Illahee 4/25/16 Illahee Photos, TE Purchase Option Expires, Another TE Purchase Option?, Kitsap Great Give, Audrey Boyer Memorial Service, Preserve Work Parties

Illahee Photos.   Vibrant colors and the seasonal sightings of loons.

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TE Purchase Option Expired.   Without an appropriation and without benefactors the Options Agreement to purchase the remaining 10.7 acres has essentially expired.  The closing date is May 15, 2016 but the escrow process needed to start 30 days prior, which was April 15th.

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Another TE Purchase Option?   Kitsap County is pursuing a state Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) grant to purchase the property, if the property owner will still consider selling with a later purchase date.  This is an ongoing process that needs to be resolved soon as the grant deadline is May 2, 2016. The Illahee Forest Preserve non-profit group is supporting the grant and is working to raise the anticipated $50,000 additional funds required for the purchase.

Kitsap Great Give Opportunity.   Kitsap’s Great Give is May 3rd and the Illahee Forest Preserve (IFP) is registered and in hopes of receiving donations during the campaign as there are additional funds that will be distributed depending on giving each year.  Last year there was a small but significant match which increases the size of donations.  This is a great opportunity to help the IFP and it is definitely needed at this time.

Audrey Boyer Memorial Service.  We just received word that long time Illahee resident Audrey Boyer died and that there will be a memorial service for her at the Brownsville United Methodist Church on Saturday May 7th at 3 pm.  Audrey was instrumental in saving the Illahee Preserve as you can see from the photo below and her obituary.

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Audrey Boyer, age 97, died peacefully of natural causes on April 22 at her residence in Bellevue. Born Audrey Lucille Fredrickson in Toppenish, she majored in art at the University of Washington and taught school in Castle Rock and Burlington. She loved skiing and would head for Mount Baker and other Cascade slopes on weekends. She married Lyman Albert Boyer on June 19, 1942. They settled in Bremerton where he worked as a chemical engineer in the Navy Yard and she continued to teach school, completing her Master’s in Education as she worked. She taught fourth grade at View Ridge Elementary, and English, Yearbook, Drama and Debate at East High School.

She lived for 64 years in Illahee, where she was President of the Community Club, a Democratic Party precinct committee officer and a leader in many campaigns and causes, including Amnesty International. She worked persistently and wisely at living a simple, sustainable life. Her belief in the value of education led her to encourage and support many students in completing degrees in higher education. With her former student, Washington State Speaker of the House of Representatives Frank Chopp, and many allies in Illahee, she was instrumental in getting a large tract of forest saved as the Illahee Forest Preserve.

Audrey was predeceased by her husband Lyman and by daughter Virginia Boyer, and is survived by son David Boyer, daughter Helen Boyer, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, in Washington, Oregon, Minnesota and Wisconsin. We remember her for her love of family, her love of friends, her love of nature, her generosity, her artistry, her humor, her high ideals and her hard work. Her children send heartfelt thanks to Grace Alzheimers Home Care in Bellevue, for their excellent care in her most recent years. 

A memorial service and reception will be held at the Brownsville United Methodist Church, 8811 Illahee Road NE, on Saturday, May 7, at 3 PM. The family is pleased to invite all members of the community Audrey loved so much. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to support the Illahee Forest Preserve, http://www.thelostcontinent.org/, or Amnesty International, http://www.amnestyusa.org/donate-to-amnesty.

 

Preserve Work Parties.   The first work party was the replanting of the rain garden plots at the Almira entrance to the Preserve.  The second set of photo’s is from last week’s work party (note the green shirts) with Starbucks with some of the employees coming from Seattle to help.

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Illahee 4/11/16 Missing a Cat?, Spring Photos, Big One Presentation, Reference Materials, Appropriation Failed, RCO Grant, Port Meeting Wednesday, Wildlife Photos

Missing a Cat?  “The attached photo is of a cat that’s been coming around for the past week (6000 block of Illahee Rd).  First day it showed up it was skittish and hungry.  Since, it’s coat has been getting dirtier and she is more defensive;  maybe getting used to being outside.”  Let us know if this is your cat so you can be reunited.

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Spring Photos.  So many vibrant colors this spring it is hard to pick what photos to include.

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Big One Presentation.  What a great earthquake and preparedness presentation was put on by the Kitsap Sun at the Admiral Theater on March 29th.  We are slow on reporting the success and the fact that it was recorded and was going to be shown on BKAT.
 
Reference Materials.  The earthquake meeting was so well attended the few handouts they had quickly disappeared so the Kitsap Sun provided the following information in an email:

The Danger Below Us: Our Big One

Thank you for attending the Kitsap Sun’s “Our Big One” forum at the Admiral Theatre on Tuesday! 

Our panelists shared several links and helpful resources for preparing your home and neighborhood. In case you missed them, here are some that were mentioned.

• FEMA’s Ready.gov website: Visit ready.gov for a broad range of information. To see resources on preparations for an earthquake and how to react during and after, visit https://www.ready.gov/earthquakes.To download guides that show you how to protect various aspects of your home and property in an earthquake, visithttp://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/13237?id=3260

• Kitsap County’s Department of Emergency Management website:Visit www.kitsapdem.org for information on emergency preparedness provided by the county. To learn more about the Map Your Neighborhood program, click here For information on home retrofitting, visit http://www.kitsapdem.org/bolt-it-brace-it.aspx. To see a collection of resources on preparedness, visit www.kitsapdem.org/library.aspx

Kitsap County Liquefaction Susceptibility Map: One of our audience members wanted to see a map that showed the susceptibility of liquefaction in various parts of the county. Find the Washington State Department of Natural Resources map by clicking here.

Kitsap Sun “A Year of Prepping” graphic: For a copy of the graphic that we handed out at the event, click here.

For Kitsap Sun coverage: To read our series “Our Big One”and other earthquake coverage, visit kitsapsun.com/earthquakes


 
Appropriation Failed.   A request was submitted for appropriation funding from the State Legislature for help to purchase the remaining 10.7 acres of the Timbers Edge development.  It was a tough year for funding requests and like many others, it failed.
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RCO Grant.  The Plan B was to try and obtain a Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) grant if the appropriation attempt failed, and there are people working on it as part of The Lost Continent Project Phase II.  
 
Port Meeting Wednesday.  Just a reminder the Port of Illahee meets on Wednesday at 5 pm.  Also, on Monday the Port contractor was working on the inner float.
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Wildlife Photos.  Thanks to those sending in wildlife information and/or photos.  It is why so many people have asked to receive the updates by email, so they can keep up with the wildlife sightings.  We were remiss a few weeks ago about reporting a gray whale passing through and tried to get photos but it was mostly submerged and only spouted a few times, and were weren’t quick enough with the camera.
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Illahee 3/28/16 Wildlife Photo, WYA Work Party, Earthquake Zone, Outfall Project, Information for an Update?

Wildlife Photo.  Not sure we have ever had a photo of a mouse in an update.  At the work party on Friday (described below) the cadets found a mouse and carefully moved out of the way to a safer area.  

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WYA Work Party.  Some 51 Washington Youth Academy cadets spent 7 hours each (357 hours total) on Friday spreading wood chips on trails, restoration plantings using plants removed from the reworked rain garden plots, and removing invasives, in this case Scotch Broom Sarothamnus scoparius from the Compass Circle meadow area.  Thanks to efforts like these and the coordination and supervision of the East Bremerton Rotary many say the Illahee Preserve has one of the best maintained trail systems in the county.  We were asked how many wheel barrows were used on Friday and the number was 42 with about 10 brought by Rotary members.  The rest are stored in the “go-mini” container provided and stored courtesy of United Moving and Storage.
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Earthquake Zone.  Most Illahee residents are aware the Seattle Fault line extends into Kitsap County and appears to go through the middle of Illahee and up Illahee Creek.  Some years ago when the USGS was studying the fault, one of the physicists who had a friend living in Illahee suggested she consider purchasing earthquake insurance.  More information about what should be done to prepare for the “Big One” is the subject of a presentation on Tuesday at the Admiral Theater.  See the information below from the Kitsap Sun.
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Outfall Project.  Sunrise Terrance residents have probably noticed the survey markers indicating something is being planned for their area.  The Outfall Project covered in earlier updates is part of the project.  Developers need to make periodic progress on their permits and it appears something is being planned.  Let us know if you have information that we can pass on.
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Information for an Update?  We have been asked to include information in these updates and will do so but ask that the writeup be done by the requester.  Also, we recently had a criticism that the updates are not reflective of what they think of Illahee.  We are happy to include other views and thoughts and have done so in the past.  If you provide the information we will put in an Update.  The Updates were originally started by one of the Port Commissioners and myself as an opportunity to disseminate information about what was happening in Illahee and the surrounding area.
 
Jim Aho

Illahee 3/22/16 Photos, Preserve Story Walk, Work Party Friday, Wood Chips, Preserve Rain Garden, Restoration Plantings, Preserve Photos, Port Asbestos Abatement

Photos.  A male Common Golden Eye on the beach, Canada Geese on a roof, Malards at the Preserve’s detention pond.

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Preserve Story Walk.  A filled to overflowing parking lot on Saturday indicated lots of interest in the Illahee Preserve as 110 people joined the walk.  Josh Farley’s blog coverage and photos can be accessed at:  http://pugetsoundblogs.com/bremertonbeat/2016/03/21/story-walk-the-persisting-illahee-preserve/

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Work Party Friday.  Another major work party will occur this Friday (3/25/16) at the Preserve with the Washington Youth Academy cadets.  These work parties are coordinated by the East Bremerton Rotary and the plans are to get all the major work done before a busy summer season.
 
Wood Chips.  The goal with wood chips is to have all of these piles of chips on the trails by the end of the day.
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Preserve Rain Garden.  The rain garden are being reworked by Kitsap County to handle more runoff and will be planted soon with low profile native plants.  We took a picture of a concerned rufous-sided towhee who was soon to loose his home to the work.
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Restoration Plantings.  The plants that were removed are being salvaged for other uses, with a number of them being transferred to restoration areas within the Preserve.
 
Preserve Photos.  The first two are of storm damage.  The small flowers are from an Indian Plum with the last photo of the 500 year old Douglas fir tree that was one of the stops during the Story Walk mentioned earlier.
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Port Asbestos Abatement.  Awhile back while at the Illahee community dock we noticed an abestos abatement going on in the uninhabited floors of the former Deitch house and asked to see where the asbestos was.  Turns out it was in a tiled over orange flooring in a bathroom (the first photo) and a small area of cement board in the overhead of an outside area (the second photo).  It is nice to see this proactive action by the Port to find and remove asbestos in its properties.
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Jim Aho

Illahee 3/16/16 Josh Farley Preserve Walk, Preserve Camp, Downed Trees, Float Use, Wildlife Photos, Sheriff Activity Questions Answered, Photos and Reporters Needed

Josh Farley Preserve Walk.  This Saturday should be a treat as we have heard great things about Josh Farley’s Story Walks.  We heard to day some 40 people have signed up and while they go rain or shine, the weather has been improving.

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Preserve Camp.  Some of these camps come and go without them being posted with a notice to vacate.  We think it is because Preserve users tell them there is no camping allowed in the Preserve.
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Downed Trees.  This past windstorm brought down a number of trees in the Preserve, though no big ones across the trails, just smaller ones and lots of branches.  A work crew is being assembled to clear them prior to Saturday’s walk with Josh Farley.
 
Float Use.  In the matter of an hour or so the float below had the following visitors:
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Wildlife Photos.  This afternoon we had to slow down for several pheasants crossing the road.  The Illahee North detention pond area is where these photos were taken, with the last photo showing all three of the subjects.
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Sheriff Activity Questions Answered.  On March 7th while driving along McWilliams we were passed by one Bremerton Police Car and 3 or 4 Sheriff’s Deputies and saw them parked along Sunset Avenue.  We, along with others, wondered what happened and in the CK Reporter dated March 11th the following report provided answers.
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Photos and Reporters Needed.  We always need photos and we are looking for other amature reporters to report on the Illahee Preserve and Illahee Community events.  Just send your photo or story in and we will get it out in an Update.
 
Jim Aho

Illahee 3/7/16 Photos, Raven, Wigeon Answers, Water Quality Check, Downed Trees, Preserve Dumping, Brush Pickers Caught, Meeting Minutes, Illahee Store, Amazon Donations, Wed Port Meeting

Photos.  Evergreen clematis and flowers.

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Raven.  With a number of ravens around Illahee and the Preserve, getting a good photo should be easy, but it isn’t.  This is the best we have been able to do after years of efforts.
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Wigeon Answers.   We are fortunate to have readers who can answer our questions regarding birds, such as the following amazing response we received regarding our wigeon questions.
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That is a nice side-by-side photo of the Eurasian and American wigeon in breeding plumage.  The average life span of wigeon is low because of high mortality among ducklings, only about 1.5 years.  However, the specimens you reference are mature birds.  The primary source of mortality among mature wigeon is hunting.  Banding records indicate maximum lifespans of wild American wigeon at about 21 years.  There have been very few Eurasian wigeon banded in North America due to relative scarcity.  USFW records indicate the oldest banded Eurasian wigeon when shot was eight years after banding, but their maximum lifespan is probably quite similar to the American wigeon, 20-25 years in the wild.  There is a recorded age at death of 35 years for a male Eurasian wigeon in Europe where they are far more common.  That one was probably a captive.

Most of the wigeon that winter in the Puget Sound area nest in northern Alaska.  Consequently, they suffer relative light hunting mortality.  They are not hunted heavily during the fall migration due to low human populations along their migration route.  Once they reach the Illahee area, they are relatively safe.  Interestingly, there were no wigeon at all in western Washington as of 1900.  Untold thousands winter here now.  They are the beneficiaries of human conversion of primeval forest to grassland.  Wigeon are truly “cattle with wings.”

 
Water Quality Check.  The Navy continues to monitor water quality in the area with another two week sampling in progress at the Illahee community dock.
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As part of an R&D project to improve the ability to assess the impact of  stormwater runoff, it looks like we have an opportunity to deploy some passive samplers this spring and one of the stations that we would like to deploy them at is at the Illahee Port dock. These are small devices that we can hang below the floating dock where they would be out of the way (and out of sight) of any activities on the dock. We would like to deploy them on or about March 7th or 8th and recover them after about 2-4 weeks depending on the weather.
 
Downed Trees.  Recent winds caused trees to come down with some interrupting power.  The photo below is toward the top of Ocean View and the photo below is from the Illahee Preserve.  We were hoping to get another photo that was to be sent in, but instead got the following message: 
 
I am sad to say there is no photo.  A new camera arrived the day of the storm, we came home after driving by the tree, which had just blown down on our way home. We grabbed the camera, ran to the tree, took, what we thought were several pictures.  There was no memory card in the camera-darn it!
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Preserve Dumping.  Someone dumped some English Ivy cuttings at the Thompson Lane parking lot.  Thankfully this is one problem we don’t have in the greater forested area, but do have it in some of the riparian areas the Preserve hopes to purchase some day.
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Brush Pickers Caught.  The Preserve Stewards thought brush picking season was over until today when two individuals were caught picking salal in the Preserve.  They were cited by a Kitsap County deputy and shouldn’t be seen harvesting in the Preserve again.
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Meeting Minutes.  Below are the minutes from the Illahee Community meeting held a week ago (2/29) at the Sylvan Way library. 
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Illahee Store.  After the community meeting noted above, we heard a rumor that there is an effort by a few individuals to contact the store owner and the store lien holders to see if there is a way to acquire the store as part of an Illahee 100th Anniversary project.  Let us know if you hear anything about what might be going on.
 
Amazon Donations.  For those who shop on Amazon the company will donate 0.5% of your purchases to charitable groups like the Illahee Forest Preserve non-profit group that supports the Preserve.  Information is available on their website at:  http://smile.amazon.com/gp/aw/ch/about.  We copied the first item on the FAQ website.

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.
Wed Port Meeting.  The monthly Port of Illahee Commissioner meeting is Wednesday (3/9/16) at 5 pm at the lower level of 5500 Illahee Road.  Residents and visitors are always welcome at this public meeting.
 
Jim Aho

Illahee 2/24/26 Photos, Photo Problem Identified, Community Meeting, Surveying Work Above Outfall, Work Party Report, Washington Youth Academy

Photos.  The first photo below shows a relatively rare Eurasian wigeon in this area and an American wigeon.  We think the Eurasian wigeon is the same duck we have seen in previous years, and wonder what the life span of the average wigeon is.  

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The second photo was sent to us by Pat, “….can’t resist sending this photo .. use if you wish or not .. taken from my deck.. not far from Illahee State Park.”
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Photo Problem Identified.  “We like to look at the photos, so what happened?  There was only the map photo in the last Update.”  The comment was from a friend so I explained about our concerns that we include too many photos which might cause the photos to not come through.  It appears those having problems with the photos not appearing have firewall issues, i.e., their firewall won’t let our photos be posted.  If that happens, the photos can be viewed anytime, along with past Updates, by simply viewing the illaheecommunity.com website.
 
If the missing photo comment came from a county worker then the problem is on our end. Recently the county IS started to block your photos for some reason. I can view the same email with photos on my phone with cell data. It might have something to do with security settings on your sever as they are getting pretty serious about securing our network.

 
Community Meeting.  There appear to be about 10 of these signs out in the community.  Please bring your ideas of what to do with the Illahee Store to the meeting.
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Surveying Work Above Outfall.  We received the following notice from the developer’s engineer that some work is beginning above where the Illhaee Outfall was installed last year.  It looks a development is ready to go forward and we hope the county will provide some kind of notification as it was part of an agreement with the Illahee community that notice would be provided. 
 
I just wanted to keep you in the loop and give you and the community a heads up that the project clearing limits will be staked in the next couple of weeks. There will be surveyors along the Sunrise Terrace and Berg Street ROWs.
 
Preserve Work Party Report.  This past Friday (2/19/16) a platoon of Washington Youth Academy (WYA) cadets helped clear tree debris and hauled wood chips to keep the Illahee Preserve trails well maintained.  There were 51 cadets and 4 supervisors, along with 8 volunteers (orange vests) who guided their efforts.  
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We have been questioned about how we can keep the trails so well maintained, and the answer is because of the help of volunteers like the WYA cadets and the Rotary and Preserve Stewards who coordinate the work parties.  The unofficial hours this work party worked:  WYA 358 hours, work supervisors 64 hours, for a total of 422 hours, with the Rotary providing for the required port-a-potty.  Note the fresh wood chips on the trail in the photo below.
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Washington Youth Academy.  Some information about the Washington Youth Academy appeared recently on the front page of the Kitsap Sun.
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Jim Aho

Illahee 2/22/16 The Lost Continent Phase 2, 25.5 Acres Saved, More Property in 2016?, Beyond 2016, The Benefactor Dream, Priority #1, $50,000 Min Needed, How to Help, Pledges, Community Meeting Reminder

THE LOST CONTINENT – PHASE 2.  The following information was just printed up on Thursday (2/18/16) with the map on one side and the verbiage below on the other side.   We heard the TheLostContinent.org website was going to be updated over the weekend with this new information, but evidently they are having problems.  We decided this new information was too important to hold so here it is.

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25.5 ACRES SAVED IN 2015!!!  25.5 acres of prime forest and salmon stream habitat were added to the Illahee Preserve in 2015.  Thanks to the donors who understood the importance of preserving an area so pristine and wild it has been called “The Lost Continent”.

MORE PROPERTY TO BE ADDED IN 2016?   Acquisitions and associated plans are continuing:

  • 2016   TE Phase 2 & Regional Trail Link (proposed donor, appropriation, capital campaign project)
  • 2016  Central Active Use Area and Environmental Exhibit (proposed 2016 RCO grant)
  • 2016  Wetland Buffer/Dog Park  (proposed Kitsap County/City of Bremerton project)
  • 2016  Almira Shelter/Recognition Project (Rotary Club/Illahee Preserve project)

BEYOND 2016.  Contiguous estuary, stream, forested, park type properties, along with wildlife patches are being targeted for acquisition and/or conservation easements as funding becomes available.

The DREAM – MAJOR BENEFACTOR/S!!   The dream is for a ~ $5M to $7M benefactor/’s gift (with possible naming rights).  Since the 2001 purchase of ~ $4M, ~ $1M in 2004/5, $4M in 2011 (Rolling Hills), and ~ .5M in 2015, the Preserve’s acquisitions/conservation easements goals are roughly two-thirds complete (see the green on the map).    Until a benefactor/s is found, properties like TE need to be acquired when they become available for purchase.

PRIORITY #1 – Finish TE Purchases and Regional Trail Link.  An options agreement to purchase the remaining 10.7 acres of the Timbers Edge development has been signed.  The purchase price is $933K with the property owner contributing $150K for a purchase price of $783K plus an $11,745 extension fee, which is under the appraised value of $870K. The deadline for purchase is May 15, 2016.  This is an ambitious task and will require help — major benefactor/s, an appropriation, and large gifts, or combination thereof.

$50,000 MINIMUM NEEDED FOR TE.  At a bare minimum, should requested funding come through for Timbers Edge, $50,000 needs to be raised by April 15, 2016 (to meet the May 15 closing), and even more for the other 2016 acquisitions.  (Note last year’s successful TE purchase resulted in $265K of matching funds towards a 2016 State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) grant.)

HOW TO CONTRIBUTE.  Contributions, large or small, can be made to the Kitsap Community Foundation’s (KCF) Lost Continent fund and mailed to: PO Box 3670, Silverdale, WA 98383, or online by credit card at the KCF website (credit card fees are applied):  http://tinyurl.com/nksr6lp

PLEDGES.   Pledges of $500 or more can be sent to:  Illahee Forest Preserve (IFP), 6253 East Blvd NE, Bremerton, WA 98311.  Both KCF and IFP are 501(c)3 nonprofits and donations may be tax deductible as allowed by law.  For more information visit: TheLostContinent.org or call (360) 479-1049.

Community Meeting Reminder.  Next Monday (2/29/16) at 6:30 pm there will be a community meeting at the Sylvan Way library to discuss what can be done about the sad state of the Illahee Store.

Jim Aho

Illahee 2/18/16 Spring is Here, Preserve Work Party Friday, Illahee Store Meeting 2/29, Store Information?, Illahee’s 100th Birthday, Lost Continent Phase 2, Photo Problems, Skunk?

Spring is Here.  Just one photo to show spring has arrived in Illahee.

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Preserve Work Party Friday.  Lots of action scheduled tomorrow (2/19/16) at the Illahee Preserve when over 50 cadets from the Washington Youth Academy (WYA) will arrive to help with many tasks, including helping with the cleanup after the Preserve was hit hard with downed trees during winter storms.  Thanks to the Rotary Club of East Bremerton for coordinating and arranging with the WYA.
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Illahee Store Meeting 2/29.  The Illahee Community non-profit group will hold their first quarterly meeting of the year on Monday February 29th at 6:30 pm at the Sylvan Way Library. The purpose of the meeting will be to figure out what can be done with the Illahee Store.  The community is getting frustrated and there are many who would like to see something done, so this meeting is planned to be a call to action.  
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Store Information?  If you have information regarding the store, the gas tanks, or any related issue, please bring them.  Also, if anyone knows the owner of record David Krick, it would be nice to invite him to see what his plans are.
 
Illahee’s 100th Birthday.  If you look at the inscription at the bottom of the flag pole it says Illahee was established in 1916, which would make 2016 the centennial year.  At a recent Port meeting Commissioner Magill suggested the celebration be part of the Port’s annual Illahee Day, which is scheduled for August 13th this year.
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Lost Continent Phase 2.  Some amazing things were accomplished in 2015 and now we hear of an effort to complete the Phase 2 purchase of Timbers Edge. The Illahee Forest Preserve non-profit is looking for helpers with the website, a mailer, a donor list, and other jobs associated with a capital campaign.  This is an all volunteer effort by community members and other interested persons.  Let us know if you are able to help and we will pass the information on.
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Photo Problems?  After our last update someone reported the photos in the Update didn’t come through so we are wondering if others had a similar problem.  We have tried not to include as many photos in this update if that was the problem.
 
Skunk?  More reports of skunk smells in the evening so let us know if anyone has seen one.  
 
Jim Aho

Illahee 2/8/16 Photos, Early Flowers, Port Meeting on Wed, IFP Statement, Mussel Cage Retrieved, Preserve Dumping, Lost Cat, Skunk?

Photos.  We have been asked to always include photos of Illahee, and whenever possible wildlife photos.  If you have some to share just forward them to us. 

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Early Flowers.  These were taken a number of days ago.  After this week there should be more showing up.
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Port Meeting on Wed.  The Port meets on Wednesday at 5 pm at 5500B Illahee Road lower level by the entrance to the dock.  The public is welcome and encouraged to attend as the Port is entirely funded by Illahee tax payers.  
 
IFP Statement.  We received a statement from the Illahee Forest Preserve (IFP) treasurer because we sent in a gift to them instead of the Kitsap Community Foundation (KCF) to help purchase some of the Timbers Edge property. Below is the statement and thought it might be of interest to readers.
IFP Statement
Mussel Cage Retrieved.  On Sunday evening the mussel cage that has been holding mussels that have been sampling the marine waters this winter, was retrieved and the mussels sent to the lab for testing.  We will let you know about the results when they come out.
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Preserve Dumping.  It is always disappointing when we find illegal dumping like this at the Preserve.  Thanks to all the volunteers who clean up these messes.
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Lost Cat.  Another posting of a lost animal. 
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Skunk?  For the past week we have a person reporting the smell of skunk around their house about the same time each evening.  This is a first we’ve heard of possible skunks in Illahee so let us know if you see or know of one.
 
Jim Aho