In this changing climate, the planet needs forests as never before. Now more than ever, we need to save every tree we can. Your gift will make a lasting difference to our environment, to wildlife, to the very air we breathe. The trees you save now will improve the planet for generations to come.
Our Forest Fund is a designated fund under Kitsap Community Foundation (KCF), a 501(3)(c) organization, EIN 94-3205217. This ensures that all donations processing and accounting are properly handled. All contributions will be held and managed by KCF and your tax receipt will be issued by them.
Your contributions to Our Forest Fund are tax-deductible and go solely to the goals in our mission statement.
Your contributions to Our Forest Fund are tax-deductible and go solely to the goals in our mission statement:
“To save trees from clearcut type of harvest by acquiring timber rights, forested land, conservation easements and/or other forested assets by purchase or other means of acquisition.”
Once acquired, the rights will be conveyed to a legal entity that will agree to:
- never exercise the timber rights (except for thinning for forest health purposes), and to
- hold & preserve the trees or forested land for the public’s use in perpetuity. The fund may only make such a conveyance to the Kitsap County Parks or to a 501(c)(3) entity.
Our Forest Fund also has a priority system that dictates where it may purchase timber rights, forested land, conservation easements and/or other forested assets.
- Our first project is to purchase timber rights for trees in the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park (“PGFHP”).
- If we are unable to purchase any PGFHP timber rights, or if the Fund has monies leftover to spend, then our secondary goal is to preserve forests and forested land elsewhere in Kitsap County, and next, to do the same with similar forests anywhere in Washington State.
Our minimum goal is $500,000, as stipulated by the Option Agreement agreed upon by Pope (Rayonier) and Kitsap County. To save all the available trees remaining in the park, it could cost up to $5,000,000, depending on the timber value assessment and market.
Please click on the red tab at the bottom of the screen to go directly to our fundraising page at Kitsap Community Foundation. If you would like more information or have ideas about how we can succeed in raising the funds to accomplish these goals, please contact us.