Banner Forest Heritage Park

Banner Road SE and SE Overra Road, Port Orchard, WA 98367

Size: 636 Acres

Region: South District

Features:  Walking trails and equestrian trails

Park Rules & FAQs - This park is a pack it in and pack it out type park
 

 

Bears Among Us
Please use caution when entering the park. There have been multiple reports bears within Banner Forest. For more information please see www.BeBearAware.org.

Stewardship Group
The park is maintained by a dedicated group of volunteer stewards. Meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of each month at the Long Lake Community Room - 5100 Long Lake Road SE, Port Orchard.

2017 Stewardship Group Meeting Minutes
January 2017  |  April 2017  |  May 2017  |  June 2017


Summary of the Conservation Easement
on 139 Acres within Banner Forest
Granted in December 2000. For map and other details see Appendices A &B of the Banner Forest Master Plan. For a copy of the complete easement document please contact the easement holder, Great Peninsula Conservancy (GPC), at info@greatpeninsula.org or 360-373-3500.

Purpose
Because of its value as wildlife habitat and its perceived importance to the public as an educational, scenic and open space area, Kitsap County declared its intention to preserve the site forever in its present use. To that end, the County conveyed to Great Peninsula Conservancy the right to preserve and protect these 139 acres. - Great Peninsula Conservancy Great Peninsula Conservancy is a publicly supported, tax exempt nonprofit organization whose primary purpose is the conservation, preservation and enhancement of the waters, wetlands, aquatic and wildlife habitat, timberlands, scenic areas, open spaces, recreational lands and agricultural lands in Kitsap County and parts of Mason and Pierce Counties.
Responsibilities of Great Peninsula Conservancy
By the terms of the conservation easement, Great Peninsula Conservancy is charged with retaining the 139 acres forever in its natural and open space condition and with preventing uses which would impair or interfere with the conservation values of the site. Because of the seasonal fragility of the easement site, the Conservancy has determined uses there may be more restricted than in other parts of Banner Forest. It remains the Conservancy's intent, however, to permit uses which don't compromise the site's conservation values.
Section 2.3 of the Conservation Easement for Banner Forest Wetlands details uses prohibited on the site. They include but are not limited to: subdivision and development, commercial or industrial use, commercial logging, construction of sports fields, operation of recreational motor vehicles, walking dogs off leash and riding bicycles and horses except on trails designated by Great Peninsula Conservancy.

Responsibilities of Great Peninsula Conservancy
By the terms of the conservation easement, Great Peninsula Conservancy is charged with retaining the 139 acres forever in its natural and open space condition and with preventing uses which would impair or interfere with the conservation values of the site. Because of the seasonal fragility of the easement site, the Conservancy has determined uses there may be more restricted than in other parts of Banner Forest. It remains the Conservancy's intent, however, to permit uses which don't compromise the site's conservation values.
Section 2.3 of the Conservation Easement for Banner Forest Wetlands details uses prohibited on the site. They include but are not limited to: subdivision and development, commercial or industrial use, commercial logging, construction of sports fields, operation of recreational motor vehicles, walking dogs off leash and riding bicycles and horses except on trails designated by Great Peninsula Conservancy.

Wetland Analysis Report, Nov. 2010
The wetlands delineated and categorized for this report are located on the 139 acre portion of Banner Forest Heritage Park managed by the Great Peninsula Conservancy (GPC) and the area on the Kitsap County-managed part between the Lizard King and Worm Hole Trails. The delineation identified the boundaries of each wetland and determine what impacts have occurred as a result of trail usage in and near the wetland areas. To view the report, click here
 

Directions:
Take Sedgwick Road to Banner Road and go south on Banner Road to the intersection of Banner and Overra Road. The property will be to your right just past the intersection.