This month, the North Kitsap Heritage Park, located one-quarter mile south of Kingston House, nearly doubled in size after a 366-acre purchase by Kitsap County. The park, now totaling 900 acres, includes second-growth forest, black bear and beaver habitat, and nine miles of popular hiking trails. The North Kitsap Heritage Park expansion is one of the first in the nation to be awarded a grant from the U.S. Forest Service’s Community Forest Program.
Kitsap County’s forest lands, marketed as “Seattle’s backyard,” are enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts throughout the Puget Sound region. The park is part of the Kitsap Forest and Bay Project, an exciting initiative that’s brought together conservation groups, businesses, municipalities and tribes to conserve as much as 6,700 acres in North Kitsap Peninsula that are currently managed by the timber company Pope Resources. Earlier this year, Kitsap County purchased 535 acres and 1.5 miles of forested shoreline on historic Port Gamble Bay.
The North Kitsap Heritage Park expansion will help protect local drinking water, wildlife habitat and the headwaters of two priority salmon-bearing streams Carpenter Creek and Grovers Creek. Grovers Creek, which runs along Kingston House’s eastern boundary, is the focus of another conservation effort. Earlier this year, over $1.5 million was committed to purchase over 100 acres around the stream. We are grateful to the hard work of our friends and neighbors to secure this important habitat in perpetuity for future generations.
Guests to Kingston House are encouraged to take the quick walk (or drive) to the North Kitsap Heritage Park entrance off Miller Bay Road NE. It’s a wonderful way to experience the natural beauty of Kitsap County and the Pacific Northwest!
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