Conserving the most
valued and threatened landscapes.
Great Peninsula Conservancy’s conservation initiatives are intended to provide a framework for preservation of the most significant and threatened landscapes of the Great Peninsula. GPC has already protected over 10,000 acres of ecologically important lands and waters, but there is much left to be done. Future conservation projects will focus on lands and waters with high conservation significance, projects that provide connections to other protected areas, and those which have strong community support.
This conservation initiative intends to capture a myriad of multiple-use benefits like locally based and sustainable forest products, jobs, recreation, cultural resources, wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration, and improved water quality. High priority will be given to large tracts of intact forest, forests with rare species or communities, old-growth and mature second-growth forest and biologically-diverse forest.
Streams and Freshwater Wetlands
The conservation of streams and freshwater wetlands is critical to wetland-dependent species, the health of outlet coastal estuaries, and to recovery of anadromous fish including Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed salmon. Emphasis within this initiative will be to protect areas with healthy, high-quality habitat and to work strategically with partners to secure, and restore as needed, properties that connect instream, off-channel, and estuarine habitats.
Shorelines and Estuaries
Shorelines, deltas and estuaries form the interface between terrestrial and marine landscapes. These nearshore ecosystems provide critical habitat for fish, shellfish, birds and marine mammals, and are also highly valued by human communities. With 577 miles of marine shoreline touching the Great Peninsula, the region has a significant impact on the productivity of the entire Puget Sound basin. This initiative prioritizes protection of intact shoreline with high quality habitat, and providing opportunities for public access to shorelines where suitable.
The critical challenge to creating vibrant community greenspaces is to conserve landscapes that capture the imagination of individual people in order to motivate conservation at the community level. The potential for attracting a community’s interest hinges on site potential – the ability of a particular place to furnish a diverse and robust spectrum of activities. Also important is site appeal – a place’s appeal to people at both a personal and social scale. Greenspaces are critical to community and individual well-being as they afford opportunities for social interaction, collaboration, outdoor classrooms and outdoor activity to enhance overall quality of life.
To learn more about GPC’s entire conservation outlook for 2016-2021, download a copy of our complete Conservation Plan.