We invite you to skip Black Friday shopping this year and join NKTA, REI and Forterra outside instead of hitting the stores. Visit one of Kitsap's many parks, or better yet, grab your friends and family for a guided Bird, Bike & Hikes in the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park led by Kitsap Audubon Society, Evergreen Mountain Biking Alliance and North Kitsap Trails Association and volunteers. Bring the WHOLE Family. There is something for everyone. Experience for yourself why we love this place - and why we are working hard to save it!
Much of NKTA's work involves promoting trails and obtaining grants to expand or improve them. It is a relief to get out and actually work on them. We are looking forward to several opportunities to do so this year, so get out your trails tools and be ready to go! REI grants will provide funding for the following projects in the Port Gamble Heritage Park this summer:
Whether you want to learn more about the Forest and Bay Campaign to transform more Pope Resources forest into a conservation and recreational asset, or just want to take a short hike in the Port Gamble Heritage Park, join NKTA’s Hiking/Biking/Birding tours in July, August and October. July hikes start at 10am from the Port Gamble Heritage Park trailhead south of Port Gamble.
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
NKTA has worked with the Kitsap Forest and Bay Project since its inception five years ago to purchase 3,600 acres of Olympic Property Group forest lands and miles of actively used trails south of Port Gamble. Two years ago that Project competed Phase I when Kitsap County purchased 540 acres along Gamble Bay and created the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park. The Kitsap Forest and Bay Community Campaign is the final phase of that original effort.
When my grandson was about 3 years old he climbed to the top of a very tall slide. Upon reaching the top he realized that he couldn't get down, where upon he calmly stated, "A little help up here, please." NKTA is now in that same position. We have climbed many ladders as cited in the president's report. Now we too calmly ask, "a little help, please." Many of our board members started 7-9 years ago; attrition and burnout are showing. We need an infusion of new ideas and enthusiasm. We currently have 4 vacant board positions, including needing a secretary and a treasurer. In addition we need help with communications (so newsletters can be prepared more regularly) and help organizing volunteers.
Much of NKTA's work involves promoting trails and obtaining grants to expand or improve them. It is a relief to get out and actually work on them. We are looking forward to several opportunities to do so this year, so get out your trails tools and be ready to go!
June 4th - National Trails Day:
National Trails Day is the perfect time to do maintenance on Millie's Trail. Three years ago Millie Dove Muller and her family provide public access for a non-motorized trail across their private property to connect Big Valley road to the adjacent land and trails owned by Pope Resources. We are happy to say that the trail has been well used; so much so that when I went to use the trail a month ago there was no room in the parking area. A Dove family told me recently that Millie use to excitedly go to a window and watch when she was told someone had come to use the trail. Come prepared, rain or shine, to improve drainage and improve the tread of this delightful path. Saturday, June 4th 10AM - 12PM, 24472 Big Valley Road (look for the NKTA Sign)
May 3: Great Give
The 2016 Kitsap Great Give is on Tuesday, May 3 from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. and NKTA is once again participating. This is a Great (what else) time to leverage your contribute to NKTA with the matching funds provided. To contribute go to https://kitsapgreatgive.org/npo/north-kitsap-trails-association. It's a great way to renew your membership every year.
May 7: Save the Oysters!
Great Peninsula Conservancy, Kitsap County Parks, REI and Kitsap Forest & Bay Project are teaming up to relocate oysters growing near the pilings in Port Gamble Bay. If we don't move them NOW, the oysters will be buried and lost when pilings are removed in cleanup efforts this July! If you want to help, bring your waterproof boots, heavy duty gloves and a five gallon pail or large storage tote on May 7th at 10am to Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park. Meet at Shoreline Trail parking lot off Hwy 104. Stay for a tailgate oyster roast. Oysters provided by Taylor Shellfish!
For the past seven years NKTA has worked with Kitsap County and other local organization to promote the acquisition of right-of-way for future trails and parks. As a result we've seen the creation of the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park, expanded the North Kitsap Heritage Park and Bainbridge Island has obtained grants for construction of an initial portion of that trail from the ferry terminal to High School Road. We initiated work with Kitsap County to obtain a $500,000 RCO grant to construct a bicycle ride park near Port Gamble (think ski area for mountain bicycles) and another grant for $740,000 to acquire right-of-way through parts of the OPG property south of Port Gamble.