- Grovers Creek -
A place that will awe you! The next piece in the Kitsap Forest and Bay puzzle, will be Great Peninsula Conservancy's acquisition of the 270-acre Grovers Creek Preserve. This special place has been hidden from view, protected by a matrix of wetlands. It has trees so big and flowers so small, it simply takes your breath away. And it's in the middle of the entire Kitsap Forest and Bay Project. Saving Grovers Creek Preserve will connect wildlife habitat, forestlands and trails. The Sound to Olympics trail will skirt the wetland and is planned to connect North Kitsap Heritage Park, Kingston and Indianola to the Port Gamble trails. Public grants and private donations totaling $1.775 million have been raised, but $325,000 more will be needed by May 2015.
"Grovers Creek Preserve is a magical place of big trees, bears and beavers that reminds us of the Kitsap Peninsula of long ago," commented Sandra Staples-Bortner, Executive Director of Great Peninsula Conservancy. "We are delighted to be working with the many project partners to save this land for all time."
Grovers Creek Preserve is literally across Miller Bay road from the recently expanded 800-acre North Kitsap Heritage Park. This is hoped to be the third acquisition in the Kitsap Forest and Bay Project, a community-driven initiative to protect thousands of acres of forests, wetlands and shoreline for public access and wildlife habitat, and to secure miles of trails connecting to a cross-state trail system.
"It's a case where the whole will be greater than the sum of the parts," said Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder. "Our investments will enhance our economy, ensure our quality of life and protect the habitat we all value."