2016/17 Urban Forestry Restoration Grant
Kitsap County Parks received a grant from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry Restoration Program for the 2016/17 grant year. The grant consists of a Washington Conservation Corps crew of six that works on urban forestry restoration project for a month and is valued at $20,000. Kitsap County was awarded three months of crew time for the months of October 2016; February and May of 2017.
The WCC crew has been, and will be continuing to work on a range of projects at Port Gamble Forest, South Kitsap Regional and other parks as assigned during the month of May. Forest restoration activities that the crew will be working on including: road and trail work, noxious weed control, tree planting, road culvert maintenance, tree pruning, wetland and riparian delineation, and marking trees for restoration thinning.
Managing Laminated Root Rot In Kitsap County Parks
Laminated root rot is a serious problem and is a disease spread by root to root contact that eventually kills Douglas fir and western hemlock. Because root rot occurs naturally, the goal is to manage the rate of infestation. This can be accomplished by breaking the link between healthy and diseased Douglas fir and western hemlock.
Operational strategies include: thinning to reduce root to root contact; leaving the largest and healthiest trees standing; and under-plant root rot resistant conifers and hardwood trees.
Western red cedar, white pine, red alder and big leaf maple seedlings will be planted at a rate of 50 to 150 trees per acre. In many cases there are already western red cedar, red alder and big leaf maple saplings established in areas with the heaviest root rot and these tree species can be expected as replacements.
Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park- Potential Temporary Trail Closures through May 31Recently, Olympic Resource Management sold approximately 1354 acres to Kitsap County for long term conservation while retaining the right to harvest timber for 25 years, leading to Kitsap County’s full ownership of the Port Gamble Forest. This arrangement allows for active forest management during that time and will on occasion necessitate temporary trail closures. While we don’t know exactly when the trails will be closed, we anticipate the closures not lasting more than two weeks in total. Olympic Resource Management will be conducting pre-commercial thinning of approximately 100 acres near the junction of the G-1800 and G-1900 roads. Roads and trails inside the thinning area may be closed during the month of May. All closed roads and trails will be posted and we ask for the public’s cooperation for their safety and the safety of the contractors performing the work. Pre-commercial thinning is a technique used by forest managers to control the number and distribution of trees in a stand in order to optimize the growth of the remaining trees. Trees that are cut are left in the forest and decompose over time. If you have any questions, contact Adrian Miller at email@example.com or 360-394-0595.
The Versatile Kitsap County Fairgrounds & Events Center
Are you looking for something fun to do with your family on the weekend? Look no further. The Kitsap Fairgrounds & Events Center hosts a variety of events nearly every weekend all year long. The largest indoor event center on the Kitsap Peninsula, the Fairgrounds & Events Center is home to 39 independent events in the Kitsap Sun Pavilion and 39 events in the Presidents’ Hall each year. Events range from trade shows, banquets, and animal shows to exhibitions, day camps and athletic competitions and more. In addition to the Presidents’ Hall and Kitsap Sun Pavilion, the Fairgrounds & Events Center is home to the Thunderbird Rodeo and Kitsap Destruction Derby located at the Thunderbird Stadium and the Kitsap Pumas located at Gordon Field. Summer weekends are particularly packed with sometimes four or five events on the same weekend. CLICK HERE to check out the events calendar for upcoming events.
Are you an event planner looking for an ideal place to hold an event? The Fairgrounds is on 129 acres near Silverdale and Bremerton. It rents 3 large event buildings, 10 barns with rustic charm, 2 versatile arenas (one covered and one with stadium seating), a baseball/softball complex, soccer fields, and a disc golf course. Rental rates are very reasonable and our event team is here to provide support every step of the way. Area hotels offer discounts to event planners holding their events at the Events Center. It is estimated that in 2016, the Kitsap Fairgrounds & Events Center pulled in approximately 300,000 people for events and athletic practices and games. For more information about renting facilities to hold events at the Fairgrounds & Events Center, CLICK HERE . Call the Kitsap County Parks Office to set up a tour of the Fairgrounds Facilities or to meet with a staff person at 360-337-5350.
Office Hours: Mon - Thur: 8:30am - 5:00pmFriday: 8:30am - 2:30pm(closed on Weekends & Holidays)
Office Location: 1195 NW Fairgrounds Rd, Bremerton, WA 98311
Mailing Address: 614 Division St MS-1,Port Orchard, WA 98366
Athletic Fields Rain Line: 360.337.5350 ext 6
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Upcoming Advisory Meetings
Advisory Board Meeting June 21st at 6pm
Island Lake Community Center 1087 NW Island Lake Rd, Poulsbo
Fair & Stampede Advisory Board MeetingJune 14th at 6pm
Eagle's Nest Community Room1195 NW Fairgrounds Rd, Bremerton
Salsbury Point Park Restrooms - Closed
The Salsbury Point Park restrooms will be closed until further notice. The parks department is working on getting sanicans in place.
Hansville Greenway Trail Closures
April 10th - June 30th
Portions of the trail leading south then west from Hansville Road across from the Chatham development will be closed to trail users periodically during the timber harvest for safety. Click Here for more information.