Kitsap Forest and Bay Project
Forterra and partners are working to conserve 6,700 acres in north Kitsap County
The Kitsap Forest and Bay Project (KFBP) is a landscape-level effort to conserve 6,700 acres of forest land and 1.8 miles of shoreline surrounding Port Gamble Bay in north Kitsap County.
A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity
Kitsap County, Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, Suquamish Tribe, Forterra, Great Peninsula Conservancy, several local and state agencies, and a coalition of business and community groups are working in partnership to create a comprehensive strategy to conserve the lands surrounding Port Gamble Bay for their economic, ecological, cultural and community values. The overall objective is to protect the landscape, preserve habitat values, protect cultural resources, and create opportunities for educational and low-impact recreation. Opportunities for conservation efforts on this scale in the Puget Sound basin are critical for protecting the vibrancy that makes our region a great place to live, work, and raise our families.
Conserving Great Lands
The property consists of five large tracts for conservation.
- Port Gamble Upland Block – 3316 acres
- Port Gamble Shoreline Block – 564 acres, including 1.8 miles of shoreline
- Hansville Block – 1782 acres
- Divide Block – 662 acres
- Park Expansion Block– 366 acres
Port Gamble Bay is part of an important ecological system that supports species in Hood Canal and Central Puget Sound. The property serves as a rich and productive nursery for endangered and threatened salmon species and critical stocks of forage fish, provides significant wintering habitat for ducks and other marine birds, and supports the food chain for marine mammals.
Creating Great Communities
The lands and waters of Port Gamble Bay provide fundamental cultural, spiritual and subsistence resources to the Port Gamble S’Klallam and Suquamish Tribes. The bay’s plentiful marine resources and protected waters have long been an important food source for native residents.
The bay also has a significant historical background in the Pacific Northwest. One of the earliest and most important lumber-producing centers on the Pacific Coast was located at the mouth of Port Gamble Bay, serving as a critical component of the local economy for 150 years.
If successful, we can look forward to spectacular forestland and shoreline that serves as a backbone to a regional land and water trail system, giving residents and visitors educational and recreation opportunities extending throughout the peninsula. Preservation of the property for public use and enjoyment will enrich our citizens, support healthy lifestyles, sustain cultural traditions, and support commercial enterprises including a robust and growing eco-recreation industry. The Kitsap Forest & Bay Project has the potential to help shape the future of the Kitsap Peninsula.
For More Information
Contact Liz Johnston, Forterra Conservation Transactions Director