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Friday, October 10, 2014

REI/GPC Stewardship Day

REI / GPC Stewardship Day
Port Gamble Shoreline Park – Nov 1

Plant trees at Kitsap County’s newest park.  Go home with a Get Dirty T-shirt.  Join other rock star volunteers at the new Port Gamble Shoreline Park.  We’ll start the day by removing invasive plants, and then plant the red cedar saplings that will one day shade this beautiful park.  You’ll be entered to win a great prize from REI!

Port Gamble Shoreline Park is the first land purchased through the Kitsap Forest & Bay Project’s effort to conserve nearly 7,000 acres of forestland surrounding Port Gamble Bay.  The park includes 1.5 miles of shoreline and more than 500 acres of forest for hiking, cycling, running, horseback riding, and birding.

Bring your gloves, shovels, clippers and sturdy shoes.  Enjoy the shoreline, the views, some great snacks and the company of other fabulous volunteers!  9 am – 2 pm  Details and directions  
RSVP: or (360) 373-3500

Kate Kuhlman
Operations Director
Great Peninsula Conservancy
423 Pacific Ave, Suite 401
Bremerton, WA 98337
(360) 373-3500
cell (360) 981-8691

New Port Gamble Map

New maps for the Port Gamble trails!

Port Gamble Shoeline ParkCheck out the location of Kitsap County's new Port Gamble Shoreline Park on the new maps. For a larger map, click the image.
New maps are installed on the trails and at trailheads, and are in the brochures at the trail heads. The new 534 acre park has 1.5 miles of shoreline (not very accessible yet) and can be accessed from the Bay View trailhead, about a mile south of Port Gamble on highway 104. There are no trails or parking lots on the water side of the road so please be considerate of the neighbors and don't head down their driveways. So 534 acres saved! The next challenge is the remaining 3316 acres!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Chainsaw Safety Classes

From Kitsap County Parks:

The class will be about 1½ hours including a section on saw maintenance. Everyone operating a chainsaw on County Park property needs to be certified in chainsaw safety. Certification needs to be updated every 2 years. This is not a class to teach you how to use your saw, but to teach you the Kitsap County safety protocols for using a chainsaw on County property. You must have your own saw and be comfortable with using it. The exception to this is for those who want to work with a sawyer as their safety person. I encourage volunteers who are regularly on site with others who are using a chainsaw to attend this class so that you are familiar with the safety protocols and can be an extra set of eyes and ears for their partner. Sawyers must bring their own saws, in working order, to the training. You must also bring all safety equipment you have. I will have some to loan.
Space is limited in both locations. Please RSVP to Lori Raymaker at

Here is the information for each class (You only need to attend one of these.)

South County
Saturday, Oct. 25th
At the South County Road maintenance shop (2339 SE Cedar Rd, Port Orchard)

North County
Tuesday, Oct. 28th
At the North County Road maintenance shop (301 Berndt Rd, Poulsbo)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Work Party Oct 4th - Sleepy Hollow Trail

October 4 is a work event in the Olympics for a trail called sleepy hollow. Easy to get to from 101 on the Quilcene side. What's great about this is the large amount of xc trail in this area that few know about. This trail is not on the maps, but has a trailhead. Working on this area offers more connections for large rides. 

From EMBA:
Join us and Evergreen's West Sound chapter for an awesome collaborative work party with the Gray Wolf Trail Crew and the Backcountry Horsemen of WA, in the Gold / Dungeness zone of the Olympic Peninsula!  We will be riding and working on a section of the "Sleepy Hollow Trail", which connects Gold Creek to the Mt Zion trail.  This section is part of the 1200 mile Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, connecting the Continental Divide in Montana, to the Olympic Coast.

Link to Gold / Dungeness Trail description:

More Info:
We will meet at Sequim Bay State Park's main entrance, just outside the entrance kiosk at 8:30am.  We will then carpool the 30min up to the Sleepy Hollow Trailhead.  We will be focusing on cutting alder and brush from the trail cooridor.  Join us to camp Friday and Sat. nights, probably at Sequim Bay State Park.  Contact Graham @ 406 580-3636 or if interested in riding the Gold/ Dungeness loop on Friday or to meet up and camp.
What to bring:
  • A sturdy daypack capable of carrying loppers or a pruning saw
  • Rain gear and appropriate layers
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Bike and related gear
  • Favorite hand saw or loppers if you have them
  • Lunch, water, snacks
  • Camping gear if planning to spend the night(s)
  • Glasses and work gloves if you have some
We will provide:
  • tools for trailwork
  • Clif bar snacks
  • work gloves if needed
  • apres work beverages

Oct 4th, Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

This Saturday, take a kid mountain  biking!!!

Help recover a stolen bike!

16 year old Oliver Parish had his Trek Remedy 8 stolen from the Uplands Trailhead parking lot at Port Gamble Saturday, Sep 28th . He saved up and bought this bike with his own money. Please help us find this young man's bike.

Weekly gravel grinder Wednesday night rides at Ueland Tree Farm

First warning. Starting the weekly gravel grinder Wednesday night rides at Ueland on October 8th. Be at the Lebers lane gate at 6 pm ready to ride then. Not 615. Routes will vary on the gravel roads and will be all about conditioning. Which means go fast. We'll try to get 15 miles. You'll need your lights. And we'll do it no matter the weather. Be there.