We Work - Building Partnerships
of a pending deal to place 320 houses on half of Banner
Forest, community members formed the Olalla Community Council
in order mobilize an effort to halt this project. Hundreds
of hours of meetings resulted in the success of the Council.
Part of their success included partnering with Kitsap County
to form the Banner Forest Stewardship Committee and the
creation of a 20-year Management Plan for the forest.
In December of 2000,
as part of the Management Plan, Kitsap County granted the
Great Peninsula Conservancy a conservation
easement on 139 acres of the forest. It protects a series
of small wetlands and the forest surrounding them. Although
Banner Forest itself is used for hiking, non-motorized biking
and horseback riding; the Conservancy property is currently
restricted to hiking.
It is easy to lose yourself in the
solitude of the dense second-growth forest as miles of small
trails meander throughout the 635 acres, offering an occasional
glimpse of a black tailed deer or Douglas squirrel. Other
animals that use the forest include black bear, cougar,
coyote, possum, raccoon, weasel and mountain beaver, as
well as many species of birds.
of Banner Forest showing conservation area
Directions to Banner Forest:
Highway 16 to Sedgwick Rd. and go east towards Southworth.
Turn right onto Banner Road. Drive for about one mile and
the forest is on the right side of the road.