BELLEVUE - The current and former owners of historic Port
Gamble in Kitsap
County are receiving the state's highest environmental award for their
work in cleaning up contamination throughout the town.
Pope & Talbot and Pope Resources will receive Environmental Excellence
Awards from the Department of Ecology (Ecology) during a meeting of the
Kitsap County commission on Monday, Jan. 31. The meeting begins at 10
at the Kitsap County Courthouse, 614 Division St., in Port Orchard.
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- Pope Resources Announces Agreement on Port Gamble Clean-Up March 22, 2013 EON [Enhanced Online News]
POULSBO, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- "Pope Resources (NASDAQ:POPE), together with the State of Washington’s Department of Ecology (Ecology), announced that the two parties have agreed on the scope for the final portion of the environmental clean-up effort in and around Port Gamble Bay, a process that began in 2002.
Pope Resources and Ecology will sign a consent decree, which is a legally binding agreement that will lay out how the remaining clean-up of contaminated in-water sediments will be designed and carried out."
Ecology-Port Gamble deal appears to be in trouble Kitsap Sun, Feb 12,2013.
By Christopher Dunagan
"Negotiations over the cleanup of Port Gamble Bay have broken down,...
Washington Department of Ecology had worked out extensive plans with Pope Resources to clean up polluted sediments in the bay and to purchase and restore habitat along the shore, according to Tim Nord of the agency. But Ecology could not accommodate the company’s insistence that two large docks over the cleanup area be left in place.
“You have to do a complete cleanup,” ... the proposed dredging could not be accomplished with the docks in the way.Company officials ... would prefer a single new dock outside the bay where the former sawmill once stood. That dock is integral to company plans for renovating the town of Port Gamble, with increased opportunities for tourism and new businesses, ...
“We have agreed to take those two docks out once we get approval for a replacement dock,” Rose said. "
Kitsap County debates how to approach Port Gamble shoreline rules
By Christopher Dunagan, Kitsap Sun, Nov 29, 2012
The county's planning commission had included special allowances for the redevelopment of Port Gamble, with the understanding that the project would undergo extensive review during approval of a master plan for the townsite. Development plans have not yet been submitted by the owner, Olympic Property Group.
Land conservancies raising money to buy 7,000 acres of North Kitsap forest from Pope Resources
Published Wednesday, August 31, 2011, Seattle PI Online.
"If successful, the purchase would preserve from development the land and two miles of waterfront on the west side of Port Gamble Bay, keep it available for public access, and free Pope Resources' Olympic Property Group to concentrate on making Port Gamble a more viable year-round destination.
Olympic Property Group president Jon Rose said he expects the agreement with Cascade Land Conservancy and Great Peninsula Conservancy to be signed within two weeks. He would not disclose the purchase price..."
Public explanation, education begins for Port Gamble Bay clean up
By Brynn Grimley;
Kitsap Sun; Posted March 9, 2011
Port Gamble cleanup wins Ecology honors
[Washington State Department of Ecology : Ecology News
- Jan. 26, 2005]
Clams and oysters in Port Gamble Bay are ruled safe to eat.
By Christopher Dunagan,
Kitsap Sun May 1999
Mark up a rare victory in the war on pollution. Port Gamble Bay in
Kitsap has won a clean bill of health from state
authorities. Bay gets OK from health authorities.
Spill in Port Gamble (Oct 2005)
GAMBLE BAY/GAMBLEWOOD SANITARY SURVEY PROJECT: Final Report (2001)
[Kitsap County Health District]
Healing the waters: a holistic native American Indian approach
From Geological Society of America
Future of town, forests taking shape in plans for Port Gamble
Kitsap Business Journal,
July 30, 2012 by Tim Kelly
".... Pope & Talbot, the timber company that founded the town in 1853 and started operating a mill on the shore of Port Gamble Bay the following year, actually no longer exists. The mill closed in 1995, and the company went bankrupt five years ago.
Pope Resources is a land management company formed in 1985 to take over all of Pope & Talbot’s land holdings in Washington state. Rose is president of Olympic Property Group, a Pope Resources subsidiary that’s now essentially Port Gamble’s landlord..."
MY TURN | Why gamble with Port Gamble Bay?
Jeromy Sullivan is chairman of the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe.
Kitsap Sun, February 6, 2012
"... Many members of the community have serious concerns about this proposal, including the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe,
local environmental groups, and small businesses. If a dock is allowed at Port Gamble,
it would be devastating to marine resources in the bay and, in turn, to the health,
food supply, and economic and cultural well-being of many people. ..."
Growing pains for Port Gamble Kitsap Sun, Posted February 1, 2012
10 Port Gamble businesses told Kitsap County commissioners that they're heavily dependent on tourism,
and that a dock for tour boats could bring more visitors and an economic boost to the old mill town
that's been reborn and rezoned as a Rural Historic Zone.
Future of forests near Port Gamble in the balance
Seattle Times, Sept 24, 2011
Owner Olympic Property Group wants to shed forests adjacent to Port Gamble and is in intense
negotiations with local tribes, environmental groups and Kitsap County planners.....
A new life for Port Gamble's old theater
By Tristan Baurick , Kitsap Sun July 28, 2011, p.1
"... The newly-formed Port Gamble Theater Company is drawing back the dusty curtain for an opening night performance of "The Mousetrap," by Agatha Christie. Several more shows are in the pipeline, and plans are under way to expand seating from 150 to 250...."
Port Gamble Project Seen as Potential Economic Boon for Kitsap
Kitsap Sun 23 Jan 2010, by Brynn Grimley
A tentative agreement announced last week between Kitsap County and the
Olympic Property Group could lead to hundreds of millions of dollars in
private investments over the next 20 years,...
Under the partnership ... the county would take
ownership of 7,000 acres of forest land while OPG would get increased
development rights on property near Port Gamble. An undisclosed number
of homes would be built just south of town.
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