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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Wildcat Work Party, Sunday June 14th

Meet at the Wildcat Trail head at 9AM.  Adding crushed rock over the big rock on Wildcat section 1. Need Wheelbarrows, Heavy Duty Rakes and Shovels.

Facebook event here:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Grovers Creek Preserve

Reprinted from NKTA:

Save Grovers Creek Preserve

Please Help Add another Pearl!

On May 12th the Great Peninsula Conservancy kicks off a crowd-funding campaign to raise an additional $25,000 to complete the purchase of 270 acres of the Grovers Creek Preserve. Donating to the campaign completes two major goals - preservation of a valuable wetland and securing an east-west path for the Sound to Olympics Trail.
The future Grovers Creek Preserve is at the center of the Kitsap Forest & Bay Project. Explore the landscape and find a large peat bog dotted with groves of old growth Sitka spruce, cedar, hemlock and fir trees. These diverse habitats support over 60 bird species, salmon, trout and beavers. The property stretches across the Grovers Creek watershed west of Miller Bay Road and is one of 5 properties sought by the Forest and Bay Project. The Sound to Olympics Trail will cross the Preserve to link the North Kitsap Heritage Park toward Port Gamble.
GPC has raised over $1.8 million dollars toward the purchase and has initiated this crowdfunding campaign to raise the last funds needed to protect this important wetland and trail connection. It will be the third success for the Forest and Bay Project. By making a donation through our crowdfunding campaign you can be part of conserving this beautiful piece of the world and the wonderful environment it supports.
We have 18 days to raise the remaining funds for this project and we need your help. Please contribute!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Update on Port Gamble Trail Closures

Reprinted from NKTA:

Update on Port Gamble Trail Closures
for Timber Thinning

There's a new map on the timber thinning up in Port Gamble and except for the area completely closed for Commercial Thinning, most trails are open on the weekends. But be careful, thinning means they are actively cutting trees to create enough room and light for the other trees to keep growing, so there may be trees down on the trails.
Keep your eye on the thinning map: 1200, Ankle Biter & Downhell are completely closed, but 1000 is now back open on the weekends.

Here's a picture of the Commercial thinning.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Poulsbo pump track gets the greenlight

Wednesday night the Poulsbo city council green lighted the Evergreen proposal for a pump track.

More details in the Kitsap Sun:

Thanks to the Brian K and all the folks in the local chapter who made this possible!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Port Gamble Trails pre-commercial and commercial thinning impact clarifications.
1. ALL RACE EVENTS have been coordinated with the land manager and race routes will be cleared before the event. The land manager has been coordinating with us and race organizers for months to assure events are not impacted.

2. No trailheads will be officially closed but as users we need to be aware of the work schedule and map of areas to stay away from. They are purposely doing this to impact the user as little as possible. If you come across a trail closed please obey that trail closure so we can respect the land owner as they have shown us great respect and courtesy.

3. There is no clear cutting. Pre-commercial thinning leaves the trees that are cut and Commercial thinning "harvests" the trees it cuts. So when you see the word "harvest" on a sign that is what they are referring to.

4. Pre-commercial thinning will most likely be done by the end of April. As the the Commercial thinning harvest proceeds we'll get a more clear completion date but if all goes well it may finish earlier than December.
Ask any questions you might have and we'll do our best to answer them. We will post more information as the process begins.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Port Gamble improvements

NKTA, County Parks and REI
team up to improve new trailhead

February: Potholes the size of lakes!
Check out the newly improved trailhead at Kitsap County's Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park along SR 104. Kitsap County Parks, NKTA volunteers and a mix of County, NKTA, and REI grant funds are all being put to good use for some loooong overdue maintenance at the trailhead parking area. The old parking area has been cleaned up, re-graded and graveled. Coming soon to trailhead near you: a new fence and a trailhead kiosk. Our new gorgeous park is starting to look gorgeous when you arrive!

Mountain bike ride park in North Kitsap.

What is a Mountain Bike Ride Park? 

NKTA has been working with Kitsap County, Kitsap Forest and Bay Partners, the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and Pope Resources to purchase land for construction of a mountain bike park near Port Gamble. The County's grant proposal for state WWRP funds was ranked highly and we hope will receive funding by the Washington legislature this June.
  • Similar to ski runs w/graded runs for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders
  • Graded and banked "flow trails"
  • A pump track w/ups & bumps for riding w/o pedaling
  • Skills obstacles like jumps and rails for riding
  • Family friendly-kids love it!