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An osoberry bud just breaking at Filucy Bay Preserve.


February News
Planting for a resilient future 

The spring equinox may still be over a month away, but we're starting to see the signs of nature waking up around us! Buds breaking open reveal the well laid plans and preparation of our local plants. Here at GPC, we can relate as we are working away in earnest, preparing for a fruitful year!


GPC’s Legacy Society Challenge activates a $1,000 match with each new pledge. Visit our website or contact Development Manager Katherine Tacke at or (360) 373-3500 to learn more. We're grateful to have Byron and Sara Kane as members of the Legacy Society — read more about them in the GPC blog below.

“Being able to join the Legacy Society is a wonderful way to continue our support of GPC after we are gone and is so easy to do. We hope others who feel as we do and want the conservation of our green spaces to continue well into the future will consider joining the Legacy Society.”  —Byron & Sara 





Seven Projects and 300 Acres in 2023!

A section of river protected by the new Tahuya River Preserve!

GPC's plans for 2024 hinge on previous accomplishments  and thanks to you, 2023 was a resounding success! With tremendous community support and partnerships, GPC protected over 300 acres in 2023! Read more about it on the blog below.




Washington Conservation Corps members and GPC staff planting trees.

The stewardship team has a lot of ground to cover and thanks to dedicated volunteers and partnerships, they're doing fantastic work caring for our conservation lands across the region. 

On the Key Peninsula: A week in the rain might not sound glamorous, but it can be the foundation for a healthier ecosystem! Read about recent restoration working at GPC's Filucy Bay Preserve on the GPC blog below. 

GPC volunteers and staff after a wet but successful day clearing invasives at Klingel. 

In Mason County: GPC volunteers and staff visited Klingel-Bryan-Beard Wildlife Refuge to remove invasive blackberry and scotch broom that were outcompeting the trees planted in 2022. Despite the atmospheric river, they saved dozens of baby Douglas fir and shore pine trees from being overwhelmed by blackberries!

GPC volunteers getting ready to plant a future forest at Martha John Creek!

In North Kitsap: In partnership with the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, the stewardship team hosted volunteers to help plant hundreds of bareroot trees in ongoing restoration work on the Martha John Creek Preserve. These will be part of a project there to determine if restoration plantings in mulch dramatically increase plant survival. Stay tuned for more updates later this year! 




Join us on Saturday, February 17th from 10am-12pm, as we learn about the many winter residents of our region and the strategies they use to survive and flourish! We will be exploring the diverse pockets of Klingel, considering some of the research taking place in and around Lynch Cove, and taking a short trip to neighboring Theler Wetlands Nature Preserve. 

When: Saturday, Feb 17th from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Where: Klingel-Bryan-Beard Wildlife Preserve


Join Great Peninsula Conservancy for our brand new stewardship work party series: “Coarse Woody Debris Countdown!” Come out on February 24th to contribute to one of GPC’s most ambitious restoration projects, learn about habitat restoration in young forests, and spend a Saturday moving logs with some neat folks!  

(Can’t make it to the work party this month but still interested? No worries! We have the same event planned for March and April so stay tuned!) 

When: Saturday, February 24th, from 10:00am-12:30pm   

Where: Grovers Creek Preserve in Indianola, WA 

Questions? Email Ashlyn at 


Want to volunteer for an amazing community education program this spring? Look no further than Salmon in the Classroom! This long standing collaborative program is always looking for volunteers to support students in learning about salmon life cycles, stream ecosystems, and the health of our local waterways. Learn more and sign up to volunteer on the GPC website.


Join this free interactive workshop to help you think about maximizing your legacy to family, friends, and critical causes. GPC Executive Director Nate Daniel will be there as part of a panel discussing estate planning.

When: February 18, 2023, 4:00-6:00PM
Where: Sehmel Park Pavillion, 10123 78th Ave NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332


Stillwaters Online Book Sale

Want to support GPC and get some sweet used books? Stillwaters Environmental Center had a long-running online book sale that, thanks to dedicated volunteers, has continued through the transition to GPC. Check out their ABE Books online store below. We are also always after book donations, email for details.


Community Opportunities


50th Anniversary of the Boldt Decision

February 2024 marks the 50th year anniversary of the Boldt Decision, which reaffirmed the rights of Northwest Treaty Tribes to harvest and manage salmon across Washington.

GPC is proud of our partnerships with tribes within our working region and wanted to highlight this important day in history. Our staff gained a deeper understanding of this history from a training developed by The Whitener Group (TWG), a tribal member-owned consulting firm, and the Nature Conservancy. We highly recommend taking this training, even if you aren't a conservation professional. 


Senior Resource Faire at Kitsap Regional Libraries Silverdale

Are you a senior looking for opportunities to volunteer in your community? Or want to connect to health and financial services? Look no further than the free Senior Resource Faire at Silverdale Library Saturday, Feb. 10, 10:00am-12:00pm. 


Kitsap County Earth Day Awards  

Each year, Kitsap County Public Works and the Board of County Commissioners recognize groups and individuals for their dedication to environmental stewardship. Please consider nominating a local organization or individual at the link below!


January Memorial Gifts

Anonymous, Josie Eisenhart, Thomas Hansen, Colleen Stark, and Ellen Wildman in memory of Tanya Shawcroft
Kelin Kuhn in memory of John Kuhn
Melissa and Larry Moss in memory of Casper "Cap" Lane


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