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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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Great Peninsula Conservancy acquires McLane Cove

Sometimes big things come in small packages. That’s the case with Great Peninsula Conservancy’s purchase last Friday of 2.5 acres on McLane Cove, a ‘pocket’ estuary near Grapeview. This small, skinny parcel has 1200 feet of undeveloped shoreline that is a nursery for young Chinook and other salmon. Young salmon slowly make their way to…

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Development Fees Pay for Hood Canal Preserves

The forested “Dewatto Shoreline Preserve” encompasses 1,700 feet of high-bank waterfront, as well as streams and tidelands. Its beaches provide spawning area for surf smelt, a food source for salmon and halibut. The property borders state forest. At the north end of the canal, the “Bob and Melissa Olson Shoreline Preserve” spans 490 feet of shoreline…

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Restoring Nature at the Klingel Wetlands Wildlife Refuge

Looking out over the wide expanse of Klingel Wetlands Wildlife Refuge you’ll see squiggly traces of tide channels and tracks of shorebirds, deer, and coyote. It’s hard to imagine that here once grazed cattle to feed a thriving early 20th century logging industry, or more recently that families gathered here to swim and play on…

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