You’re invited to take a look into one of Forterra’s most important ongoing projects. The Port Gamble Forest is a 3,000-acre working forest that has the opportunity to be a community forest for the people of the Pacific Northwest and future generations! You’ll learn firsthand about the Kitsap Forest and Bay Community Campaign and why we must purchase, restore, and preserve this regional asset.
To save the forest, Forterra is collaborating with community stakeholders on the Kitsap Forest and Bay Community Campaign to raise $3.5 million dollars by June 2017, leveraging $5 million dollars of public funds already in-hand.
On Saturday, April 9, see all that the forest can offer, and why we must save it. The day’s activities will include a bird walk, hike, and mountain bike ride. After, we’ll gather for a locally-sourced lunch with community leaders in Mark and Lynn Schorn’s barn, adjacent to the forest.
Interested in carpooling? If you have room in your car or are looking for a ride, please visit the Port Gamble Field Series Carpool page.
From Seattle: Take the 7:55 a.m. ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island
From Edmonds: Take the 7:55 a.m. ferry from Edmonds to Kingston
We will meet at 9:50 a.m. and begin activities at 10:10 a.m. Please look at your activity below to find out your meeting location. Make sure to wear weather/activity appropriate clothing and bring two liters of water. Around 12:05 p.m., we’ll gather at Mark & Lynn Schorn’s barn (28289 WA-104 NE Kingston, WA) for lunch by Crescent Moon Catering. The day will conclude around 2:00 p.m.
The hike will be 3 to 5 miles long. There will be a level one (faster) and level two (slower) group. We’ll meet and split up at the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park trail head.
If you are running late or not able to make the hike, please contact Hillary Wilson at 406-868-6160.
The 1 to 2 mile birding walk will meet at Mark and Lynn Schorn’s barn (28289 WA-104 NE Kingston, WA). As a group, we will shuttle into the forest for some of the best birding!
If you are running late or not able to make the birding walk, please contact Lila Trowbridge at 603-933-2159.
Mountain Bike Trail Ride (BYOB – Bring Your Own Bike)
The mountain bike trail ride will meet at Stottlemeyer Trailhead (24426, 25398 Stottlemeyer Rd NE, Poulsbo, WA).
If you are running late or not able to make the birding walk, please contact Susannah Hale at 503-230-0926.
From Bainbridge Island: Take the 2:55 p.m. or 3:50 p.m. ferry from Bainbridge Island to Seattle
From Kingston: Take the 2:30 p.m. or 3:10 p.m. ferry from Kingston to Edmonds
Read more about the broader Kitsap Forest and Bay effort to conserve land on Kitsap Peninsula from Forterra’s Director of Conservation Planning and Strategy, Liz Johnston: One Opportunity to get it Right.
Learn about past Field Series events.
Photo by Don Willott