Joint Statement from 2nd Mediation Session Port Ludlow Associates and Jefferson County May 20, 2016

The parties met in Seattle on Friday, May 20, 2016, for a full day mediation session with their attorneys and an independent mediator regarding timber harvest in in the Port Ludlow Master Planned Resort (MPR). Port Ludlow resident and PLVC representative Bill Dean observed the mediation.

Discussions between the two parties were frank, and both parties expressed their positions, but then worked hard to find common ground. Although the mediation continues, the parties have tentatively agreed on the principles for managing Open Space Reserves (OSRs) within the MPR consistent with the OSR’s purpose. Those principles, which are intended to be the foundation of a set of forest stewardship plans, include managing the Open Space Reserves to retain healthy standing forests that will enhance the aesthetics of the Master Planned Resort. These forests will have trees of mixed species and different ages that enhance forest health, habitat, aesthetics and passive recreation. The parties also discussed non-OSR parcels, mitigation, and the golf course property, and those discussions will continue.

The parties have agreed to jointly retain an independent professional forester to develop a forest stewardship plan the parties could agree on to achieve the OSR’s goal.

The parties agreed to reconvene the mediation in late July if a formal written settlement is not completed by then.


On April 23rd, Emergency Management Director Rob Stern hosted a presentation by geologist Michael Machette at the Beach Club. It was attended by 150 guests and Machette discussed the potentials for these types of events and how severe the impacts could be throughout the area.  He presented a You-Tube video that is a computer model of the results of a Pacific Ocean earthquake coming through the Straight of Juan de Fuca and throughout the rest of the area including Port Ludlow Bay.  Several members of the audience asked how to get to that video.  Here is the direct link:
In addition, Jefferson Land Trust held a Workshop on this topic and the 20-23 minute videos from that are as follows:
Introduction,  Michael Machette:
Earthquake Sources, Brian Atwater:
Tsunami Hotspots, Carrie Garrison-Laney:
Buildings & Structures, Cale Ash:
Jefferson County Emergency Management, Bob Hamlin:


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Jefferson Healthcare Community Forum and Ground Breaking Ceremony for the New Port Ludlow Clinic

Jefferson Healthcare invites the community to join Jefferson Healthcare’s CEO Mike Glenn and Hospital Commissioners to a community forum and ground breaking ceremony for the new Port Ludlow Clinic on May 11, 2016 at 12 noon at the Port Ludlow Bay Club on Spinnaker Road.  Doors open for the community forum at noon with a presentation by Mike Glenn, CEO.  After the conclusion of the community forum, everyone is invited to join Mike, the Hospital Commissioners, representatives from Port Ludlow Associates, and Steven Rice, Principal in Charge from Rice Fergus Miller Architects at the clinic site for the ground breaking ceremony.  The ceremony is expected to begin about 1:30 pm at the construction site located at the corner of Paradise Road and Breaker Lane, across the street from Kitsap Bank in the Port Ludlow Village.

The forum will be an opportunity for the community to hear details about the new Port Ludlow Clinic, an update on the Emergency and Specialty Services building project, and other Jefferson Healthcare news.   Light refreshments will be served.

The Port Ludlow Clinic is designed by Rice Fergus Miller Architects of Bremerton, and the construction will be completed by Port Ludlow Associates.


Two more Gardening Days are scheduled for “spring cleaning” the Native Garden.
  • Thursday, April 28th 9:30-12:30
  • Thursday, May 5th 9:30-12:30

The Eastern Bed needs the mulching completed. The Western Bed needs are for more trimming and pruning, weeding, transplanting, and mulching.

Please plan a day or two for gardening in the Native Garden. This is an open invitation to members of the Port Ludlow Garden Club as well as any person wanting to join us. Gardening experience is NOT needed and people are available to give guidance and identify the plants to keep, move, or toss. Bring your gardening tools, kneeling pad, gloves, water, and a snack (we do take breaks). A wheelbarrow and shovel, as well as a canopy trimmer (with someone who knows how to use it) are needed. Please contact Barb if you are able to bring these larger tools or need more information.

Barb Skinner


Trails and Trails Stewards;

We’ve done our first growth maintenance of the year which means the following trails have been mown: Timberton, Niblicks, Olympic Terrace, Dunsmuir Cut, Picnic Point and the ABT 26-28. There is still the weed whacking to do in tighter quarters but that will come too. We want to thank you stewards for cutting back those errant blackberries that grow so quickly this time of year and also offer you lots of opportunities to take out any aggression you may have on any of those trail-leaning salmon berries too (if you’re so inclined). Again, thanks for all your help.

Note: We have jumped through the final hoop and now have full approval to build the Osprey Trail. It’s been a long process but we think it will be worth it in the end. We also have the DNR connectors to build (when the adjacent logging is completed) so it could be a great year to come out for a few hours and get some bragging rights as a trail builder. The calls for crews could start soon when a few other distractions are out of the way; so look for your chance then.

Let’s keep improving our trails,

Larry Scott


Help Rid Port Ludlow of Scotch Broom

  • Scotch broom displaces native and beneficial plants, causing considerable loss of grassland and open forest habitat.
  • Seeds and other plant parts are toxic to humans, horses and livestock.
  • Renders rangeland and grasslands worthless.
  • Interferes with re-establishment of conifer seedlings on harvested forests.
  • Dense stands can impede movement of wildlife.
  • Potential fire hazard that can increase the intensity of grassland and forest fires.
  • Scotch broom is difficult to eradicate due to substantial and long-lived seed bank.
  • In Oregon and Washington alone, Scotch Broom causes around $100 million in agricultural and forestry losses yearly.On Wednesday, May 4 the battle continues with the annual Port Ludlow Scotch Broom pull. Volunteers will meet at the Bay Club at 9:30 a.m. to form teams and pinpoint locations.

    All volunteers (spouses too) will return to the Bay Club at 12:00 noon for a complimentary barbecue and social time.

    Long pants with long sleeve shirt and gloves are recommended. If you have them, please bring pruning shears, saws, and/or loppers.

    If you plan to participate, please email John Fillers at to let him know, so he can estimate the amount of food required to feed all the volunteers.


The LMC, SBCA and PLVC Ad Hoc Committees addressing the logging that took place in the Master Planned Resort last year are circulating a petition to be presented to the Board of County Commissioners at their Monday morning meeting on April 25.
If you are unable to sign in person, please follow the link for the petition, once it is open you can print, sign, and return to
The petition states: “The visual blight resulting from clear cut logging has no place within our Master Planned Resort.  As a resident of Port Ludlow, I oppose (1) any commercial timber harvesting of our forested Open Space Reserves and (2) any logging of other forested areas within the MPR that is not directly associated with the active conversion of a parcel to a residential or other allowable use in accordance with the MPR Development Agreement.”

Thank you for supporting your community on this important issue.