N. Kitsap Heritage Park, Phase II Acq.(Grover Cr.)

Category Overview

Urban Wildlife Habitat projects fund close-to-home places to play and explore nature. As our urban areas are increasingly expanding and densifying, these grants protect important fish and wildlife habitat within five miles of densely populated areas, creating green refuges that help keep our ecosystems healthy and provide places to enjoy nature right in our backyards.

Project Highlights

Kitsap County used this grant to purchase approximately 366 acres of natural habitat and open space adjacent to the current North Kitsap Heritage Park located near Kingston and the Suquamish Indian Reservation. This acquisition protects 366 acres of aquatic and forest lands while at the same time preserving the area for public low impact recreation. The primary wildlife habitat protected through this project are the headwaters of two priority salmon-bearing streams (Grover’s & Carpenter Creeks) containing rare Category 1 wetlands, ponds, mature lowland forests and critical habitat for a host of terrestrial animals. The Salmon Federal funding was focused on the headwaters of two priority salmon-bearing streams, riparian buffer, wetland complex, and approximately 3.5 miles of stream. Grovers Creek is the most significant salmonid stream in the as yet undeveloped North Kitsap lowland forest area north of the Port Madison (Suquamish) Indian reservation, and is the largest freshwater source to Miller Bay, a unique coastal barrier bay. The project site also contains the headwaters of unnamed stream #15.0308, which is a significant freshwater source for the Carpenter Creek Estuary and is known salmonid habitat.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Kitsap County Parks and Rec Category: Urban Wildlife Habitat WWRP Grant: $392,000.00 Applicant Match: $924,500.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Kitsap Legislative District: 23 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 10-1297

Location Details

Driving north on State highway 3, take SR 305 exit towards Poulsbo and Bainbridge Island. Turn left on SR 307 toward Kingston. 2.5 miles turn right on Gunderson Road. Follow until it ends at Miller Bay Road. Turn left onto Miller Bay and turn right on West Kingston Road. Turn right onto Norman Road and continue to the end of Norman Road. The habitat property begins at the end of Norman Road.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.