The Raydient property is comprised of approximately 400 acres on SR 307 adjacent to the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park.

The property was originally part of a corporate tree farm originated in the 1800s that included the town of Port Gamble. Most of that holding now comprises the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park. The next timber harvest will be its fourth rotation.

In 2007, then-property owner Pope Resources announced that it was on track to sell all of its North Kitsap lands. Local conditions—chiefly suburbanization—were changing rapidly, and the company realized the community would soon be intolerant of commercial timberland management. From 2007 to 2017 Pope subsidiary Olympic Property Group worked extensively with the community and a host of other organizations to raise money and transfer ownership of the property to Kitsap County. This effort created the “String of Pearls," a vast system of public trails and open spaces.

In 2020, Rayonier acquired Pope Resources. Rayonier will continue Pope’s plan of selling all its ownership in North Kitsap County in the years ahead. All of Raydient's local timberlands were subdivided into 20-acre lots more than 15 years ago.

NKU Public Meeting: Results of Environmental Studies
December 12, 2023 | 6:00 p.m.
North Kitsap Community Auditorium