Due to extremely dry conditions and elevated fire danger, Pope Resources has asked for, and Kitsap County has announced the temporary closure of the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park. We regret the inconvenience to those who enjoy the park and trails; however, the exceptionally dry weather conditions make for extreme fire danger. Pope Resources has been, and remains highly concerned about the risk of wildfires. On July 28th the company announced a temporary closure of public access to all Pope-owned lands in Washington, Oregon and California. Since then the fire hazard has continued to escalate. Effective August 13th Pope Resources requested Kitsap County temporarily close the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park for public access until the fire risk subsides.
Kitsap County and Pope Resources have agreed to allow temporary fire hazard closures within the Port Gamble park as part of the unique public/private partnership that allowed Kitsap County to afford the acquisition of nearly 3,500 acres of park land. For most of the park, Kitsap County owns the land but Pope Resources retains ownership of the timber for one additional harvest (and replanting) over the next 25 years. After 25 years, Kitsap County will own both the land and the trees, forever. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation to ensure the safety of the forest, our neighbors and our community.
Pope Resources, ORM, OPG