This Black Friday, we’re joining our friends at REI to #OptOutside. Join us as we Return to the Forest! Grab your friends and family for a guided Bird, Bike & Hike in the Port Gamble Forest instead of hitting the stores. Bring the whole family—there is something for everyone. We invite you to experience for yourself why we love this place and why we are working hard to save it!
Why this place? The forest is six times the size of Seattle’s Discovery Park, providing our community with year-round access to over 65 miles of public-use trails where 20,000+ hikers, bird watchers, mountain bikers, equestrians, cyclists and runners recreate each year. The Port Gamble Forest is at risk of being lost to development, and we must act now to save it.
The Kitsap Forest and Bay Community Campaign is the culmination of an effort that began in 2011, when Forterra signed an Option Agreement with Pope Resources to purchase land including the Port Gamble Forest. Since that time the community has worked tirelessly to conserve 1,076 acres of forest and 1.5 miles of Port Gamble Bay shoreline by raising over $7 million in federal, state, tribal, and local funds—showcasing the broad support for protecting these lands for public use, sustainable timber management, trail corridors and wildlife habitat.
Conserving natural lands is important, particularly in Kitsap County, an area which has lost land to development at a much higher rate than in other places in Washington State. According to a Spring 2016 report by The Conservation Science Partners, Kitsap County lost 9,383 acres of land to development between 2001 and 2011. That annual rate of loss is 737.2% higher than the rate of loss across the West.
“There are very few opportunities in life that are on such a landscape and generational scale as is this endeavor,” says Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder states. “As our entire region continues to grow, the community will not likely be presented with such an opportunity in the future.”
Please join us on Black Friday and learn why the Port Gamble Forest is a community treasure.
There are very few opportunities in life that are on such a landscape and generational scale as is this endeavor... As our entire region continues to grow, the community will not likely be presented with such an opportunity in the future.
Can’t make it to the Bird, Bike & Hike? That’s okay, you can still help save the Port Gamble Forest by donating. Right now you can double your impact to help save the Port Gamble Forest. Three local donors have offered a challenge MATCH grant to the community of $75,000 until mid-night December 31st 2016. Donate NOW to double your impact. Every dollar counts!