Miller Bay Preserve

A wall of evergreens lines the busy road that runs adjacent to Miller Bay in North Kitsap. On foot, a scramble through the thick brush and downed trees leads toward the bay. The sound of the cars grows faint and birdsong fills the air. Light filters through the native hemlock, spruce, and cedar, bringing life to the trillium, Indian plum, salmonberry, and ferns that grow along the banks. Looking out over the bay it’s easy to feel at peace in this pocket of green and forget about the busy world nearby.

Project Details

Great Peninsula Conservancy’s Miller Bay Preserve will conserve 13 acres of pristine shoreline and upland forest on north Miller Bay. At low tide the estuary waters recede, revealing expansive mudflats and a meandering stream that runs through the “gooseneck” of Miller Bay to the mouth of Grovers Creek. On the shoreline, overhanging plants creates habitat for juvenile salmon to feed on insects and plankton. Birds nest in the forest’s mossy undergrowth and forage along the water.

The Miller Bay Preserve lies adjacent to GPC’s Kawahara Preserve and a 40-acre forest property owned by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The 13-acre preserve links these three properties, and together they protect 56 acres of forest and 1,575 continuous feet of shoreline. Half a mile upstream lies GPC’s Durham Preserve, which protects a significant stretch of Grovers Creek and associated wetlands. Together, the conserved lands provide a wildlife corridor for deer, river otter, and black bear, and critical habitat for endangered chinook salmon and steelhead trout, as well as chum and coho salmon, and cutthroat trout.

Connecting protected areas in the Grovers Creek watershed
Miller Bay Preserve Campaign

Friends of Miller Bay is partnering with Great Peninsula Conservancy to raise $150,000 — the funding gap needed to acquire Miller Bay Preserve. During Summer 2019, all gifts made to the Miller Bay Campaign will be matched dollar for dollar thanks to a handful of Friends of Miller Bay members who graciously pledged $75,000! Your donation today will help save Miller Bay Preserve from development, making this greenspace an oasis for people and safe for the wildlife that rely on it for food and shelter.

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Project Partners

Friends of Miller Bay
The Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation
Kitsap Audubon Society

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