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Great Peninsula Conservancy Earns National Recognition

Bremerton, Washington (Aug. 20, 2020) – One thing that unites us as a nation is land: Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love. Founded in 2000, Great Peninsula Conservancy (GPC) has been doing just that for the people of west Puget Sound for the last twenty years. Great Peninsula Conservancy now announces it…

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Celebrating Gary Cunningham’s Legacy

For half a century, Gary Cunningham lead the way for conservation in the Puget Sound region. As one of the founding fathers of Great Peninsula Conservancy, Gary’s recent passing has been keenly felt by our board, staff, and members. It is hard to envision GPC without Gary, but we know that every acre protected is…

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Protecting Climate-Resilient Lands Through a New Initiative

The Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative is a partnership between community foundations in Oregon, Idaho, and Washington, that the Land Trust Alliance launched with lead support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to conserve essential climate-resilient lands. Great Peninsula Conservancy received a technical assistance grant of $14,000 from the initiative to use the latest science…

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Washington Has Received Big Money From Federal Wetlands Grants Program

WASHINGTON PROJECTS WITH 2020 FUNDING For the full list of approved projects nationwide, download the coastal wetlands grants project summaries (PDF 540 kb). Misery Point, $1 million Located near Seabeck on Hood Canal, this 21-acre property with 3,500 feet of shoreline includes a 1,600-foot-long sand spit sheltering a three-acre lagoon. A “feeder bluff” on Misery Point…

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Local land trust looks to protect Burke Bay Estuary in Brownsville

The Great Peninsula Conservancy recently announced that the property owners of the Burke Bay Estuary in Brownsville have decided to donate the $135,000 property to the land trust. For years, a group of Brownsville residents have been keeping tabs on the vacant properties surrounding the estuary, according to a release from the conservancy. The GPC…

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Great Peninsula Conservancy to host nature tours in August

Tours occur at Ueland Tree Farm, Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park, and Banner Forest Heritage Park (RSVP here) The Great Peninsula Conservancy is announcing its August nature tours across the Kitsap Peninsula with executive director Nate Daniel. The event series will be taking place at three community green spaces and parks throughout the county. “This…

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Groups angling to purchase site on Miller Bay for nature preserve

(Photo: Meegan M. Reid / Kitsap Sun) INDIANOLA – Paul Dorn gradually fights his way up a steep embankment along Miller Bay Road, loose dirt slipping under his feet and knees as he scrambles to the top. “The worst I could do is tumble back down,” he says. Eventually he makes it to the roadside…

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New conservancy director aims for more community engagement

Nathan Daniel wants to conduct more community science projects with universities and the state. The newly named executive director of the Great Peninsula Conservancy is looking to continue the trajectory that the organization has been on for years under the recently retired Sandra Staples-Bortner. The organization is a nonprofit land trust charged with protecting natural…

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Navy, conservation groups team to purchase old Scout camp land

More than 400 acres along Hood Canal will be protected from future development, thanks to a deal struck among the Navy, the state Department of Natural Resources, the Boy Scouts and local and national conservancy groups. The Navy purchased a $2.61 million easement on 430 acres that used to be part of the Boy Scouts’ Camp…

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Salmon Tours 2018

Despite the lack of rain and the low tide that kept the salmon out in the bay, we had so much fun at this year’s Salmon Tours at the mouth of Chico Creek on November 3rd! This was one of 8 stops throughout Kitsap that celebrated the return of the salmon. This estuary, on which GPC…

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