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Date: November 13, 2015
Contact: Lori Raymaker, Stewardship Coordinato
360.337.5372 or lraymaker@co.kitsap.wa.us
No: 2015-123

Newberry Hill Heritage Park stewardship group receives Hood Canal Environmental Achievement Award

(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County Parks’ Newberry Hill Heritage Park stewardship group was honored with the Hood Canal Coordinating Council’s 2015 Hood Canal Environmental Achievement Award. The award was presented this month to Tom Coleman, stewardship group chairperson, for the group’s success in fostering “the spirit of cooperation and collaboration towards achieving a healthy Hood Canal.”

The Newberry Hill Heritage Park stewardship group has excelled in the enhancement and protection of the headwaters of Little Anderson Creek through its partnerships with Starbucks, REI, Kitsap County Parks, the Suquamish Tribe, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group.

“Tom Coleman recently took me on a hike through the park and I was very impressed with his dedication and passion,” said Kitsap County Commissioner Ed Wolfe. “The stewardship group’s energy and ability to balance habitat protection with the recreational uses of the park is exemplary and this recognition is well-deserved.”

Current projects for the group include building a sustainable bridge over the headwaters of Little Anderson creek where beavers have flooded a trail, and replacing culverts to open up spawning and rearing habitat for salmonids throughout the park.

The mission of the Kitsap County Parks Department is to provide quality of life enhancing opportunities through the management of natural areas and specialized facilities, foster community stewardship, and offer an outstanding service-oriented environment. For more information about the Newberry Hill Heritage Park stewardship group, contact Lori Raymaker, Park Stewardship Coordinator, at 360,337.5372 or lraymaker@co.kitsap.wa.us.
For additional information about Kitsap County Parks Department, visit www.kitsapgov.com/parks.
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November 13, 2015