Navy, conservation groups team to purchase old Scout camp land

Photo Credit: Anthony Gibbons
Photo by Anthony Gibbons

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 Hahobas in Tahuya, paving the way for the Great Peninsula Conservancy and the Department of Natural Resources to purchase the actual land.

“This is a beautiful property and this project is a long time coming,” said Sandra Staples-Bortner, executive director of the Great Peninsula Conservancy, which will own 162 acres. “We know many people have gone to Camp Hahobas as Scouts or parents of Scouts, and we love to hear their stories. We are proud to conserve this natural legacy for our children and grandchildren.”