Illahee 8/18/15 Orcas Visit Illahee, Fire Ants, Lightning Cancels Work Party, Web Cam, Illahee Day, Port Proposition, Thefts, Missing Person and Lost Cat Notices

Orcas Visit Illahee.  A pod of orcas visited Illahee this evening and put on quite a show for those on the Illahee Community dock.

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Fire Ants.  As we wait to close on the 25 acre Phase 1 purchase of the Timbers Edge project, we walked through the 10 acre Phase 2 parcels and found a big fire ant nest.  These little guys can be vicious.
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Lightning Cancels Work Party.  The treat of lightning caused the work party with the Washington Youth Academy to be cancelled.  We will be scheduling for another day as we have loads of wood chips to spread on the trails.  Lots of preparations, including arranging for a portapotty and the delivery of a container with all the tools, go into these work parties and we thank the East Bremerton Rotary for making all the arrangements.
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Web Cam.  There is a 24/7 web camera that looks at the Illahee Community dock and can be viewed on the illaheecommunity.com website.  At the bottom of the camera picture are time the photo was taken and the weather details.  The previous day’s time lapsed video is always available and it provided some interesting camera captures of the early morning lightning, which are shown below.  The camera takes a snap shot every 34 seconds so we were lucky to find these photos.  The second shows a likely lightning strike on Bainbridge Island.  The amount of rain noted at the site was 1.05 inches on Friday.
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Illahee Day.  Saturday was Illahee day and forty plus people attended.  Toward the end of the day some fireman from the station at the top of Illahee hill attended and suggested that next year we schedule tours of a fire truck.  There were no photos taken so the photo below is a repeat.
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Port Proposition.  The Port of Illahee has a proposition on November’s ballot and they were looking for committee members both for and against the proposition.  Evidently they have some residents for a for committee, but not for the against committee and asked the county whether the committee members need to be against the measure, and below is the response and how the proposition will be worded.
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Thefts.  Several residents have reported mail thefts in Illahee and also they evidently think the person who did the burglary and car theft at Illahee north, lives in the vicinity, which is why in the writeup they chased the guy back to Illahee.  Let us know if you find out more information on the mail thefts and the burglary so we can pass it on.
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Missing Person and Lost Cat Notices.  Below are some notices we found posted in the community.
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Jim Aho

Illahee 8/11/15 Double Rainbow, Crime Reports, Port Meeting, Preserve Work Party, Wheelbarrows Needed, Illahee Day on Saturday, Port Issues, TE Prelim Plat, Phase 1 Appraised Value?

Double Rainbow.  Thanks to those who share their photos and for this one of a double rainbow taken from Illahee and looking toward Bainbridge Island.

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Crime Report.  And thanks to Vic who shared the Sheriff’s report on the breaking and entering, burglary, and theft of a vehicle report.  We hope to get more details soon.
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Local Crime Report.  We do get email notification of local crimes and attached are what they look like.  The one above is from a distance and the one below is closer in.
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Port Meeting on Wednesday.  The regular Port of Illahee meeting is the second Wednesday of each month, which is tomorrow, August 12th, at 5 pm at the lower level of 5500 Illahee Road.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend.  More later on one of the agenda items.
 
Illahee Preserve Work Party on Friday  There will be a major Illahee Preserve work party on Friday August 14th with over 50 Washington Youth Academy cadets and the Preserve’s Rotary and Community Leadership Team.  
 
Wheelbarrows Needed!  With lots of wood chips to be spread more wheel barrows are needed.  They can be dropped off at the Almira entrance between 7:30 and 8:30 am and picked up after 3:45 pm.  Larger wheelbarrows are preferred to small ones, but all are needed.
 
Illahee Day.  Saturday August 15th is Illahee day at the Illahee Dock and at the lower level of 5500 Illahee Road, between 4 and 7 pm.  Food and beverages will be provided by the Port of Illahee.  Come and meet the commissioners and your fellow Illahee residents.
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Port Explanatory Statement.  We haven’t seen the wording for the proposition that will be on the ballot in November to eliminate commissioner districts, but we understand this is what went in to explain it.
 

The port commissioners adopted a resolution proposing that the Port of Illahee cease using three commissioner districts.  Currently commissioner candidates must come from the commissioner district in which they reside.  If the proposition is approved candidates will only need to reside within the Port of Illahee boundary.  This is authorized by the Revised Code of Washington, Chapter 53.12.021, and requires a simple majority vote for approval.

 
Voter’s Pamphlet Requirements.  There is a state statute to ensure the right information is included in the voter’s pamphlet, and it it up to the port to find those both for and against a ballot measure.  See the requirements below: 
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Pro and Con Statements.  The Port needs help to find both those for and against dissolving district representation in favor of at-large representation for port commissioners and it is hoped attendees will help with the draft statements.  Below are two draft statements to get the process started. 
 
CON STATEMENT.   The Port of Illahee has been running just fine for the past nearly 93 years with Commissioners elected from the districts in which they live. With such a great record, it is ridiculous to think that we need to change now, especially since there are more and more people living within the districts.  
 
PRO STATEMENT.   The Port of Illahee is a small port extending three miles along the waterfront and extending approximately one mile inland.  Currently the port is divided into three geographical commissioner districts and commissioners must reside within their district boundaries.  The port has found it difficult at times to recruit within these small districts.  Discussions weighing the advantages and disadvantages of commissioner districts resulted it a Port Resolution to eliminate the district requirement in favor of at-large representation.  Residents of similar small ports, such as Manchester, Keyport, Poulsbo, and Eglon, voted to eliminate their commissioner districts in 1996 – 1998.  Approval of this proposition will eliminate individual commissioner districts, and any resident within the port boundary will be eligible to run for a commissioner position. 
 
Required Port Committees.  Please consider attending the Port meeting on Wednesday and help out with the required committees and helping develop the statements for the Voters Pamphlet!  Below is the form the county requires to document the committee’s makeup.
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TE Preliminary Plat.   Below is the TE preliminary plat the was approved by the Hearing Examiner many years ago.  It is being used now to determine the appraised value of the property that is being purchased as part of Phase 1 of the Lost Continent purchase.  The second drawing shows the number of lots that could have been built, 8 + 18 + 9 = 35.  (Note that with the Phase 1 purchase of the 25.5 acres, there will be no sewers and the 84 small lots shown on the plat will be replaced with 43 larger lots, and Phase 2 plans are to work with a land trust to purchase them.) 
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Appraised Value?  The appraiser needs to determine the net value of those lots in today’s market that could run between $20K – $25K per lot.  We heard the RCO does not consider the open space tracts that we had valued at $10K – $15K per acre.  In either case we feel the price the property is being purchased for will be more than substantiated.
 
Jim Aho

Illahee 8/5/15 Illahee Burglary, TE Closing Delayed, Wildlife Photos, Aug 14 Work Party

Illahee Burglary.  It is hard to believe this happened early this morning (Wednesday) and in Illahee.  

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TE Closing Delayed.   Today, Wednesday the 5th of August 2015, was the day we were supposed to close on 25 acres of the Timbers Edge properties.  When dealing with public funds at the state and county level, officials need to make sure those funds are spent wisely and therefore appraisals and appraisal reviews are required when purchasing real property.  Which means we won’t be able to close until the appraisal is completed and the value of the property is worth at least the $300,000 authorized by the state.  We hope it will be considerably more as the purchase price is planned to be used as a match for another grant in 2016 to further expand the Preserve. 
 
Wildlife Photos.  Below are recent photos around Illahee.
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Aug 14 Work Party.  An Illahee Preserve work party is being planned for August 14th with the East Bremerton Rotary and the Washington Youth Academy and it looks like they will be distributing wood chips based on some recent wood chip piles on Thompson Lane.  More later when we find out if volunteers are needed to help.
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Jim Aho

Illahee 7/26/15 TE Purchase Proceeding, THANK YOU, Pledges Being Honored, Deer, Wildlife Casualties, County Road Crew, Wildlife Harassment, Port Resolution, New Seahawks Sign

TE Purchase Proceeding.  The escrow process necessary to purchase Timbers Edge started off slow, but accelerated this past week, and it appear everyone is working hard to meet the August 5th closing date.

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THANK YOU.  Below is a message that went out as a reminder to many of those who pledged and we thought it worth sharing.  Without every one’s support this never would have happened, and we need to thank them as for many the donation amounts were sacrificial (such as a postponed new roof, and a used car rather than a new car).
 
 WE DID IT!!!
 

In case you haven’t heard we were successful with Phase 1 of our Pledge Campaign to raise the funds to purchase 25.5 acrea of prime forest and riparian habitat for the Illahee Preserve.

 
The escrow process has begun and closing will be August 5, 2015.
 
One of the concerns we had a few weeks ago was whether the $300,000 from the State would be available in time for closing, and yesterday (Friday, 7/17) we were assured it would be, and possibly be available this coming week.
 
With that concern alleviated, we are now asking those who made pledges to send their pledges, if you haven’t already, to the Kitsap Community Foundation (KCF) and note they are for the Lost Continent/Timbers Edge Fund.  The address of KCF is:
 
KCF (LostContinent/Timbers Edge Fund), PO Box 3670, Silverdale, WA 98383.  
 
We are also receiving funds through the Illahee Forest Preserve (IFP) so if you have already sent your donations to our IFP Treasurer, Jonathan Buesch, 6253 East Blvd, Bremerton, WA 98311, that is fine.  
 
We would like to have the pledge donations sent in this next week and at the latest by July 31st.  If there are any problems, please let us know, as we have people standing by the help with a bridge loan if necessary.
 
We don’t know how to thank everyone, as a week before we needed start escrow we were $330,000 short. What happened in that last week was truly amazing.  The state came through and the final needed pledges came in in the final hours.  
 
THANK YOU for making this happen!!!
 
Pledges Being Honored.  The question has been whether those who pledged would honor the pledges, and so far there have only been a few who were unable or had to cut back, but thankfully there was a little reserve that should take care of it.  At this moment we anticipate needing $120,000 because of closing costs and so far $99,000 has come in out of the $124,000 that was finally pledged (though with some donating more and some less than they pledged the anticipated number is proving elusive).  There were some this week who are wondering if it is too late to donate and we are reminding them that we will begin the Phase 2 pledge campaign soon, so the answer is it is not too late. 
 
Deer.  We were trying capture one of these fawns picking up a transparent apple.  Between the deer and the geese the apples under this tree don’t last long.
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Wildlife Casualties.  We have been asked to both not photograph dead animals and to photograph them to remind people to be careful of our wildlife.  We don’t post these often, but when two of our more prominent creatures are hit within a few days we thought it was time to put out a reminder.
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County Road Crew.  Thanks to the county road crew wildlife casualties aren’t around very long.  We just happened to be walking and taking a photo of the fawn when this crew came by and a few minutes later they picked it up and were gone.
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Wildlife Harassment.  We have had numerous complaints about a jet ski rider harassing Canada geese and cormorants. Even those who aren’t particularly found of these birds have expressed that they shouldn’t be harassed like that and possibly killed.  Here are a few excerpts from one email:
 
This morning, somewhere around 930 and 10 AM, I heard geese calling and looked out my window to see what was happening.  Usually if the geese land on my beach they call and I go down and give them bread.  Also I found a dead goose on my beach.  ….  There was a guy on a jet ski chasing the geese in the water.  Also I saw him chasing a goose as it was trying to fly away.  ….  He was picking them out and circling.  ….  I yelled but I don’t think he heard me. …  I looked in the water and there was still one goose swimming.  The guy came back and looked in the water to see if there were any more birds left.  He found the goose and stared to circle.  I yelled again and ran down to the beach.  ….  I was horrified that someone who lives in Illahee would do this.  ….. 
 
Port of Illahee Resolution.  There will be initiative on the November Election ballot to eliminate separate districts within the Port of Illahee boundaries.  According the Washington law (WAC 434-381-120) the voters pamphlet requires two committees be appointed to prepare arguments for and against a ballot measure.  I’m sure the Port would like to have people who feel strongly on the issues to volunteer to be on the committees.  The resolution the Port approved (in February) is shown below:
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New Seahawks Sign.  A talented artist and Seahawk fan is keeping the local community aware of the waiting time before the first game of the season.  There has been a sign up just after the Superbowl and the sign was just replaced with a new one.  Thank you Sharry!
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Jim Aho

Illahee 7/10/15 Kitsap Sun Article, MN Response, Escrow Process Started, Senate Bond Bill Passes, Pledge Letter, Phase 2 Plans, New Pledge Form?, Dock Bracing, Outfall Settlement?

Kitsap Sun Article.  What a great article appeared in Tuesday’s Kitsap Sun!

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MN Response.  We wanted to share this response from Minnesota.
 
There are plenty of national and regional land conservation orgs out there but this one was grassroots all the way. I love these stories about preserving a little “urban wilderness”: political grease, a landowner with a generous heart, committed community and even a donor who “recently inherited a booming oil field” in ND. Job well done. Congratulations!
Jaime A. Pinkham (Nez Perce)
Vice President, Native Nations
 
 
Escrow Process Started.  The escrow process has begun at Pacific Northwest Title Company and is scheduled to close on the 25.5 acre parcels on August 5th.
 
Senate Bond Bill Passes.  We were concerned earlier this week whether there might be a problem getting the $300K state money by the closing date as the Bond Bill had not been passed by the Senate, but it did pass on Thursday (7/9/15).  
 
Pledge Letter.  A letter will be sent to those who pledged (comprising about 70 percent).  A number of those who have pledged are already sending their pledged amounts to both the Illahee Forest Preserve (IFP) and the Kitsap Community Foundation (KCF).  Either one works, but since the IFP normally isn’t involved with acquisitions they are collaborating with KCF on the purchase.  The address for KCF is PO Box 3670, Silverdale, WA 98383.
 
Phase 2 Plans.  There were several standing in the wings waiting to see if the Phase 1 purchase was going to need some help.  We are hoping they and others will be available to help with Phase 2.  A series of meeting is being planned to make sure Phase 2 completes, and hopefully with more than a week to spare.
 
New Pledge Form?  The IFP board is looking over the pledge form to see if it should be updated for Phase 2.  
 
Dock Bracing.  While we have been preoccupied with the Timbers Edge/Lost Continent purchase the Port of Illahee contracted out to have crossbracing installed on some critical pilings.  Thanks to Commissioner Cassie Magill, who is the dock manager, for finding contractor Tim Knapp and his crew.  The dock stability has been a major concern in the event of an earthquake.
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Outfall Settlement?  The Prosecutor’s Office was contacted about the Outfall Settlement agreement since there was no response from the Department of Community Development (DCD) following the Illahee Community Meeting on May 18, 2015.  At the community meeting it was decided a meeting should be set up with DCD to determine why the terms of the settlement agreement were not followed. The minutes of the meeting stated “Rather than start costly legal action it was suggested that all parties get together and see if they could resolve the issue.”  So far the Prosecutor’s Office hasn’t been successful in setting up a meeting either.
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Stennis Departing.  A photo of the John C. Stennis (CVN74) as viewed from Illahee as it passes by Point White.
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Jim Aho

Illahee 7/6/15 Status Report, Campaign Hard Work, Stategy Team, Significant Gifts, Notice To Purchase Given, Amazing Final Effort, Kitsap Sun Call, Final Count?, Amazing Week

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Status Report.  We saw a this report to the capital campaign committee on Sunday (7/5/15) evening. 

 
We may not be totally there on the funding, but if not we are awfully darn close, possibly a couple of thousand dollars short (Jon, our Treasurer, has the official record and we hope those who have pledged will follow through).  We are close enough that we are stopping active door to door solicitations of funds for Phase 1. 

 
Campaign Hard Work.  And these comments regarding the preparatory work.
 

But, what made our jobs easier was all the hard work that was done with the website, the tattoos, the signs, contacting the elected officials, and the articles in the Kitsap Sun.  (We even got a call from Germany this morning asking how we were doing and commented on the website.)  Everything came together this past week, which is almost unbelievable (we were $330,000 short at the beginning of the week).

 
Strategy Team.  And regarding the strategy team.
 

The Strategy Team that met every Thursday at the Planetarium was the real key to our success.  That’s where the ideas were incubated, hatched and then implemented.  How do we thank each of them for their hard work?

 
Significant Gifts.  And their comments regarding significant gifts:
 
Exactly how much money will be forthcoming from this week’s effort is hard to determine, and what are significant contributions?  We take phone calls and answer lots of questions and some result in $10,000 gifts, others $1,000, and then some are only $100.  Each amount is significant to the giver depending on their circumstances. 
 
Notice To Purchase.  Written “Notice to Execute Option A” was hand delivered this afternoon (7/6/15) to John Johnson, as a representative of Mr. Jim Tallman, to purchase the 25.5 acres we have described as Phase 1.  The required closing date is August 5, 2015, at which time the funds will be exchanged for the deed to the properties.

 
Amazing Final Effort.  This has been an amazing week where we went from the impossible to the possible.  Thanks to Sherry Appleton (and other elected officials who all stood behind the effort) who, along with the Illahee Community and other supporters of the Illahee Preserve, made it happen!
 
Kitsap Sun Call.  The Kitsap Sun called and wanted a photo as IFP board members looked over the property this afternoon, so we are expecting some kind of coverage in the near future.
 
Final Count?  We have been asked what the final pledge and donation amount was? The IFP treasurer only counts what he has paper work for, so he showed a deficit in funds.  The capital campaign monitor tracked phone pledges, which showed they were at their goal or a little over. We think the figure given to the Kitsap Sun was based on some phoned in pledges that came in late Sunday ($3,000) and early Monday ($4,000) that would put the amount at possibly $7,000 over (that is assuming all the pledged amounts will be honored, and we know of a couple of instances where it is likely they won’t be, due to unforeseen circumstances).  We won’t know until all the donations that were handled by the Kitsap Community Foundation are processed, along with what was sent to the Illahee Forest Preserve treasurer.  If there are excess funds they will go toward the Phase 2 purchase.
 
Amazing Week.  What an amazing week it has been!  To go from being short $330,000 a week ago, to starting the escrow process and closing in another 30 days, is truly amazing and almost unbelievable.  Thanks to so many who made it possible!!!!
 
Jim Aho

Illahee 7/3/15 Fire Danger Signs, Kitsap Sun Article, The Rest of the Story, Monday Deadline, Fund Raising Update, KCF, Tours Available, Speaking of Bucks

Fire Danger Signs.  We picked up additional fire danger signs and posted them in new areas around the Preserve.  Many don’t realize there was a small fire near the entrance to the powerline off of Riddell.  There was another fire just outside of the Preserve boundary on Rest Place. Both fires were put out by the fire department before they could grow.  In our last update we showed a photo where someone had a small camp fire in the Preserve, which is one of the reasons why we put up this new sign on Sunset.

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Kitsap Sun Article.  Below is an article that appeared in the Kitsap Sun this morning.  We have a number of people who live outside of the area who receive the updates and don’t necessarily subscribe to the Sun, which is why we are attaching it.  The article prompted lots of calls and some new donors. Thanks Kitsap Sun!
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The Rest of the Story.  The above article provides the ‘rest of the story’ about how and where the unexpected funds came from to purchase the properties.  Many thanks the the Krigsmans who contacted our elected officials, and to Representative Sherry Appleton for making it happen!
 
The Monday Deadline.  Lots of questions about whether we will make the July 6th deadline.  We are saying we will, provided the pledges keep coming in.  We have scheduled a Monday meeting with the developer to start the escrow process.  
 
Fund Raising Update.  Today pledges for $7,500 were received according to our Treasuer, along with a $1,000 check.  That puts us at over $750,000 (98%) with just under $17,000 to go to get to $767,000.  
 
KCF.  Donations given on-line with credit cards through the Kitsap Community Foundation (KCF) won’t show up until Monday, though some have been calling us to let us know they have given there.
 
Just Call In Your Pledges.  At this stage if you want to pledge you can just call in your pledge to (360) 479.1049.  That way we will know if the funding goal has been reached and then we have a few weeks afterwards to gather the funds.
 
Tours Available.  We will be giving tours to those attending the Fir Drive and Nobles Lane Fourth of July picnic tomorrow.  We recently cleaned the Stinging Nettle from the path so let us know if you are interested.
 
Speaking of Bucks,  Speaking of bucks (the bucks or funds needed to purchase the first TE property) this photo came in today.
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Illahee 6/30/15 We Can Do It, July 5th Deadline, $30,000 Needed, Pledge or Online Donations?, More Info, Illahee Photos, Dock Cross Bracing, Fire Danger

We Can Do It!  We are down to the final days of our fundraising campaign to expand the Illahee Preserve by 25.5 acres.  This protects forest and riparian habitat and preserves connectivity for a desired regional trail system.   This purchase will also reduce a dense development abutting Illahee Creek and eliminate a pressurized sewer across the creek and up Illahee Road, among other benefits.
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July 5th Deadline.  We need to start the purchase process by Monday, July 6, so we set Sunday, July 5th as our deadline.  
 
$30,000 Needed.  We still need to raise $30,000 in the next 5 days!  Gifts of any amount are needed now.  Gifts of $1,000 or more will be recognized on a donor wall at the Almira entrance to the Preserve.Pledge or Online Donations?  The pledge form has been popular as donors want to make sure we are going to reach our fundraising goal before actually donating, and it allows time then to send in the money, which isn’t needed until closing.  The pledge form can be downloaded at:  http://www.illaheepreserve.org/attachments/download/22/Illahee-Preserve-TE-Pledge-Form-20150215.pdf

 
Donations can be made easily online at: https://kcf.smalldognet.com/erp/donate/create?funit_id=1111More Info?  More information is available at:  http://TheLostContinent.org, or call Jim Aho 360.479.1049, or Rob Spearman 360.377.5547

Preserve Tent.  Thanks to those who told us about a recent tent in the Preserve.  We posted it and the person left. The last photo shows the area after it was cleaned up of trash.  Thanks to the volunteers who keep the Preserve so clean!!

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Illahee Photos.  Some interesting work boat traffic.  Notice the size of the ferry along side the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
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Dock Cross Bracing.  Important community dock cross bracing being installed to insure the dock’s structural integrity.
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Fire Danger Signs.  We have requested 7 additional high danger fire signs for the Illahee Preserve.  In spite of the dry conditions everywhere, and especially in the Preserve, we still find problem areas, such as this recently covered up fire pit in the Preserve discovered yesterday.
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Jim Aho

Illahee 6/25/15 Fallout if TE Not Purchased, New Sewer Line?, List of Reasons to Contribute, Nearly 60% Raised, Requests Have Been Made, Pledges Urgently Needed, Why Pledges?, Undecided?, Website, Online Donations?, $10K Donation, Information Packets

Fallout If TE is Not Purchased.  With the failure to secure a $300,000 Birkenfeld grant we have been asked about the consequences if the funding to purchase the 25 acres is not raised?
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New Sewer Line?  The TE project was approved for 110 homes though the current developer is looking at 87 homes, requiring a pressurized sewer line running through Illahee.  This would result in increased costs for many which was discussed at a community meeting in February.
 
List of Reasons To Contribute.  The list below came from the first “Campaign to Purchase Timbers Edge” handout, which would also be the fallout if not purchased.
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Nearly 60% Raised!  With the help of the property owner over $440,000 in donations and pledges have been received!  That is great news, but it also means we have to raise the last 40%.
 
Requests Have Been Made.  We realize some significant help is needed and a number of requests have been made.  At least one of these is in the $300,000 range, and while we don’t know what will happen, we are banking on at least one of them coming through (which would put us at the same point as if we had received a Birkenfeld grant).
 
Pledges Urgently Needed.  Even if help comes, we need pledges and donations ASAP to complete the first purchase!
 
Pledges?  The benefits of pledges is they will be redeemed only if the funding level is sufficient to purchase the properties.  That is the preferred way to give at this point.  If we had received a Birkenfeld $300,000 grant or a later like gift, we would be at 95% and still would have needed to raise the last 5%.
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Undecided?  If you are still undecided let us give you a tour of the TE properties. Seeing the properties has been what has sold all those who have toured it.  Just respond to this email and we will set up a time that is convenient for you.
 
Website Traffic.  We heard the number of people accessing TheLostContinent.org website has been steadily increasing.  Was it the signs (like this one in Seattle) or the recent Kitsap Sun article by Rob Woutat?
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Online Donations?  While the TheLostContinent website is being accessed, the number of people donating through the website has not increased, which is disappointing, but at least the message is getting out.  Evidently it takes awhile for those wanting to help to take the time to initiate a donation, which is why fundraising experts say it needs to be made very easy.
 
$10,000 Donation.  Earlier this week a $10,000 donation call was received as the result of the Woutat article in the Kitsap Sun.  They had planned on giving as the result of a conversation with an IFP board member, and when they saw the article with a name and phone number, it prompted them to follow through.
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Information Packets.  New information packets have been made up and are being made available for anyone wanting to pass them out to possible contributors.  Just respond to this email or call the numbers on the cover letter below. 
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Jim Aho

Illahee 6/17/15 Birkenfeld Grant Rejected, Major Donations Urgently Needed, Can It Be Done?, Current Status, Great Give Funds Received, Who Contributes?, $340,000 Must Still Be Raised, Three Weeks Till Escrow, Kitsap Sun Article, Help Needed!

Birkenfeld Grant Rejected.  We thought we were a good fit for a Birkenfeld Trust grant, which was the only quick turn-around grant that fit our tight schedule.  We learned today that the grant committee did not select us, which is a major disappointment. 

 
Major Donations Urgently Needed.  We are now $340,000 short of what is needed to purchase the Phase 1 properties (25.5 acre) and will need some major donations to come in.
 
Can It Be Done?  We have been asked if it is at all possible for the purchase to happen?  We are working several angles and think it is still possible, but it will take some outside help from those with significant resources.
 
Current Status.  Over $77,000 (10%) has been received so far in pledges and donations!  While there were several $10,000 pledges, most of the others range from $5,000 to $200  and we have classified this as a grass roots effort so far by mostly local citizens to support saving the forest, stream, and watershed.  Some of those who are older have mentioned this as their “legacy” donation for future generations. 
 
Great Give Funds Received.  On Saturday a check came in from the Kitsap Community Foundation’s Great Give Campaign for just under $7,000 (from 31 contributors).  We had received $6515 in donations on May 5th, and KCF added $748.60 (11%) from their matching pool, but then they subtracted credit card and other fees, which brought the total to $6,939.08.  Not bad for a one day event!
 
Who Contributes?  The other day a student who wrote a report on Illahee Creek donated $20 cash, and an elderly person living on Social Security pledged $1,000 and said their roof repair could wait.  A $10,000 contribution/pledge combination came in from a cashed-out annuity.  While the big contributions are absolutely necessary for a successful purchase, it is heartwarming to see so much coming from those who aren’t wealthy and yet are willing to make substantial contributions.
 
Successful Phase 1 To Help Phase 2?  We would like to think that being successful with Phase 1 will help inspire larger donations for Phase 2.  However, with the failure to secure a Birkenfeld grant, we are now looking to major donors to help with Phase 1.
 
$340,000 Must Still Be Raised.  This past week a total of $2,000 came in in pledges, which helps, but still leaves us $340,000 still to be raised is a short time frame.
 
Three Weeks Till Escrow Start.  In order to close by the August 5, 2015 deadline, escrow must start 30 days in advance, which is July 6th, which means we have only 3 weeks to raise the remaining funds.
 
Kitsap Sun Article.  What a great article in the Kitpsap Sun on Friday by Rob Woutat!  Rob used to live in Illahee and so he knows the people and the issues.  His article helped explain where the term “The Lost Continent” came from and the name on the many signs throughout the area advertising TheLostContinent.org.  We have had several calls from the Sun article and a $500 pledge.  
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Help Urgently Needed!  We do need help from many to raise the last 45% or $340,000 of the funds for this first purchase.  We need to complete Phase 1 (25 acres) before we can even think about Phase 2 (the remaining 10.7 acres).   Below is the document we plan to distribute far and wide to garner support and the remaining funds.
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Jim Aho  (I need to let readers know that I am not an impartial reporter of information regarding the TE purchase campaign.  I, along with others, have a considerable amount of time and money invested to see if we can make these purchases happen.)