Timber harvesting is underway in Kitsap County’s Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park and will continue through June, depending on weather conditions and operational constraints.
According to the Kitsap County Parks Department, Rayonier will conduct the harvesting and related activities inside park boundaries. Rayonier maintains timber harvesting rights for portions of Heritage Park through 2042, which was integral to the county purchasing the property.
Parks officials say they are aware of the impact timber harvesting has on recreational activities and will provide updates as they become available. Signage is posted at trail and road entrances along the haul route. Trails within or near timber harvesting are closed and off-limits to the public to ensure the safe operation of the equipment and for the safety of park and trail users.
Hauling trucks will enter and exit from the Bay View parking lot and trailhead on the west side of Highway 104. The parking lot and trailhead will remain open to the public, but caution is required when hauling trucks are using roadways. The county advises to not park in front of or block the access gate.
Visitors are asked to avoid all timber harvest operations.