Heritage Park triples in size thanks to Kitsap Forest and Bay

Port Gamble is now home to Kitsap County’s largest park.

The Port Gamble Heritage park will grow to nearly 2,000 acres under a recent land acquisition facilitated by Forterra as part of the Kitsap Forest and Bay project.

The new 1,300 acre section of the park will vastly expand the existing network of trails through timber land formerly owned by Pope Resources.

A 2015 VISION 2040 Award winner, the  Kitsap Forest and Bay project is a coalition working together to preserve up to 6,700 acres of forest, wetlands and shoreline surrounding Port Gamble Bay in north Kitsap County.

The effort began with the existing 535-acre portion of the Port Gamble Heritage Park and has included an expansion of North Kitsap Heritage Park by nearly 340 acres, 234 acres in Poulsbo and Bangor and 1,000 acres in south Kitsap. Only $3.5 million is needed to purchase the final 1,600 acres of the full plan.