Save Port Gamble Forest!



Sustaining our region's quality of life, environmental health and economic vitality


a linked system of

publicly-owned trails,

protected marine & upland habitats, and sustainably managed forests.

Saving Special Places

Kitsap Forest & Bay Project

is targeting 4,000 acres in for conservation.

This biologically rich landscape includes shorelines, tidelands, wetlands, and upland forests in the Port Gamble Bay watershed and beyond.

Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park

- 535 acres & 1.5 miles of shoreline; Saved Feb. 2014

- 1356 acres; Saved Dec. 2016

- Land at Risk: 1645 acres DONATE NOW

North Kitsap Heritage Park Addition

- 366 acres; Saved Dec. 2014

Grovers Creek Preserve

-200 Acres; Saved April 2015

-80 acres; Saved Feb. 2017

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Sound to Olympics Trail

The Sound to Olympics Trail is a planned paved shared-use path that will link the Kitsap Forest & Bay Project to north Kitsap communities and, via ferries and bridges, to the Burke-Gilman and the Olympic Discovery Trails.

Port Gamble Trail Map

Get Involved!


Kitsap Forest & Bay Coalition invites community and business organizations from Kitsap County and greater Puget Sound to become involved.

The Coalition meets monthly to share project updates and develop strategies for advancing the Kitsap Forest & Bay Project. Contact our Coalition Chair.

Support Kitsap Forest & Bay Project's outreach efforts and wear one of our t-shirts or sweatshirts proudly when you're on the trails or in town: http://bit.ly/XYvYgR

Kitsap Forest & Bay Coaltion Resolution

on Timber Harvest:

In order to further the goal of preserving the 7,000 acres of the Kitsap Forest & Bay Project for the public forever, we encourage the KFBP Principals to explore the idea of allowing Pope Resources (or its successor) an additional timber harvest rotation to decrease land acquisition costs, while replanting a mix of native species and transitioning to a sustainably managed forest.

Kitsap Forest & Bay Coalition, January 23, 2013 (Resolution passed unanimously)


Kitsap Forest & Bay Project

Kitsap Forest & Bay project (KFBP) is a visionary effort to conserve over 4,000 acres of forest surrounding Port Gamble Bay in north Kitsap County — a spectacular region of western Puget Sound. The project is a once in a lifetime ooportunity to help sustain our region's quality of life, environmental health and economic vitality. Conservation efforts on this scale are critical for protecting the vibrancy that makes the Puget Sound region a great place to live, work, visit and raise our families.

The landowner, Pope Resources – a timber company, wants to move out of this urbanizing region at the tip of Hood Canal.  Recognizing the value of their lands for public recreation, wildlife habitat and cultural sustenance, the company has given the community an incredible opportunity to determine the land's future.

But, time is running out...the community's option to purchase the land expires in July 2017.  At that time, Pope Resources will pursue other options for disposing of its land.

See why we must act now to save the forest.

Want more info? See the whole project at a glance.

Kitsap Forest & Bay Coalition

Kitsap Forest & Bay Coalition is a collaboration of community and business organizations that has mobilized to advance the Kitsap Forest & Bay Project.  Working as a group and independently, Coalition Partners support efforts of the Project Principals (Kitsap County, Pope Resources, Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, and Suquamish Tribe) and fundraising leader (Forterra) to conserve the land. 

The Coalition's task is to: rally community support, help advance public and private funding efforts, integrate community voices into the conservation strategy, and participate in long-term land stewardship.

A Treasure for all Generations

Conservation of Kitsap Forest & Bay Project lands will help sustain our region's quality of life, envirnomental health, and economic vitality in myriad ways.

Preserve open space for public use and enjoyment

Protect Port Gamble Bay and its watershed

Preserve healthy Puget Sound shorelines

Protect our water quality and supply

Conserve wildlife habitat

Provide the economic benefits of a multi-use community forest and eco-recreation hub

Coalition Partners


Back Country Horsemen, Olympic Chapter

Bainbridge Island Land Trust

City of Bainbridge Island

City of Poulsbo

Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, West Sound Chapter


Friends of Miller Bay
Great Peninsula Conservancy

Hansville Greenway Association

Hood Canal Coordinating Council

Hood Canal Environmental Council

Indianola Beach Improvement Club
Kitsap Audubon Society
Kitsap Citizens for Responsible Planning
Kitsap Conservation Voters
Kitsap County

Kitsap Economic Development Alliance

Kitsap Home Builders Foundation

Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council

North Kitsap Trails Association

Pope Resources / Olympic Property Group
Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe

Puget Sound Partnership

Smyth Lumber Mill

Sports Safety and Education Association

Stillwaters Environmental Center
Suquamish Tribe
Sustainable Kitsap

Visit Kitsap Peninsula

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Washington State Legislative District 23:

  Senator Christine Rolfes

  Representative Sherry Appleton

  Representative Drew Hansen
West Sound Conservation Council

West Sound Cycling Club

West Sound Wildlife Shelter

WSU Kitsap County Extension


And your group to our list!



Kitsap Forest & Bay Project in the news:

PRESS RELEASE: Kitsap Forest & Bay Project Needs YOU! – May 26, 2015
PRESS RELEASE: Agreement Reached to Grow Grovers Creek Preserve – January 22, 2015
First purchase made on new North Kitsap forest preserve – Kitsap Sun – Tristan Baurick – January 11, 2015
'Big Vision' paying off for effort to protect 7,000 acres – Kitsap Sun – Tristan Baurick – January 3, 2015
Places of protection in Kitsap – Kitsap Sun – Christopher Dunagan – December 6, 2014
Health of forests plays key role in health of Puget Sound – Kitsap Sun – Christopher Dunagan – December 6, 2014
Forested North Kitsap park nearly doubles in size – Kitsap Sun – Tristan Baurick – December 5, 2014
Forest & Bay purchase celebrated – North Kitsap Herald – Richard Oxley – April 25, 2014
Purchase completed: Kitsap County acquires 535 acres of forestland, 1.5 miles of shoreline from Pope Resources – North Kitsap Herald – February 12, 2104
Kitsap County acquires Port Gamble Bay shoreline – Kitsap Sun – Christopher Dunagan – February 12, 2014
Watching Our Water Ways: Kitsap County acquires prime forst, shoreline – Kitsap Sun – Christopher Dunagan – February 12, 2014
Press Release: Kitsap County Protects Port Gamble Shoreline, 535 Acres of Forestland, February 12, 2014
Funding still in flux for coalition's land conserservation goals – Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal – Tim Kelly – October 2, 2013
Heritage Park will be Expanded – North Kitsap Herald – Richard Walker – September 6, 2013
Sale agreement reached for North Kitsap Heritage Park expansion – Kitsap Sun – Christopher Dunagan – September 5, 2013
Plan in place for $7M in cleanup for Port Gamble Bay – Kitsap Sun – Christopher Dunagan – September 4, 2013
$14M awarded for Port Gamble land, shoreline – Kingston Community News – July 26, 2013
State grant bridges final funding gap for North Kitsap park expansion – Kitsap Sun – Tristan Baurick – July 17, 2013
After shoreline deal, what's next?  Coalition pushing for acquistion of forestland in bay's watershed – Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal – Tim Kelly – July 2, 2013
Kitsap Forest & Bay cause to celebrate – Kingston Community News – Noo-Kayet, Our Village – Jeromy Sullivan – July 1, 2013
Our View: senate needed for monumental step – Kitap Sun – June 1, 2013
A big step for Kitsap Forest & Bay Project –In Our Opinion – North Kitsap Herald – May 30, 2013
Martha Kongsgaard, Puget Sound Partnership Chair, Purchase & Sale agreement signing for Port Gamble Bay Shoreline, May 30, 2013: "This morning's signing is a milestone and forms the beginning of a response to this ongoing central challenge of our time."
Forterra signs purchase and sale agreement for Port Gamble shoreline block – North Kitsap Herald – May 30, 2013
First part of longtime NK land deal comes together – Kitsap Sun – Christopher Dunagan – May 29, 2013
Coalition has one year to close on purchase of forestland, shoreline – Kingston Community News – Megan Stephenson – March 29, 2013
Deal struck to preserve peninsula shoreline and forestland – KUOW EarthFix – Ashley Ahearn – May 29, 2013
Huge forestland deal coming together in North Kitsap – Kitsap Sun – Christopher Dunagan – March 28, 2013
Forterra moves closer to saving Port Gamble's sweetest forests – Crosscut – Daniel Jack Chasan – March 28, 2013
Pope, DOE reach agreement on final cleanup – North Kitsap Herald – Richard Walker – March 28, 2013
$9 million for shoreline restoration at risk in docks dispute – Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal – Tim Kelly – February 26, 2013
Editor's View: A lot at stake in standoff over Port Gamble mill site cleanup – Kitsap Business Journal – Tim Kelly – February 23, 2013
In our opinion: Pope must agree to cleanup plan it made with DOE – North Kitsap Herald – February 22, 2013
Funds in jeopardy in Pope, DOE spat – North Kitsap Herald – Richard Walker, Megan Stephenson and Kipp Robertson – February 22, 2013
Pope: Permit before removal – North Kitsap Herald – Megan Stephenson – February 14, 2013
Watching our Water Ways: Port Gamble Bay restoration stuck in dilemma – Kitsap Sun – Chris Dunagan – February 13, 2013
Ecology-Port Gamble deal appears to be in trouble – Kitsap Sun – Christopher Dunagan – February 12, 2013
Kitsap Forest & Bay Project awarded $1 million – North Kitsap Herald – January 30, 2013
$1 million federal grant will buy Port Gamble shoreline – Kitsap Sun – Christopher Dunagan – January 29, 2013
Deadline nears for option on NK land – North Kitsap Herald – Richard Walker – January 24, 2013
Can two men save thousands of acres of Kitsap Peninsula forest? – Crosscut – Joshua Zaffos – November 30, 2012
Future of town, forests taking shape in plans for Port Gamble – Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal – Tim Kelly – August 2012
Stottlemeyer race draws more than 300 riders –North Kitsap Herald – May 22, 2012
Endurance mountain bikers invade Port Gamble
Area is becoming a prime spot for long-distance mountain bikers
– Kitsap Sun – Tad Sooter – May 20, 2012
Shoreline Money Is In, Purchase On Hold – North Kitsap Herald – Richard Walker – April 27, 2012
Bay Project Forages for Funds – North Kitsap Herald – Megan Stephenson – April 27, 2012
Governor Gregoire Gives Kitsap Forest & Bay Conservation Effort a Big Boost – Inside Bainbridge – Julie Hall – April 8, 2012
Kitsap Peninsula Site of Puget Sound's Biggest Conservation Opportunity – Inside Bainbridge – Julie Hall – March 26, 2012
Kitsap Forest & Bay Project: So close, but still so far to go – North Kitsap Herald – Richard Walker – March 16, 2012
Port Gamble Clean Up Might Benefit in Olympia Budgets - Kitsap Sun - John Stang - March 11, 2012
Passage of forest tax bill in Olympia keeps effort to protect NK land on track - Kitsap Sun - Christopher Dunagan - March 7, 2012
Commissioner's Corner - Rob Gelder - March 6, 2012

Pieces coming together for Kitsap Forest & Bay

Kitsap Sun - Watching Our Waterways - Chris Dunagan - Dec 31, 2011

Clock’s Ticking On Innovative Land Deal Near Seattle
KUOW - Ashley Ahearn - Dec 29, 2011

Field Notes: 7,000 acres for sale in Seattle's backyard

KUOW Dec 12, 2011

Land conservation effort is challengeing but exciting

Kingston Community News – Jeromy Sullivan– Nov 23, 2011

North Kitsap forestland deal could protect 7,000 acres

Kitsap Sun - Oct 19, 2011

Can We Protect & Conserve 7,000 Acres of Prime Forestland in North Kitsap?

Out and About in North Kitsap - County Commissioner Rob Gelder - Oct 2011

Conservation Group Given Chance to Buy Port Gamble Forestlands

The Seattle Times - Oct 19, 2011

Fundraising Begins: Conservancy and Pope Resources Unveil Option Agreement on 7,000 acres in North Kitsap

North Kitsap Herald - Oct 19, 2011

Contact Information:

Sandra Staples-Bortner

Executive Director

Great Peninsula Conservacy



Kitsap Forest & Bay Coalition


To Learn More:

Kitsap Forest & Bay Coalition welcome opportunities to make presentations to community and business organizations, and to participate as an exhibitor at community events.  Please contact our Community Outreach Chair to schedule a presentation or community event particpation.