Kitsap Natural Resource Asset Management Project

The natural features that make up Kitsap County, including its forests, shoreline, and freshwater systems, are part of the County’s stock of natural assets. Human well-being and health are dependent upon the water treatment, clean air, rainwater management, and overall function of these assets as they yield essential services and economic benefits.

These assets require planning, coordination, monitoring, and supportive fiscal policies and strategies, just as other essential assets such as roadways, buildings, and capital facilities. Governments, such as Kitsap County, have a critical role in ensuring that natural assets are delivering core municipal services by enhancing, maintaining, and restoring natural assets through direct or indirect management of natural assets. 

Natural asset management is an emerging strategy that expands the standard framework for managing infrastructure to include natural assets. This program will help facilitate strategic planning of Kitsap County’s resources by establishing a system to measure and track the condition of assets, compare the condition of assets against the desired condition, and identify strategies to reduce gaps and risks to services.

View a story map that provides insights into the progress Kitsap County has made in developing a Natural Assessment Management Program for three asset types: forests, shorelines and stream.

Project Goals

1. Design and develop a Natural Resource Asset Management system to assist local governments with fiscal, permitting, and management decisions related to natural resources, and to improve citizen awareness of

ecosystem services.

2. Implement the Natural Resource Asset Management system and continue working to determine the path forward for refining the asset management framework and integrating the approach and tools with existing county processes.

Workshop and Materials

Kitsap County has worked with the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, Suquamish Tribe, and Washington Conservation Action to guide the development of the asset management framework and system. Kitsap County will continue to consult with its partners as the development of the system progresses.  
Kitsap County
Port Gamble S'Klallam
Suquamish Tribe

Washington Conservation Action

Access the meeting materials to stay up to date on the project team’s progress and follow the evolution of the project.


May 2023
Discuss the KNRAMP milestones for 2023 and provide input on key aspects that the upcoming KNRAMP Implementation Plan should address.
July 2023
Discuss the KNRAMP Implementation Plan approach, asset management approaches to natural resources, and options for setting DLOS for pilot watersheds.
​October 2023
Gather feedback on the KNRAMP Implementation Plan Draft and discuss setting DLOS for pilot projects.
​November 2023
Discuss the final interim Desired Levels of Service (DLOS) for pilot watersheds, review status of final deliverables, and discuss 2024 anticipated next steps.


January 2022
Goals: Work together to apply the level of service framework developed to date to identify gaps and needs in the framework, and begin to identify strategies and actions for achieving the desired level of service.
​April 2022
Goals: Discuss and refine possible level of service targets for marine shorelines; hear an update on the comprehensive plan and discuss opportunities. 
May 2022
Goals: Discuss the next steps and implementation goals for the Natural Resource Asset Management program in the short-term (i.e., 6 months, 1-2 years), and review the level of service targets for streams.
August 2022
Goals: Identify and discuss anticipated threats to natural assets, revisit desired levels of service, and check in on program implementation.

November 2022
Goals: Reflect on project successes and challenges and identify lessons learned. Review and provide feedback on ideas for future funding proposals. Share updates, including grant wrap up progress and plans for ongoing/interim work and continuity. 


January 2021
1. The Core Team to become reacquainted with the project
2. Review the project's success and challenges of the project in 2020.
3. Plan for 2021
​March 2021
Goal: Develop a shared understanding and agreement on key structural elements of the Kitsap County Natural Resource Asset Management program and provide feedback on current efforts and work moving forward.
May 2021
Goal: Share, discuss, and collaboratively refine the preliminary level of services (LOS) for marine shorelines assets.
June 2021
Goal: Share, discuss, and collaboratively refine the preliminary level of services (LOS) for riparian assets.
July 2021
Goal: Share, discuss, and collaboratively refine the preliminary level of services (LOS) for forest assets.
September 2021
Goal: Share and discuss the final level of services (LOS) for shoreline, riparian and forest assets.
November 2021
Goal: Discuss examples of desired levels of service and collaboratively develop a preliminary framework for desired levels of service.


​January 2020
1. Refresh understanding of project goals.
2. Outline the plan of work and roles for year two for the Suquamish Tribe, Port Gamble S'Klallum Tribe, Kitsap County, and Washington Environmental Council. 
3. Explore pilot defining levels of service concepts for establishing riparian vegetation asset.
4. Finalize Public Engagement Plan
5. Introduce funding tool work. 


​January 2019
Goal: Discuss potential options for developing a Natural Resources Asset Management Program for Kitsap County, including desired levels of ecosystem services.
​April 2019
1. Continue refinements of the Kitsap County Natural Resources Asset Management Plan (KNRAMP).
2. Finalize the ecosystem services that the program should prioritize for this initial phase, along with desired levels of services and ways to evaluate ecosystem services and make appropriate interventions.
3. Discuss funding paper and get feedback on approach.
4. Discuss parties ongoing roles in the KNRAMP development and implementation.

​June 2019
1. Review current progress in developing the framework for the Kitsap County Natural Resources Asset Management Plan.
2. Discuss how year one accomplishments and deliverables will help further develop the KNRAMP moving forward and ensure alignment with the broader NTA effort. 
3. Discuss parties' ongoing roles in the KNRAMP development and implementation. 


​February 2018
1. Develop a shared understanding and common vision for implementation of a Natural Resource Asset Management Program in Kitsap County.
2. Explore the ecosystem services that the program should prioritize and scale. Identify preferred levels of service.