Photo Catch Up. Wildlife photos are what most are looking for in these updates, so keep passing them on.
Developer Contributes $255,000. We earlier noted a “Bargain Price” on the Timbers Edge II develpment property at $870,000 (which is $255,000 under the appraisal received today of $1,125,000). This amounts to a quarter million dollar contribution!
Commissioners Consider Preserve Expansion. County Commissioners are considering helping with this bargain purchase and are looking at possible options available to them and will discuss them at their Nov 13th meeting.
Community Support Critical. This is where community action is urgently needed. Each commissioner district has county parks and the other two commissioners need to know the Illahee Preserve has the support of its nearby residents. They are probably unaware of 2780 volunteer hours recorded this year and the $130,000 raised in 2015 to help with the Timber Edge Phase I purchase). Our only communication to the community is via this and the previous email updates so feel free to pass them on to interested and concerned friends who will contact the commissioners to encourage their support.
19 Responses Received. Last Wed we heard 19 community responses had been received from the first email request, but we need to show more support for this purchase. The Avery Homestead property is the only logical entrance to this part of the Illahee Preserve (see the 10/25/17 Illahee Update for more information).
Please Help! Responses don’t need to be letters, and are better if they are short emails simply indicating support for the Timbers Edge II purchase. The Commissioners’ email addresses are:
Wed Port Meeting. Just a reminder the Wednesday Port of Illahee’s monthly meeting is being held at the Port of Brownsville’s Annex building at 9756 Ogle Road, at 5 pm.
Commissioner Letters. Thank you for responding to the 10/25 Update with emails and letters requesting County Commissioner support for help with purchase of the Timbers Edge final 10.7 acres (the former Avery Homestead).
Help us get the word out to more as this is a critical property for the Illahee Preserve’s long range plan, as once it is gone it is gone. Email Commissioners at: Kitsapcommissiones@co.kitsap.wa.us
Thanks to Steve for letting us share his response as an example of what is being sent.
Please seriously consider incorporating the Timbers Edge project into your budget process. We have a unique opportunity to acquire this land for the betterment of the Illahee community as well as the greater Bremerton area as a pristine rural escape for our citizens.
The owner of the property is doing everything he can to make this property attainable by the county in an interest in it’s preservation. And, he is doing this at great expense to himself. This is an unbelievably generous gesture on his part. We can’t afford to let it slip through our fingers.
I have personally contributed thousands of dollars in the past in an effort to secure these lands and would be thrilled with the county’s support in this endeavor. I will be willing to contribute as far as I am able, if it will help ensure this acquisitions success. PLEASE take advantage of this rare Golden Opportunity and include this funding in your budget – for the good of all.
Avery House. Permission was given to share excerpts from another letter to the Commissioners that provides information on the Avery Homestead (the photo is what it looks like today).
Many years ago my husband and I moved to Illahee and bought an old summer cabin alongside Illahee Creek and downstream of the Avery Homestead/Timbers Edge. We suddenly became owners of a 15 acre forest. What possibly could a boy from Brooklyn and a girl raised in the Hawaiian Islands know what to do with a raging winter stream, a failing culvert, and a desire to step back in time and opt for a quiet life, enjoy the countryside and listen to the frogs chirping at night?
Then one day we looked outside and the floodplain waters were engulfing our property and life changed forever. We began to observe the nature around us, and the raging winter stream was a fish stream filled with little ones swimming all around. Soon we learned those were steelhead, coho, cutthrout and chum salmon and we were hooked on nature and nurture. Those quiet days were not in store for us.
Illahee, as we learned, was steeped in rich history. One day shortly after settling in this 120 year old fixer-upper house,we met the elder daughter of the Avery family who grew up in the old house still sitting on the Timbers Edge property. She told me of life on the Avery property and how her father did aqua culture and netted the fish they ate for dinner out of Illahee Creek, and how her property had been the hunting ground for the indigenous native tribes as evidenced by the artifacts she found in the garden in which they raised their vegetables and her constant finding of what she referred to as arrowheads used for hunting. It was after these many stories from the old timers around here, that things began to make sense of Illahee’s past history. With a state registered cultural site on the Mossano property on the shoreline,our place directly uphill with culturally modified trees and fire trees used for cooking by the native peoples, things were getting very interesting. Walking up a little further along the creek you come to the Avery Homestead/Timbers Edge parcel and the start of our interest in the early 90’s of banding together with an elderly neighbor, Audrey Boyer, to facilitate and acquire the 350 acre Illahee Preserve-now 545 acres, for the benefit of the citizens of Kitsap County. The rest is history and this adventure with the love of nature and a strong desire by the county, parks, dedicated community groups, and developers, we come to where we are now. The acquisition of the remaining ten acre Avery Homestead/Timbers Edge parcel is crucial to the preserve, for it opens up the ability to have a much needed south entrance allows a historical property to remain, provides the much needed wildlife and habitat protection for Illahee Creek, and offers a potential ridge trail system.
Parks Deadline Extended. At the same time Commissioner letters are being sent, Parks is requesting residents tell them what you want for parks and has extended the deadline to Nov 10th. kitsapgov.com/parks
Daily Bait Balls. Lots of bait balls in Illahee waters feeding seals and sea lions; more bait around than we have seen in a long time.
Street Work. This site off of Sunset is to prevent ground water from seeping through the asphalt and freezing in the winter by installing curtain drains under the roadway. Thanks to KC Public Works for being proactive.
Gas Work. More people in Illahee having natural gas brought to their homes.
Port Meeting Location Change. Just a reminder that the Port of Illahee’s November 8th meeting will be meeting at the Port of Brownsville’s Annex (the former fire station) lower level at 5 pm. The 2018 budget will be discussed and approved.
Port Election. Please remember to vote by next Tuesday for the Port of Illahee commissioner of your choice. The voters pamphlet has information on the candidates and it can be viewed at the county’s website (page 24): https://spf.kitsapgov.com/auditor/Pages/GenEl_LVP2017_WEB.pdf.
Illahee Preserve Expansion Opportunity: Urgent Action Needed. Community help is urgently needed for the Illahee Preserve’s expansion plans, which are to acquire adjacent properties before they are developed. Normally they concentrate on undevelopable parcels, but this situation is different.
South Entrance. A south entrance to the Preserve is needed and the Timbers Edge 45 lot project is the only logical location. This is the site of the former Avery Homestead and provides a perfect south entrance to the Preserve.
Photos. Chickens are frequently sighted in Illahee. The first sighting this fall of American wigeons was at the Illahee North detention pond.
The gentlemen who was injured by a falling limb in the Illahee Preserve today has just called me. He give me an update on what happened at the Silverdale Urgent Care where he was taken by a female dentist who came upon him bleeding and trying to find his glasses.
He had 11 stitches to close the deep head wounds and was so grateful for the help he received during this event from others. He said that he was still shaken, will have stiches removed in a week before he goes to England for a visit. He refused the expensive x-rays and any other medical tests so as not to run up a bill. He is on Medicare and does not think the bill will be high, but may inquire if there might be any assistance from parks for help with his bill if it is not covered by Medicare.
Incident happened at milepost 32.
Photos. Some recent photos.
Port Meeting Wednesday. The Port of Illahee’s regular monthly meeting is Wednesday 10/11/17 at 5 pm. If the weather is nice the meeting may be outside at the former Illahee Food store. If not there, the meeting will be held at its usual location, but with two parking spots being available at the lower level (which is considered marginally ADA accessible because of the need to drive down and back up the dock access road).
ROTARY SHELTER DEDICATION TODAY. Illahee residents are invited to the dedication today (Thursday) at 5:30 pm of the new Rotary picnic shelter at the Illahee Preserve’s Almira entrance.
SHORT MEET & GREET CEREMONY. Come and meet the members of the East Bremerton Rotary Club who have adopted the Preserve and provide it with some amazing gifts and volunteer support, along with Kitsap County officials and Bremerton’s Mayor Patty Lent.
Illahee Wetlands Make Front Page. Some amazing wetlands make the front page of the Kitsap Sun for the third time in 10 years. Again we are impressed with the Sun as you read the linked story: http://www.kitsapsun.com/story/news/2017/09/21/illahee-storage-proposal-mired-wetland-debate/690955001/
Preserve Fires. Fires in the Illahee Preserve are the biggest concern, especially with such an extended dry season. The fire danger is high as signs around the Preserve indicate.