Thank you for your support of the North Kitsap Trails Association during last year's Great Give. We appreciate your involvement and are hoping we can count on you to help us again this year by making a contribution and encouraging your friends, neighbors and co-workers to do the same.
We have set our goal high this year and are confident that together we will be able to purchase 10 acres to add to the Port Gamble Heritage Park. All contributions to NKTA through the Kitsap Great Give this year goes directly toward the purchase of this land for public preservation and use! Your contribution is tax deductible and will receive matching funds from Great Give sponsors. They will be leveraged further by a Bainbridge couple's challenge to match all donations up to a $100,000 towards the purchase of the Port Gamble property!
Visit the NKTA Kitsap Great Give page between April 18 and May 2 to make your online contribution and take advantage of this great opportunity.
This winter the Kitsap Forest and Bay Campaign moved one step closer to protecting open space in Kitsap County forever. Almost half the acreage in the Port Gamble forest - 1,335 acres to be exact - were purchased this winter and designated permanent, protected parkland! A big thank you to all who helped make this happen!
However, our job is not done yet; acreage along the western ridge line remains subject to development. The Kitsap Forest and Bay Coalition has raised most of the $3.5 million needed to save it but has to raise the rest by the end of June - this year. A generous Bainbridge Island couple will match up to a $100,000 for all donations through June 15th! Please help preserve this amazing resource - make donations online at SavePG.org or by donating through NKTA on May 2nd at the Kitsap Great Give (see details below).
Actually, there are two answers to that question! First, the logging in the original 540 acre Heritage Park is called "restorative thinning" and it is meant to help turn the park from a tree farm to a natural forest. It is kind of like weeding your garden - pull out what you don't want to encourage what you do want! So, the County is thinning the trees to create a more natural forest by providing room and light for native plants, trees and wildlife. See the NKTA website for a more detailed explanation and pictures showing the difference between a natural forest and a tree farm.