Capital budget growing North Kitsap shoreline, forest holdings
... The Kitsap Forest and Bay Project received a total of $2.7 million from three sources, enabling it to soon buy 1.5 miles of Port Gamble Bay shoreline, 535 acres overall. It’ll be the first purchase in an attempt to acquire up to 6,700 acres of Pope Resources forestland in North Kitsap. Kitsap County will receive $1.25 million from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program for water access and $1 million from the Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account.
According to Sandra Staples-Bortner, Great Peninsula Conservancy executive director, “It does give us the funding we were hoping for for the shoreline, so that’s exciting to have the first purchase happen this summer.”
The Kitsap Forest and Bay Project, a coalition of government, tribal and community groups, also received $166,000 of a $1 million request for Grovers Creek, and can get started buying 180 acres of a critical wildlife link about a mile upstream from Miller Bay.
The other thing pleasing Staples-Borner is $392,000 Kitsap County will receive to acquire 470 acres of habitat for North Kitsap Heritage Park, to protect headwaters of two priority salmon-bearing streams and animal habitat. The money’s coming from a Washington Wildlife Recreation Program Riparian grant.
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