SOME OF THE PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS WORKING TOWARDS A BETTER ENVIRONMENT IN KITSAP COUNTY AND IN THE SALISH SEA     updated 26 Sep. 2019

350 West Sound Climate Action
Working for effective climate-control legislation

 Audubon Society, Kitsap                  www.kitsapaudubon.org
The Kitsap Audubon Society has excellent speakers at its well-attended monthly meetings in Poulsbo. The Kitsap Audubon Society meets the 2nd Thursday of each month, September through May, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the lower level of the Poulsbo Library, 700 NE Lincoln Road. Open to the public. Free parking.
For information about upcoming programs, go to www.kitsapaudbon.org and click on the most recent edition of The Kingfisher, which is the monthly newsletter.

Bainbridge Alliance for Puget Sound

Brennan, James MS MSc
James Brennan is a marine biologist with extensive experience in the Salish Seas. He provides talks on the Salish Sea and its environment.   Bainbridge Island, WA

Clear Creek Task Force (Silverdale)           www.clearcreektrail.org
ph: 360-895-1708, clearcreektrail@yahoo.com

Coalition to Protect Puget Sound Habitat http://coalitiontoprotectpugetsoundhabitat.org/ (accessed Feb. 2017)
“Our mission is to voice citizens’ concerns of aquaculture, its impact to the health and quality of Puget Sound and coastal waters and to effect changes to policies, regulations, and their enforcement to protect shoreline habitat.”

Dunagan, Christopher. Environmental Writer
Christopher Dunagan is perhaps the most experienced environmental reporter in the Puget Sound region. He’s been reporting on the Salish Sea for decades, and he publishes a blog call “Watching Our Waterways” <http://pugetsoundblogs.com/waterways>.  He retired from the Kitsap Sun in Oct.2014, but he remains active as a freelancer who also makes regular contribution to the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound. His blog mailing address is Kitsap Sun, 545 5th Street, Bremerton, WA 98337 (Feb. 2017)

Earth Ministry https://earthministry.org/

Encyclopedia of the Puget Sound         https://www.eopugetsound.org/
Everything about the environment of the Puget Sound is here.

Enl!ghten Kitsap                               http://www.enlightenkitsap.org
Enl!ghten Kitsap hosts educational sessions for the community. Some of those sessions are conservation/environment-related.

Friends of Miller Bay (Suquamish)

Friends of Port Gamble Bay

Great Peninsula Conservancy
   www.greatpeninsula.orginfo@greatpenisula.org
ph: 360-373-3500 or 1-866-373-3504. 423 Pacific Ave., Suite 401, Bremerton, WA98337
The Great Peninsula Conservancy has conserved thousands of  acres of natural land in the West Sound. A major project of GPC, which was completed in Dec. 2017, was preserving 500 acres of shoreline and thousands of acres of forestland in North Kitsap (the Kitsap Forest and Bay Community Campaign). To do this, GPC (and its Washington State equivalent--Forterra) and Pope Resources worked with hundreds of organizations and individuals (environmental, trail, mountain bike, birdwatchers, kayakers, tribes, businesses, administrators, legislators) over a ten-year period to set aside this land. What a tremendous conservation success.

Hansville Greenway Association                  www.hansville.org

Hood Canal Coalition                       http://www.hoodcanalcoalition.org/

Hood Canal Coordinating Council            http://hccc.wa.gov/
“The Hood Canal Coordinating Council (HCCC) works in partnership with its member counties and tribes, state and federal governments, organizations, and citizens to advance a shared regional vision to recover and protect Hood Canal’s environmental and economic health and wellbeing.” (Feb. 2017)

Hood Canal Environmental Council http://hoodcanalenvironmentalcouncil.org/
“The Hood Canal Environmental Council is an organization of people who cherish Hood Canal as a unique spot in Puget Sound with its unusual marine, mountain, and forest scenery, its many relatively pristine watersheds and its clean marine water.”
     Note: The HCEC publishes an excellent quarterly newsletter.

Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group             www.hcseg.org
Includes habitat restoration projects, education & outreach , volunteer opportunities.  office 600 NE Roessel Road, Belfair.  275-9722. The Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group runs the Citizens Action Training School (CATS).  360-275-3575

Illahee Forest Preserve

IslandWood               https://islandwood.org
4450 Blakely Ave., NE, Bainbridge Island 98110
206.855.4300, info@islandwood.org

Kitsap County Department of Community Development

Liberty Bay Foundation (Poulsbo)

North Kitsap Trails Association      www.northkitsaptrails.org
info@northkitsaptrails.org. Other POCs: North Kitsap String of Pearls:  www.northkitsapstringofpearls.com
 
Olympic College, Dept. of Environmental Studies

Salish Magazine edited by long-time photographer of the Salish Sea, John Williams (updated Oct. 2019)
https://salishmagazine.org

Sea Discovery Center, Poulsbo (entry updated Nov 2018)
Western Washington University’s SEA Discovery Center in Poulsbo is free and open to the public. It hosts many marine-education events and lectures.
SEA Discovery Center, 18743 Front Street NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370                 wwu.edu/SEA

Stillwaters Environmental Education Center
26059 Barber Cut Off Road, Kingston, WA 98346
email: info@stillwatersenvironmentalcenter.org website: www.StillwatersEnviromental Center.org
ph: 360-297-1226

Washington State University Extension, Kitsap County Extension (entry updated Nov 2018)
(Beach Naturalists, Stream Stewards, Salmon Docents, Master Gardeners, Native Plants, and others)

http://kitsap.wsu.edu. 360-337-7224. 345 6th Street, Suite 550, Bremerton, WA 98377-1874.

WSU Kitsap Extension has many well-run educational events that are open to the public. Many Kitsap residents volunteer their time to the community through such programs as those listed above.

Within the Kitsap Watershed Stewardship Program <http://ext100.wsu.edu/kitsap/nrs/water-stewards/> are the many volunteers of the Beach Naturalists, Stream Stewards, and Salmon Docents groups. These volunteers conduct Beach Walks for the public, perform Green Crab monitoring and Starfish monitoring, host instructional booths at Kitsap Salmon Tours, and participate in other watershed-related activities.
Per the “2018 Who’s Who & What’s What” handout of the WSU Extension Kitsap County Watershed Stewardship Program:
“The Kitsap Watershed Stewardship Program is a collaborative effort between WSU Kitsap Extension, Washington Sea Grant, and Kitsap County Public Works. Through this partnership, we bring you affordable classes that take you outside to explore our region’s natural wonders and our relationships with them. Classes are open to the public, taught by local and regional experts, and cover a variety of topics. Contact us today and begin your adventure in learning all about the beauty and value of our land and streams, shorelines and sea life, native plants, and salmon. There are three programs to choose from: Beach Naturalists, Stream Stewards, and Salmon Docents. . . .
“During the training and field sessions you’ll have the opportunity to connect with experts and other local people who share your interests. We also provide opportunities for continuing education and involvement in volunteer activities around the county, including tree planting, streamside restoration, stream sampling, and teaching others at events like Salmon in the Classroom.”

Note: In 2018, Washington State University Kitsap Extension, University of Washington Sea Grant, and Western Washington University partnered their resources to provide marine-environment-related education, much of which occurs at Western Washington University’s SEA Discovery Center in Poulsbo.     

West Sound Conservation Council              westsoundconservationcouncil.org

West Sound Partners for Ecosystem Recovery
As per their flyer (received Oct. 2019): “The West Sound Partners for Ecosystem Recovery brings together citizens and organizations that form a collaborative backbone to promote Puget Sound ecosystem health and salmon recovery, Partners include Native American Tribes, cities, counties, local non-profits, fisheries enhancement groups, conservation districts, businesses, community groups, and citizens.”
    for more information, go to westsoundwatersheds.org or contact Kirvie Meselbeluu-Yobech (360) 337-7014 or kyobech@co.kitsap.wa.us  (updated Oct 2019)

West Sound Watersheds Council
- web page www.westsoundwatersheds.org (excellent education site),
- www.kitsapgov.com/dcd