Several months ago I wrote about NKTA's desire to find new board members. Two people have volunteered - Debbie Weinmann and Sandee Watson.
Sandee Watson joined the NKTA Board in October. She is a Washington native and has lived in Indianola for more than 20 years. As a regular user of the Heritage Park and Port Gamble trail systems, Sandee joined the board to contribute to its work toward preserving, growing and improving the community trail systems so they can be enjoyed by runners, hikers, birders, equestrians and cyclists for generations to come. Outside of NKTA Sandee works in Poulsbo as a professional liability insurance broker for architects and engineers.
A lot of trail maintenance and construction was done at North Kitsap Parks this year by NKTA and partner organizations. Grants by REI provided funds for much of the work.
In July the Evergreen Mountain Biking Alliance (EMBA), Great Peninsula Conservancy (GPC) and NKTA cleared brush, etc. from the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park's (PGFHP) Beaver Pond Trail and rerouted a portion of it to decrease the trails impact on beaver activity. The old route has been maintained for a while to serve as a pet free wildlife viewing area.
When Kitsap County purchased its Heritage Parks they had been planted in Douglas fir for use as lumber. The trees were spaced close together to ensure sufficient survival. The timber company would later thin the trees for optimum harvest. While the County isn't concerned with optimizing the timber that can be obtained, it does need to provide room and light under the trees in order to benefit wildlife and to provide room for native plants and trees to grow and create a more natural forest. The process of doing so is called "restorative thinning" and you may have seen this happening in the Heritage Parks.