Preserve Inundated With Wood Chips. After a long drought of not being able to get any wood chips for the Illahee Preserve, the log jam broke and we are now inundated with wood chips, and they need to be moved onto the trails. See the attached photos showing the multiple piles of chips.
Work Party Workers Needed. With so many chips to move we decided to put out the call for more work party helpers. We will have some from the East Bremerton Rotary, and some from the John C. Stennis, and some from the surrounding community and the Illahee community, but we never know exactly how many will be there. We have had large work parties and others have been small. We never know how many will show up, but this time we know we have lots of chips to move, so we are asking for whoever can make it to come and help.
Multiple Tasks To Do. In addition to moving wood chips to cover the trails, we have a number of special projects. One is closing a trail by burying a log at its entrance to keep it from being re-established. We have some medium sized rocks to move to the corners of the rain garden plots. We will line the paths through the rain garden with logs and put down landscape fabric to prevent the weeds from coming through. We will weed the rain garden plots, which should be easier now that the mulch has all been distributed. We will have our volunteer botanist there to help with any plant or weed identification. We will also line the water flow path with landscape fabric and place river rock on it. Ambitious jobs that will require lots of help and if we have lots of people we should be able to finish before dusk.
Date and Time. The work party is Wednesday (8/4/10) and the time is between 5 and 5:30 pm.
Tools Needed. We will have a few wheel borrows, but will need others to bring one, along with pitch forks to load the chips.
Local Arborist Debuts Tree Book. Local Illahee Arborist Jim Trainer has a new book called “Kitsap Trees” for sale. It’s about 10 trees in the Kitsap area (2 in Illahee) and the stories about them . The cost is $10.00, plus $3.00 for shipping and tax. If anyone is interested in purchasing this interesting book, please call 360 792 2449. It has been suggested that since the Illahee Community Club is supposed to have an August meeting (date yet to be determined), that we try to have copies of Jim’s book available for purchase there.