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May News


Filucy Bay Expansion


GPC is excited to announce that the Filucy Bay Preserve expanded to 116 acres! Thanks to the support and generosity of the landowners, and funding from RCO's Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program, GPC purchased 8 additional acres on the northwest side of the bay. The continued adjacent growth of this preserve helps protect more vital salmon habitat on this Key Peninsula tidal estuary!


Welcome, Julie!

As Conservation Project Manager, Julie Steigerwaldt will be carrying out GPC’s initiatives involving land and conservation easement acquisitions. Prior to this role, she drafted and facilitated habitat conservation agreements affecting West Coast forestland under the Endangered Species Act. As general counsel for a forestry and real estate consulting firm, she was involved in many aspects of real estate transactions and forestland conservation efforts. Julie has a background in editing and publishing and has produced numerous nonfiction books. She earned her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Wisconsin.


We are so thankful to everyone in the community who joined the Great Give! GPC had another record breaking year, with 136 donations totaling $24,255, which was then matched by a generous leadership donor. Contributions to the Great Give support the general fund to advance GPC's conservation mission. Thank you!


May Events


Sehmel Homestead Park Walk & Talk!

Nature Journaling with Micaela Petrini

Join us on Saturday, May 21st from 10-12pm to think about the art of nature journaling with GPC Stewardship Associate Micaela Petrini. With nearly a decade of experience in environmental education, Micaela has lead nature-based journaling programs for hundreds of learners.

Together, the group will explore the unique micro-habitats that make up the beautiful 98-acre Sehmel Homestead Park, 75 acres of which is protected under a conservation easement held by Great Peninsula Conservancy.  


Stewardship Events
Volunteers Needed!


Klingel-Bryan-Beard Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, May 14th, 9am - 12pm

Thanks to your help, we got over 5,000 native trees and shrubs planted in this preserve! Now it's time to go back and make sure that they stay healthy and strong in their first year. GPC staff and volunteers will be mulching the plants and removing any invasives that are getting too close for comfort.


Habitat Piles in Burley, location details shared after signing up.
Friday, May 20th, 10am - 12:30pm

Here’s an opportunity to get outside, get active, and have a huge impact on the health of our local forests. We’re building habitat piles in Burley – sign up below if you can help!


On the Blog


Misery Point Preserve Ribbon Cutting


Taking a "Lichen" to Moss & Lichens


Earth Day: Free the Tree!

GPC celebrated Earth Day in April by kicking off the restoration at the Hansville Greenway Expansion! This property is in need of a lot of TLC to get it back to being a healthy forest — and we're prepared to get it there!

We started with a push to free some trees. The new forest has already started to grow — but a lot of those trees are swamped by blackberry and Scotch broom. A group of GPC/Hansville Greenway volunteers spent their morning cutting away at those vines and giving some trees a chance to grow big and tall.

Volunteers freed 57 trees, thank you!


Community Corner


Save the date for GPC's annual Conservation Celebration on Friday, August 19th at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. Want to promote your business or purchase a sponsorship on behalf of your favorite community organization? Let us know! Email Community Engagement Manager, Claire Voris at


Washington Association of Land Trusts - Executive Director position

The Washington Association of Land Trusts is hiring a new Executive Director! This is an incredible opportunity to lead the statewide association of over 30 land trusts - a growing organization with a bold vision and a strong track record in delivering legislative victories, developing innovative new programs, and driving a culture of learning and growth.


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