Forest Management Plans at Grovers Creek Preserve
Over the next few weeks, you might observe folks with orange field vests traipsing through the forestlands along Miller Bay Road in North Kitsap. These brave souls are combatting dense vegetation, stinging nettles, and prickly blackberry vines with the goal of marking the perimeters of two treatment areas within Great Peninsula Conservancy’s Grovers Creek Preserve. The treatments include thinning and opening gaps in the overstocked forest canopy. Guided by ecological forestry principles, we will employ low-impact procedures to improve forest diversity and climate resiliency.
Learn more about thinning, patch cutting, and girdling in our StoryMap. Or join us at one of the upcoming community events on Saturday, October 22nd at Grovers Creek Preserve or Monday, November 7th at the Kingston Library.
With funding from the Conservation Stewardship Program through the USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service, GPC's stewardship team completed restoration work on 70 acres across six preserves. Thanks to dozens of volunteers, they created hundreds of snags, habitat piles, and constructed logs to benefit wildlife.
Earlier this month, the stewardship team was out on Key Peninsula to remove garbage from Rocky Creek Preserve, which protects vital salmon spawning habitat. Our community pitched in to remove one ton of trash and 50 tires from the steep creek drainage. We've got a lot more work to do out there, but the salmon have a bit more breathing room. Special thanks to Greater Gig Harbor Foundation's EnviroCorps volunteers!
10/15 Orca Recovery Day
This Saturday join Great Peninsula Conservancy and Mason Conservation District in taking action for Puget Sound Orca Recovery Day! Staff will work with volunteers to remove invasive blackberry and scotch broom along the estuary shoreline at the Klingel-Bryan-Beard Wildlife Refuge.
10/15 Birding Tour
Join us on Saturday morning to celebrate the restoration of an incredible saltwater marsh and the annual migration of shorebirds that find safe harbor there. This event will be led by GPC's Stewardship Manager Adrian Wolf at GPC's Klingel-Bryan-Beard Wildlife Refuge prior to the Orca Recovery Day events. Event is limited to 15 attendees.
10/22 Ecological Forestry
Saturday, October 22nd, join GPC staff with Lead Forester Jaal Mann of Northwest Natural Resource Group to discuss the role of thinning and patch cuts to support climate resilient forests at Grovers Creek Preserve. Event is limited to 30 attendees.
11/5 Kitsap Salmon Tours
Watch the salmon run at the annual Kitsap Salmon Tours on Saturday, November 5th! You will find GPC staff at the Clear Creek Trail Ridgetop Pavilion, along with salmon docents and volunteers to answer all of your salmon-related questions. No registration required.
11/7 Climate Resilient Forests
On Monday, November 7th join us at the Kitsap Regional Library in Kingston to hear a presentation from GPC Stewardship Manager Adrian Wolf. Learn about the “ins-and-outs” of GPC’s forest management strategies in North Kitsap as we work toward healthier, more biodiverse, and more climate resilient forests! No registration required.
View the full calendar of events on the website.
Interested in getting involved in local outdoor education? GPC’s fall Land Labs lessons are coming up this November, and we are looking for volunteers!
If you would like to join GPC staff and other volunteers at a Land Labs field experience, just sign up for the volunteer training happening Friday, October 21st from 1-4pm.
This 3-hour training will give you all the skills and knowledge you need to support educators at a Land Labs lesson. We look forward to getting outside and teaching with you!
Open Positions at GPC!
AmeriCorps VISTA 2022/2023
Start your career in conservation! Great Peninsula Conservancy has opened rolling recruitment for three AmeriCorps positions. Learn more about our Education Coordinator, Development Coordinator, and Community Stewardship Coordinator VISTA positions on our careers page. Our next VISTA member orientation starts on November 7th! Don't delay, apply today!
Art for Conservation
Local artist and GPC member Michelle Amicucci has generously donated hundreds of cards inspired by our local lands — her paintings capture the birds, bluffs, and shorelines of the peninsula. Now before the end of the year, each of your donations made to Great Peninsula Conservancy will receive a special card in thanks.
At the end of September, GPC staff headed north to tour Jefferson Land Trust's Valley View Forest in Chimacum before stopping at Finnriver Farm to connect over our love of forests and cider. Earlier in the month we hosted a WALT (WA Assoc. of Land Trusts) regional conference in Seabeck with six of our land trust neighbors. Opportunities to connect with our colleagues in conservation help provide insights and anecdotes to strengthen our shared missions!