014 - A State Department of Ecology (DOE) grant was awarded, allowing for development of a Stewardship Plan and associated activities including studies, property clean-up and planting restoration.      
DOE-funded activities have included a Saturday clean-up work party, re-planted 1.5-acres of marine riparian habitat east of SR 104, and provided for removal of invasive, erosion control and re-vegetation of Trailhead # 2 (Laudine DeCoteau Creek).

December 2014 - Park Planning started in December 2014. A Steering Committee has been selected.