Donate now and have your gift doubled to save 2,800 acres of forested watershed, trails & wildlife habitat in Port Gamble!
The NKTA Board has voted to match $10,000 in donations, and others involved with NKTA are contributing $15,000 for a total match of $35,000. Make your contribution now through September 15th to have it doubled by going to: SavePG.org
It has been almost a decade since Pope Resources announced that they would be divesting approximately 7,000 acres on land in North Kitsap. This land is platted for 20 acre lots which could be sold by the company. The NKTA has been a leader, among a host of leaders working through the Kitsap Forest and Bay Project (KFBP) to conserve this land as open space with trails.
And, through diligent hard work, nearly 1,000 acres have been conserved already by expanding the North Kitsap Heritage Park, acquiring key land in the Grovers Creek area, and creating a 535 acre Port Gamble Heritage Park with more than a mile of shoreline along Gamble Bay.
But, the largest parcel with approximately 60 miles of trails enjoyed by wildlife and so many different kinds of users is yet to be saved. Forterra, working in concert with Kitsap County, the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe and the Suquamish Tribe, holds an option with Pope Resources which expires June, 2017 to purchase this land, referred to as the Port Gamble Block.
The Port Gamble Forest and Bay Campaign has been developed by Forterra working with a Steering Committee, including representatives of NKTA, Kitsap Audubon Society, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance (West Sound), and the Great Peninsula Conservancy to raise the last three and a half million dollars. That $3.5 million dollars will leverage approximately $7 million of state and federal funds to complete the purchase!
This landscape scale conservation of forested watershed which has been managed for timber production will be restored over time to a more diverse forest, and NKTA has been a leader with leaders of others stakeholder groups in developing a stewardship plan to make it so--while also providing approximately 6 miles of Sound to Olympics Trail and a 200 acre destination mountain bike ride park.
Learn more, and donate now, at: SavePG.org