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What’s So Special About Dead Trees, Anyways?

For the past 3 months, GPC’s stewardship team has been creating wildlife habitat on our preserves through a procedure called girdling. Our goal is to create snag and den trees, features that are relatively rare in many of GPC’s evenly-aged forest preserves. In older forests, standing dead trees (snags) and logs are common and provide…

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How much do you know about Olympia oysters?

For Logan, it was a dream come true. He was bursting at the seams with excitement when he talked about how he wanted to become a marine biologist. Now he had a chance to be face-to-face with a professional restoration ecologist from the Puget Sound Restoration Fund (PSRF). On this sunny September morning, Logan got…

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Shoreline Geology at Misery Point

At the end of August, 24 GPC members and neighbors gathered at the Misery Point Preserve near Seabeck for our second installment of the Walk and Talk series. Hugh Shipman, a retired Department of Ecology Coastal Geologist of 30 years, walked us through the glacial history of the bluff and present-day erosion and accretion processes…

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A Weekend of Stewardship

It was another busy weekend for conservation and stewardship up and down the peninsula! The weekend started early on Friday morning, when GPC’s stewardship team led a work party at the Klingel-Bryan-Beard Wildlife Refuge. We got a ton of support from YouthBuild Kitsap to make this event possible, and we’re so grateful for it. This…

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This Forest On The Kitsap Is Protected – Forever

On Washington’s Kitsap Peninsula – that arrow-shaped piece of land between Puget Sound and the Olympic Peninsula – Great Peninsula Conservancy is working to conserve and restore degraded shorelines, peat bogs, forests, saltwater marshes, and salmon-bearing streams. The lands and waters under Great Peninsula Conservancy’s care are protected – forever. Through property purchases and conservation easements, the…

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Before & After: Restoration at Hahobas

GPC’s Hahobas Shoreline Preserve has had a facelift. The cabin that afforded former Boy Scout members a phenomenal waterside viewshed for over 60 years has been removed. Although the cabin is no longer, the shoreline view of the Olympic mountains remains remarkable. Come visit, take a seat at the picnic bench, and revel in the…

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Land Labs Investigates Ecosystems at Curley Creek

Sierra Kross, Land Labs Education Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA, guest posts on the inaugural Land Labs fieldtrip at GPC’s Curley Creek Tyner Preserve, where many students met face-to-face for the first time after a year of virtual education! GPC’s Land Labs program aims to partner with local public schools to provide hands-on science projects that meet…

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Public Access at Filucy Bay Preserve

Last month, Great Peninsula Conservancy hosted our first volunteer event since the pandemic started… can anyone really believe it’s been a whole year? To kick things off, we created a public access site at our Filucy Bay Preserve. Filucy Bay Preserve protects 99 acres of intact, high-value estuarine nearshore, saltmarsh, riparian forest, and estuarine shoreline…

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Fieldtrip Fridays

Over the past few weeks, Great Peninsula Conservancy started a new tradition: meeting up on Fridays to introduce the new staff to community partners and members and visit the GPC preserves across our working region. Our new AmeriCorps members, Sierra Kross and Janessa Hollmaier, are getting out on the land to think about possible use…

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