Banner Forest: Folks Needed to Keep an Eye on the Woods

Kitsap County is forming a Banner Forest watch group to monitor Banner Forest and help implement the Banner Forest Master Plan.
The county purchased the 635-acre Banner Forest from Washington Department of Natural Resources in 2000. The 2002 master plan included recommended steps to preserve the forest’s ecosystems while accommodating recreational uses.
The county is reassessing the plan, partially in light of conflict among users earlier this year.
South Kitsap Commissioner Charlotte Garrido is seeking applications from citizens willing to work with County Park staff to assure that the forest is sustained into the future. The watch group will be made up of people interested in environmental education, flora, forestry, hiking, biking, equestrian activities, wildlife, wetlands, photography, land conservancy and recreation. The group also will include residents living in the vicinity of Banner Forest.
Obtain an application and position description from Jan Koske, Kitsap County Volunteer Services Coordinator at (360) 337-4650 or jkoske@co.kitsap.wa.us. Complete an application online at www.kitsapgov.com/volunteer/frmbrdapp.htm. Applications should be submitted by 5 p.m. Aug. 23.

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