The following statement has been released by Pope Resources:
Port Gamble Upland Trails Opened for Recreational Use:
Sponsored by REI, NKTA, Great Peninsula Conservancy, Kitsap County Parks, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance West Sound, Kitsap Audubon and Backcountry Horsemen, Olympic Chapter.
Thanks to our generous donors during the Great Give, NKTA raised over $3750! The tremendous effort by the Kitsap Community Foundation and all the great sponsors resulted in raising over $1 million for Kitsap County non-profits.
Kitsap County's Heritage Park Stewardship program earned a Washington Recreation and Park Association award for Environmental Stewardship. In an email to Heritage Park Stewardship volunteers announcing the award, Lori Raymaker, Park Stewardship Coordinator, thanked volunteers:
"You are all a huge part of this award, because without you, this program and our parks as we know them, would not exist. As a park staff person, and a citizen of Kitsap County, I cannot thank you enough for all that you do!!"
NKTA would like to echo Lori's heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers who give their time, heart and enthusiasm to the parks and trails that our community enjoys.
There's a new map on the timber thinning up in Port Gamble and except for the area completely closed for Commercial Thinning, most trails are open on the weekends. But be careful, thinning means they are actively cutting trees to create enough room and light for the other trees to keep growing, so there may be trees down on the trails.
Keep your eye on the thinning map: 1200, Ankle Biter & Downhell are completely closed, but 1000 is now back open on the weekends.
Here's a picture of the Commercial thinning.
On May 12th the Great Peninsula Conservancy kicks off a crowd-funding campaign to raise an additional $25,000 to complete the purchase of 270 acres of the Grovers Creek Preserve. Donating to the campaign completes two major goals - preservation of a valuable wetland and securing an east-west path for the Sound to Olympics Trail.
Here's what your membership dollars, donations & time helped NKTA get done in 2014:
|February: Potholes the size of lakes!|
Check out the newly improved trailhead at Kitsap County's Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park along SR 104. Kitsap County Parks, NKTA volunteers and a mix of County, NKTA, and REI grant funds are all being put to good use for some loooong overdue maintenance at the trailhead parking area. The old parking area has been cleaned up, re-graded and graveled. Coming soon to trailhead near you: a new fence and a trailhead kiosk. Our new gorgeous park is starting to look gorgeous when you arrive!