Banner Forest plan calls for fewer trails and use restrictionsMarch 31st, 2014 by tristan baurick
The 635-acre county park in South Kitsap could have fewer trails and more restrictions. Higher-impact uses, such as mountain biking and horseback riding, may be limited to certain designated trails, according to a draft plan I obtained through a public records request.
You can read the full draft below.
The changes are aimed at protecting habitat, including a 139-acre conservancy inside the park.
The plan recommends decommissioning trails in the conservancy and near wetlands.
Many trails could also be renamed. “Wormhole,” “Pulverisor,” “TunnelVision” and other names likely dreamed up by mountain bikers could give way to names that “reflect the park’s Northwest locality and origins,” according to the plan.
The plan has been tinkered with for years. An earlier version was crafted by volunteers appointed by County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido. It was was scheduled for adoption in late 2012 but appears to have lost traction. The plan was recently re-worked by an editor Garrido hired but declined to name. This most recent draft was finished and delivered to park officials on March 5.
Parks Director Jim Dunwiddie said he did not play a role in developing the draft and is unaware of a schedule for its adoption.
PHOTO: A mountain biker passes members of the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance during a Banner Forest trail maintenance work party in November. Tristan Baurick/Kitsap Sun