>End of Year Items – 12/29/08


Letter to Editor re Community Plan. We are sending a short letter to the editor regarding the Illahee Community Plan. Since they don’t always publish our letters we wanted you to see what we wrote.


In a 12/16 letter we expressed concern that community self determination was at risk and noted the County Commissioners vote on the Illahee Community Plan would be revealing.

And it was —

– It revealed their support for community plans when they unanimously approved the Illahee Plan.

– It revealed their work on more comprehensive county issues when they removed commercial sections from the Plan.

– It revealed three dedicated and involved commissioners working to get Illahee’s Plan right.

We are impressed with their modifications and awareness of the issues, and we thank them.

Plan Celebration. When the changes made by the Commissioners are incorporated and the final approved Plan is complete and printed, we are planning on having a celebration. The time and location are yet to be determined. We are trying to locate a facility in Illahee for the party and we are open for any suggestions. (Note that the annual party held by the Illahee Forest Preserve will be part of the Plan celebration.)

Illahee Community Club 2009. It is time to re-up your Illahee Community Club dues for 2009. The dues are an inexpensive $10 per family unit as we want to have a many resident members as possible. You may ask what you get for your membership? An active and involved group of citizens working to preserve and protect Illahee. You can see what was done in 2008 in the paragraphs below and know that once they get beyond the legal issues they are planning to move on to more productive items that are being considered by the ICC board of directors.

2008 Community Accomplishments. There was first of all the support for the Illahee Community Plan. Next was the likely settlement of the Stormwater Outfall of the Illahee Community Dock. The Outfall issue has been costly in time, energy, and money but the settlement will provide for cleaner stormwater for Puget Sound, and some recharge of the aquifers. The community worked with the Port of Illahee on the Outfall Appeal and also supported the Port of Illahee’s stormwater grant with the Department of Ecology. Finally, there was the appeal of aspects of the Timbers Edge project. Community members met with the developer to see if he would consider reducing the number of homes and using septics rather than sewers to minimize the impact on Illahee Creek. When he rejected the proposal the community proceeded with the environmental appeal and hired expert witnesses to document problem areas. They solicited funds from residents and together with the Outfall appeal have spent nearly $20,000 this year, almost all associated with legal costs.

Appeal for Funds. They are down to $180 and have the December closing argument bill that will come due in January 2009 and need to appeal to residents to help with the legal fund. They are doing so at the end of 2008 in case there are those who would like to contribute now in order to take a tax deduction on their 2008 taxes. Make checks payable to the Illahee Community Club Legal Fund and sent to the ICC, PO Box 2563, Bremerton, WA 98310. Your support is appreciated and needed.

Timbers Edge Closing Arguments. We have obtained pdf file copies of the Timbers Edge closing arguments and will be putting them up on the community website illaheecommunity.com soon. (We tried to attach them to this update but the files were too big.) Two are from the ICC attorney with the first file representing Kitsap County Code issues and the second representing State Environmental Protection Act (SEPA) issues. A reading of these documents helps one understand why the legal costs are high. The other file is the applicant’s attorney.

Hearing Examiners Decision Date? We expect the decision from the Hearing Examiner sometime in January 2009. This examiner nearly 100% of the time sides with developers and the county so we don’t want to get anyones expectations up too high. The Club expects they will probably need to appeal the decision to the County Commissioners, who nearly always side with the Hearing Examiner. The next step would be to decide if there should appeal to Superior Court. We have been told the Club has been preparing for a possible Superior Court appeal from the beginning and all that would be needed would be the community’s support and the funding.

Wildlife Updates. We know residents prefer wildlife updates and we have some more hummingbird input to pass on soon.

Jim Aho

>Illahee Christmas Present: Community Plan Approved – 12/24/08

>Illahee Christmas Present. The County Commissioners gave Illahee a nice Christmas present yesterday when they approved the Illahee Community Plan.

Afternoon Meeting. The Commissioners met on Tuesday afternoon rather than Monday evening because of the weather and road conditions. Tuesday’s conditions were better for getting around and at least four Illahee residents made it to the meeting in spite of some who are still snowed in.

Commercial Corridor Removed. The Commissioners made several changes to the Plan with the most significant being the removal of the Highway 303 commercial corridor, which covers a three quarter mile strip north of Riddell Road, or about 120 acres. The resolution was a little confusing as one section of the resolution read to remove the area from Riddell to Fuson, which would be a half mile strip or 80 acres, and which was reported in the Kitsap Sun article, and another part of the resolution stated to remove the commercial corridor. From the maps presented we know it is the entire commercial corridor and the 120 acres that was removed from the Illahee community boundary. (We realize this is a technical issue, but for the more detailed person we wanted to clarify any confusion early on.)

Impact of the Removal. We have had differing opinions on the removal. Dennis Sheeran and myself, the co-chairs of our early efforts, are of the opinion that this is not a detriment to the Plan, and in some respects makes the Plan easier for the community to work with. We will let others who disagree with us give their side in a later update.

Updated Plan. The Plan will need to revised to make the Commissioner’s changes, which means all the maps will need to be updated to reflect the new boundaries. As soon as that happens we will post it on our website illaheecommunity.com.

Commissioners Need to be Thanked. Those who attended the meeting were impressed by our County Commissioners’ thoughtful changes and comments regarding the Plan. Each one of them commented on the Plan and the reasons for their changes which would be good to listen to when the meeting is rebroadcast on BKAT. Their actions and reasoned remarks indicated they had spent time looking over even the smaller details which in the end improved an already good Plan. They support community efforts like ours, they worked well together, and we are fortunate to have such good and dedicated Commissioners representing us. Thank you Commissioners Josh Brown, Steve Baurer, and Jan Angel!

County Staff Needs to be Thanked. We also need to thank the County Staff who took our community generated drafts and ran them through the county departments and through the public process, in order to make them compliant with County Code and county procedures. Special thanks to Katrina Knutson, our county planner; Scott Diener, her supervisor, and Larry Keaton, DCD Director. We also need to thank Cindy Read in advance, the map person, who worked all the maps and who will likely be working the revisions.

Website Comments. We are trying to institute a community blog site where Ilahee residents can comment on local issues. Our Illahee Community Updates are put on our website http://illaheecommunity.blogspot.com/ and there is a place to comment.

Kitsap Sun Article and Comments. We would also like to thank the Kitsap Sun and specifically Brynn Grimley for their coverage of the Illahee Community Plan. Brynn’s article is in today’s paper (Wednesday 12/24/08) and can be accessed on the web. There is a place to comment at the bottom of the article and it is always interesting to see these comments as they are from a more county wide perspective.

Final Thanks to Illahee Residents. We also want to thank Illahee residents for their great support of the Illahee Community Plan. We had approximately a hundred and fifty residents involved in one capacity or another with the Plan and we thank you. There were about a hundred who signed their name to the document. For some it has been a three year endeavor and it is nice to have it finally approved.

Merry Christmas!

Dennis Sheeran & Jim Aho

>Miscellaneous Items – 12/21/08


A Day Late. This email is a day late as a Fir tree branch took down our Comcast internet line on Sunday and they just got through splicing the line late on Monday.

Commissioner’s Meeting Delayed to Tuesday. The County Commissioner’s meeting that was scheduled for Monday evening will be held on Tuesday at 1 pm. This is the meeting where the Commissioners will be voting on the Illahee Community Plan. The county offices will be closed on Monday because of the inclement weather.

Timbers Edge Closing Arguments. The closing arguments for the Timbers Edge project were due this past Friday (12/19/08). We will see if we can get copies of both sides arguments to pass on, since they are public records.

Illahee Community Boundaries. We have had added a number of new email addresses and some have wondered what the exact boundaries of the Illahee Community are. The map is also available here on the Illahee community website.

Snow Photos. We received some snow photos and rather than try to attach all of them we have chosen one to attach and the rest are available by clicking on this link.

Additional Hummingbird Information. We have been surprised at the number of people reporting on hummingbirds. We have three more reports.

I noticed what seemed to be a small swarm of hummingbirds out my eastern window about three days ago. The same day I noticed a hummingbird sitting on a feeder looking lethargic and then it fell off. I looked out on the deck and couldn’t find it. In the mean time I started a vigil of keeping the feeder food in a liquid form and pulling our two feeders into the house at night. Day before yesterday I saw another hummingbird fall off the feeder and ran out to see if I could find it. There it was. I placed it in a towel and shoebox and brought it into the house. It was ready to leave within 15 minutes. I held it in my hand and it flew away. LaRae called a veterinarian to ask if we were doing the right thing. She was referred to a wildlife rescue (206 855-9057). They told her not to use sugar water and to use commercial hummingbird food because it has nutrients that the other does not have. Also, they said that some hummingbirds do go away for the winter but others choose to stay in the Puget Sound area.

Use at my hummingbird feeder was active all day today. The sugar/water solution (mixed a little rich for the cold weather) freezes at about 23 or 24 degrees, at which point I bring it into the house for a brief warm-up.

We have an interesting situation at our house where we have one dominate male hummingbird that has decided the birdfeeder is his very own and he is not about to share it. He sits on a tree branch about 20 feet away and guards the feeder attaching any other hummingbird that comes near. He sits there nearly all day watching the feeder ready to fly whenever another bird comes near. We decided to set out another feeder some distance away to see if some of the smaller hummingbirds will use it, or if he will chase them away from that one too.

Keep Sending Us Information. Keep on sending us information and we will pass it on.

Jim Aho

>More Bird Information – 12/20/08


We had several more comment on how timely the hummingbird information was.

We received a phone call about a hummingbird who was at a bird feeder and fell over onto the ground. The person picked it up and put it in a box and brought it inside. After awhile it evidently warmed up and became active and they released it outside.

A similar type of story as the previous entry was received.

A very timely subject! I had a humming bird going into hypothermia today. Usually the ones that winter over, they tell you to not worry if they go stiff on a branch, it is normal and often they thaw out and go on their way. This was different, I had one guy going to sleep on the feeder, fluffed out and not moving. I actually went out and picked him off the feeder with my hand, and warmed the little guy up. I put him on the porch with the fushia, we have it behind some plastic (it seems to make it through the cold that way) and the little guy then flew on out into the open air. Within the hour he was back on the feeder, again motionless. As I watched, a bigger one literally knocked him off the perch, and he fell to the ground. I went out to check, and he was sitting in the snow, addled.

He’s now in my room, I’m letting him fly around in here, and hung a feeder just for him from my overhead lamp. Had to put him in a cage as the sun went down, as he fell to the floor and was hiding, I was afraid I’d squish him. He seems to be a very young naive bird, and when the snow melts, I’ll try putting him back out again. I hate to interfer with Nature, but a cat would have had him anyway.

I brought my feeder in twice today, and set it near a heating vent, it melted in a half hour, and out it went again. It’s my understanding that hummers also eat bugs, so the feeders are not their only source of food.

We had a report of a number of different kinds of birds at a bird feeder today.

Birds at my feeders today (black sunflower seed and suet):

  • Varied thrushes
  • Mourning doves
  • Pileated woodpeckers
  • Oregon juncoes
  • Red breasted nuthatches
  • Chestnut backed chickadees
  • Black capped chickadees
  • Stellars jay
  • Downy woodpecker
  • Red shaftted flicker
  • Song sparrow
  • Song sparrow
  • Hairy woodpecker
  • Rufous sided towhees

We inquired about the Audubon’s Christmas bird count and found it was postponed today because of the poor road conditions due to inclement weather until January 4, 2009. If anyone wants to participate they should contact Vic Ulsh at 479-6900.

Jim Aho

>Humming Bird Response – 12/19/08


Quick Response. We received three quick emails regarding wintering hummingbirds in response to the photo and the person who was wondering what to do about about her hummingbird sugar water freezing.

Saturday Bird Count. Saturday is the day scheduled for the Audubon’s Christmas bird count, which we presume is going on today. So it is appropriate that we cover one of our local Puget Sound birds on this day.

Response #1

We put out our humming bird feeder and have a visitor.

Response #2

Hi, Jim…In regards to feeding the humming birds, we have had 4 or 5 that stayed over the last few years. In freezing weather we bring the feeder in after dark and put it back out early in the morning. Also the feeder is hanging under the eves on the southeast side of the house, so it gets some protection. It also helps to keep the feeder full. If you keep the feeder out and full after you think the season is over, they will stay around, but you must keep feeding them once you start.

Response #3

It occurs to me I hadn’t yet sent you the attached photos of the male Annas hummingbird I mentioned. The little Annas humming bird has taken up residence in our backyard this winter. The photos were taken from 400mm lens last Tuesday afternoon when skies were sunny and bright.

My wife and I are rotating two humming bird feeders to keep them from thawing, then bring them in at night. We put the feeder out at day break and within 30 seconds the hummer is at the feeder. Annas area known to winter-over in Puget Sound area, but this is a first for us.

Apparently, the Annas humming birds can go into a torpid state which is essentially short term hibernation overnight during sub-freezing temperatures, then wake themselves up in morning. It’s remarkable these little guys can survive in such frigid temperatures. We’re mixing at just over 2 parts water to 1 part sugar for winter time feeding. It helps the juice from freezing so fast. So far, so good.

Thank you for your input and the photos.

Jim Aho

>Snow Photos – 12/19/08


We received some photos taken in Illahee on Thursday 12/18/08. Please send us any photos you want to share and if you want credit let us know, so in case they get picked up by others, you will receive the credit.

The first ones are of an accident at the corner of McWilliams and Sunset that occurred Thursday afternoon.

The bird photo is of a humming bird that evidently decided to stay put over the winter. We will try to get more information from the person who is feeding it, like how do they keep the sugar water from freezing.

The picture of the sledding group was from the top of Roosevelt Street.

Jim Aho

>Wildlife Update – 12/9/08


Seedlings Dispersed in the Preserve. Approximately 20,000 Douglas fir seeds were dispersed in the Illahee Preserve recently. These seeds fall naturally from the fir trees, but can also be spread throughout an area by just spreading them about. Only a portion of them will actually take root, and an even small percentage will actually grow to any size. Jim Trainer, our local Illahee forester, tells us that approximately 50% will be eaten by birds and squirrels, and the remainder will take root. JIm also has done seedings and said it is easy to do and sent us a picture of the spreader and a bag of seeds, which we were unable to attach because it is part of a gallery. You can access Jim’s photo at this link.

Preserve Trees. The Illahee Preserve does have a few big trees in it. Most of the marketable timber in the Preserve was logged in the 1930’s except for a few large Western Red Cedar, a number of Western White Pine that probably weren’t marketable, and and at least one large Douglas Fir in the Preserve that is over 6 feet in diameter in the northeast section.

Illahee Preserve. We often get inquiries and comments about the Illahee Preserve. People comment that they are amazed at the size, approximately 460 acres and the quality of the trails in the Preserve. A map project was completed last summer with the help of the architectural firm of Rice-Fergus-Miller. Some information about the Preserve is on the community website which is illaheecommunity.com. We will try to get some more up-to-date information about the Preserve to pass on.

Decline In Waterfowl Numbers? Some of the oldtimers and not-so-oldtimers have noticed what appears to be declines in the numbers of waterfowl in the area. That has been our observations also. Below is an email we recently received.

We came here in October of 1999 to live in the home of my grandparents. At that time the bay was full of hundres of scoters, goldeneyes and widgeons. I remember that fall being warm. As the years have progressed, we are now seeing fewer and fewer water fowl. There were so many widgens up until last year that they would wake us in the night while they fed off the shore line, now there are only a few.

Puget Sound Partnership Notes Waterfowl Declines. We recently went to a presentation by Sara Lingafelter, the local representative for the Partnership, who noted that they have documented a decline, not only in fish numbers, but also in marine waterfowl numbers. We can’t remember if they provided percentages, but will try to find out.

Enjoy the Low Night-time Winter Tides. There is a local opportunity to do an evening beach walk on Thursday with Beach Naturalists who were trained this past year by Jeff Adams of the UW SeaGrant program. Attached is the email we received today (Tuesday) regarding the beach walk.

Hello All- The winter brings wonderful low night tides, and the first of three Kitsap Beach Naturalist led winter beach walks is upon us (see attached flyer). The walk is this Thursday (Dec 11) at the Lions Park boat launch in Bremerton 7:30-9:30. Thursday’s walk is the lowest tide of the three (-3.3 by the end of the walk). For a map…

The weather looks to be fabulous and should allow the full moon help light our way. Bring a flashlight or headlamp, rubber boots and warm clothes to explore this fabulous and biologically diverse beach.

The beach walks are hosted by the Kitsap beach Naturalists and People for Puget Sound. Please invite your friends and family and we’ll see you on the beach! JEff
Jeff Adams – jaws@u.washington.edu
Marine Water Quality Specialist
Washington Sea Grant – Kitsap
University of Washington
345 6th Street, Suite 550
Bremerton, WA 98337-1874

Thanks to all who keep passing information on.

Jim Aho

>Now Waiting for Illahee Community Plan Decision – 12/7/08


Thank You For Your Support. We want to thank those who supported of the Illahee Community Plan.

Commissioners Decide on December 22. The Commissioners held their public hearing on November 24 and kept the written record open until this last Friday, December 5th. Thanks to the 50 plus Illahee residents who attended the hearing and to those who sent in emails and letters of support.

Photos of November 24th Hearing. Attached are photos of the hearing that were taken by John Lind. The last one is of Audrey Boyer, who at age 91, got up and spoke before the Commissioners in favor of the Illahee Community Plan.

Kitsap County Community Plan

Liaison Katrina Knudson

Illahee resident Judith Krigsman

Illahee resident John Lind

Kitsap County Commissioners

Illahee resident Audrey Boyer

The Public Process is Complete. The public process for community or subarea plans is now complete and now we wait for the decision by the County Commissioners. We have done all we can do and now we hope for a favorable decision.

Excerpts From Letter to the Commissioners. Some of you sent in emails to the Commissioners and provided us copies. We have taken excerpts from some of the emails we received and included them below.

We have watched neighbors with many differing views on everything from politics to the environment come together to work for the common good of the community.

We also have been amazed at the generosity of the community. Rather than requesting services from the county, the community has been willing to volunteer to work on and pay for community projects.

We have watched a community website come into being and a website advisory group emerge to help keep it up and make sure it represented community interests.

We also think it noteworthy to state that there has been very little opposition from within the Illahee community itself. We think that speaks well of the considerable efforts to involve all community groups in the nearly three years the process has taken.

Very few Kitsap communities have a combination of uniqueness , a concerned citizenry and their support and the enterprise to entertain the notion that we must object and fight against the ONE SIZE FITS ALL mentality of growth management. Illahee is among them. The Illahee community and the BOCC, via the able planning staff at DCD have completed a plan fulfills that uniqueness and that merits your approval.

Those in opposition to our plan, do not live here in our unique geologically rich area with our steep slopes , our ravines, our forest preserve, our Creek, and, oh yes, our storm water run off problems from irresponsible upslope development.

We have lived in Illahee for over twenty years and I am concerned about its future, and how unregulated over-development will degrade my property’s value and the special, fragile nature of our community. This place that I love and call home.

I am asking for your support of this plan and support of the people who live in this very special, blessed place.

When the development of a community plan began to emerge in 2006, volunteers spent considerable time and energy reviewing other recently-approved or in-process sub-area plans as well as local, state, and federal laws related to zoning, transportation, environment, and infrastructure. This research was critical to ensure Illahee’s plan was in compliance with current regulations. Other volunteers spent time researching local historical records to get a sense of the significance of our community to the Native Americans and early settlers who called Illahee home. Throughout the process, numerous community members readily provided input and shared historical perspectives and photos. As a result, the Illahee Community Plan successfully blends the past, present, and future so that prospective residents, like those from earlier times, can take pleasure in some of the same idyllic surroundings current citizens now enjoy.

Local governments encourage its citizens to become involved in their community in order to promote a spirit of cooperation and friendship, a shared vision for safe neighborhoods, a pride in home maintenance, and an appreciation for the environment. Illahee is blessed with hundreds of acres of green space, three miles of pristine shoreline, and active wildlife corridors and streams. Citizens are determined to protect these lands inherited from early settlers while encouraging reasonable growth. What better demonstration of a community’s identity and purpose then its own community-developed plan?

I am writing in support of the Illahee Community Plan. I believe the plan is a solid foundation for future development of the Illahee area and allows the community to retain those features which make it so unique. I am a current member of the Illahee CAG and attended most of the planning meetings that were scheduled with our Kitsap County planners. Our planners were very responsive to requests for more information when it was needed and expertly guided us through the process to make sure our Illahee Plan was in compliance with existing codes and laws while balancing with the wants and needs of the community at large.

I am very proud of the fact that both the community and the County made the plan very public and at anytime any citizen could have voiced their opinion. Information was provided both on the Illahee Community website as well as the Kitsap County website. There were also several articles in the Kitsap Sun throughout the process. Mailings were done by both the Community and the County. Multiple emails were sent out during the process to anyone who requested to stay updated on the Illahee Plan. It was a very open and public process.

I, as well as many Illahee residents, have been working on an Illahee Community Plan for more than three years. We started with about 70 Illahee residents and have increased to over 120 active contributors of information and volunteers. It has been an honor to work with such an active, involved and considerate group of people. They have displayed thoughtfulness and consideration for the Illahee Forest, Puget Sound waters and Shoreline, Illahee creek, the Illahee community and neighbors not to mention Kitsap County.

The purpose of the Illahee Community Plan is for the community to define itself and determine the future of Illahee. I believe we have developed a sound, cohesive and Community/County acceptable plan.

We would like to take this time to comment on the Illahee Community Plan in the most favorable light. For the following reasons, we support and applaud the efforts of this project on the behalf of Kitsap County DCD and the many residents of Illahee who gave support and structure to a product which will form the basis of community ideas and a sharing of vision for the future of their community. Three years of community planning went into this project by community residents who strongly felt the need to be active participants. (This was followed by the listing of 12 specific reasons, too long to list here.)

I just wanted to show my enthusiastic support for the Illahee Community Plan and give my input on the letter “RE: Illahee Community Plan” sent to the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners dated October 3, 2008 and signed by Richard A. Brown, Government Affairs Chairperson, Kitsap County Association of REALTORS

I am not responding to their opinions of “what’s wrong with the plan” sections, as others can better address those. The Illahee Community is unusually strong in its ability to unite and communicate with each other. We use several methods for disseminating information throughout the community:

Postings on roadways, hand-delivered invitations to participate, continuously updated e-mail reports on community interests (not only for this plan but for anything we find interesting such as Wildlife Reports), US mail, Web sites, word of mouth, and community meetings. I am strongly in favor of working with the County to further preserve our natural resources and beautiful community through this Illahee Community Plan and have been actively involved and well-informed about each step even though I am severely handicapped and often home-bound, thus showing that most of those not involved in this planning process were simply not interested or did not have the time to do so. There has been no selective inclusion or exclusion from any of our community groups and activities but rather the opposite, with a reaching out to try and include as many and diverse a representation as possible.

Note: There were other emails forwarded to us, but this is a representative sample of what we know was sent to the Commissioners. We will try to find out just what the public response was, both for and against, and report back later.

Jim Aho

>Wildlife Update – 12/6/08


Wildlife Updates. We have added some new email addresses and need to explain that feedback tells us that wildlife reports are what people like most about the updates. We depend on your passing the information on to us and we thank those who passed on this information. If you want credit for your stories and pictures, let us know as we presume anonymity.

Seals. Last year we had about 20 seals on one of local floats, this year a few less with about 15 seen every morning. As the seals leave the float the cormorants take their place.

Sea Lions. We have only seen one sea lion this year, whereas last year there were many seen feeding on small salmon.

Ravens. Periodically the ravens can be seen flying near the shoreline. We haven’t seen them fly over the water yet and we mostly see them around the Illahee Preserve.

Mergansers. Only a few Red-breasted Mergansers have been sighted this year along the Illahee shoreline.

Scoters. The Surf Scoters are back in about the same numbers as last year. They are the ones that make the whistling noise when they take off. They are usually out in deeper water as they are deep divers and feed on shellfish.

Mallards. There is a flock of about 30 mallards that seem to be making the Illahee North detention pond their winter home.

Wigeon. The American Wigeon are common visitors to the nearshore area and local ponds. We used to see big numbers at Schutt’s Point and they could be seen flying away whenever an eagle would fly over.

Golden Eyes. This area seems to be a wintering spot for both the Common Golden Eye and the Barrows Golden Eye. We had a report on Saturday of a large flock of the Barrows Golden Eye along the northern Illahee waterfront. Earlier in the week we had a few Common Golden Eyes north of the Illahee Community Dock.

Cormorants. The cormorants are back this winter, as stated earlier, spending most of the day on area floats.

Bald Eagles. There are at least two regular Bald Eagles frequenting the Illahee waterfront. We had a report a few weeks ago of a Bald Eagle chasing down a seagull. This was a first for that long time waterfront resident.

Deer. At the County Commissioners’ hearing for the Illahee Community Plan our planner, Katrina Knutson, noted that she saw an albino deer while looking over the area for the View Protection Zone. We just had a picture sent to us earlier this week of two deer, one of which is partially white, which we are attaching.

Send Reports and Pictures. Please send us your reports and pictures of wildlife and we will try to forward them on.

Jim Aho