>The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. The Illahee Preserve is confronted regularly with “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly,” (the title of a Clint Eastwood western from years ago) and this season is proving no different.
The ‘Good’ Items First. Some really good items recently have been the installation of new trail signs by Justin McAlister for his Eagle Scout project, and the completion of a new trail map and brochure by the architectural firm of Rice, Fergus and Miller. The first batches of the brochure were printed up and will be placed in the new information boxes at Almira and Thompson Lane that Justin installed as part of his trail sign project. We also heard today that the Rotary Club of East Bremerton is scheduling work parties in January to take care of the wood chips that have been delivered, primarily in the parking lot at Thompson Lane. We also heard that this past weekend another 9 trees were removed from the trails by the Rotary’s volunteer trail crew, making a total of 41 trees removed (by both Rotary and Stewardship crews) that came down across trials from December storms. Without volunteers like these the Preserve would not have such a great area for hiking, biking and wildlife. Thanks to all those who help with the ‘good’ for the Preserve.
The ‘Bad.’ We also heard today that the brush pickers have shown up again. Attached is the email message we received tonight (12/27/10) indicating this person’s frustrations.
Let us know if you have any ideas that we can pass on to the Stewardship Committee or the Park’s Department.
The ‘Ugly.’ We regularly deal with what some have called anarchists in the Preserve, i.e., those who are intent on destroying the good that has been done. Within less than a week after the trail signs were installed, at least 7 of them were removed and are nowhere to be found. Also, in the last few days one of the recently installed restoration signs was “ripped out of the ground” and evidently hauled away.
The New Brochure. We have attached the pdf file (FRONT) (BACK) for the new brochure and thank all those who keep this information up-to-date, and then print it at no cost to the tax payers. As we have stated before, the Illahee Preserve is nearly a completely volunteer effort to plan, support and maintain a major Kitsap County park and wildlife Preserve. Again, THANK YOU volunteers and supporters, and in anyone is interested as they consider their tax situation, the Illahee Forest Preserve is a 501.c.3 non-profit corporation dedicated to the support of the Illahee Preserve, and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.