This Forest On The Kitsap Is Protected – Forever

Photo Credit: Joe Walsh
Photo by Joe Walsh

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 land trust is safeguarding more than 10,500 acres of ecologically important areas on the Kitsap Peninsula.

“The rapidity of residential and urban development in the Kitsap Peninsula makes it so important to set aside sites for the future,” says Adrian Wolf, Stewardship Manager for the Conservancy. NNRG has been working with Conservancy staff to develop management plans for many of their properties and gain Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification for nearly 500 acres of forest.

Many of the Conservancy’s land acquisitions aren’t open to the public, as they act as refuges for species on both state and federal endangered species lists. But eight properties comprising over 800 acres of the peninsula do have public access and are either FSC®-certified or on their way to obtaining certification. Grovers Creek Preserve is one such property.