You may have spoken to Kim Greenwood and Alia Pirzada this past summer at the PGFHP trailheads doing a survey about your park use and awareness of the future logging of park acreage.
Volunteers on the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park stewardship committee were curious about who was coming to the park. More specifically:
- How often folks visited
- What activities people engaged in
- Where people resided
- If visitors were aware of the 25-year harvest
- The likelihood a visitor would donate to a save the trees campaign
What We Found
143 people took the survey on 3 days (June 19, 20 and 26, 2020), during a week of beautiful summertime weather. 59% of respondents were surveyed at the main trailhead on Hwy 104, 29% at Stottlemeyer and 12% at the Port Gamble Road entrance.
Although the trailheads sometimes look dominated by mountain bikers, it turns out most people (57%) come to the park to walk and run. Mountain bikers made up 32% of the park users surveyed. Most users (62%) come to the park on a regular basis.
70% of the visitors surveyed live in Kitsap County, while 14% reside in King County. Other visitors came from Jefferson, Clallam, Pierce, Skagit, Klickitat, Snohomish, Spokane and Whatcom counties. Six visitors from out of state were surveyed.
Surprisingly, 43% of Kitsap residents were not aware of the 25-year harvest despite public outreach during park development.
Now Let’s Save the Trees
Our Forest Fund seeks donations to buy the timber rights so that the trees in this public park are not commercially logged.
Our Forest Fund needs your financial help to buy the timber rights. If you support this endeavor and have the financial resources to do so, please make a tax deductible donation to Our Forest Fund by clicking on the red tab below.
The trees and wildlife in our park thank you!