Plant Salvage Report

On March 25, 15 volunteers organized by Our Forest Fund’s Kim Greenwood met up at the Stottlemeyer trailhead of the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park.  They dug up approximately 400 sword ferns and other understory plants from a section of forest which is to be cleared this summer for expanded parking.

Kim and Wayne with a truckload of ferns
Kim and Chuck with a truckload of ferns.

These plants were ferried up to a thinned area of the forest in the Ride Park and transplanted there, to help jumpstart the understory and provide better habitat for wildlife.

We wish to thank all the volunteers from the US Navy, WSU Extension Stream Stewards, North Kitsap Trails Association, WWU and others for their cheerful efforts in making this a very successful event. Great work, everybody!

Salvage volunteers pulling ferns in the PGFHP
Salvage volunteers pulling ferns in the PGFHP in order to replant them in another part of the park.
Aaron Bartleson and Kim Greenwood
Aaron Bartleson, Natural Resources coordinator with Kitsap County Parks and Kim Greenwood, co-chair of Our Forest Fund were very pleased with the success of the salvage work party.

Our Forest Fund will be organizing other understory plant salvages later in the fall when the weather is moist and cool. If you would like to be on our list of volunteers for this and other restoration work, please email us at

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