Illahee Community Update 8-29-11 Orca Picture, Seals, Peach Eating Squirrel, Website, & Wednesday Work Party

Saturday Orcas. While we were putting out a Saturday Update about the sighting of orcas on Friday, the orcas were out front playing around.  Our neighbor was out picking berries at the beach around 11 am when she heard a blowing sound, and turned around to see the orcas playing in the area north of the Illahee community dock.

Orca Picture. We were happy later to receive the attached picture with email below.  They later sent a video clip, but we were unable to open it and are still trying to figure out what program to use to be able to see it.

We didn’t see the whales (3 of them) on Friday, but we did on Saturday morning at around 9:30 am.  They were just a little north of the Illahee community dock traveling north.  We got a good view, but didn’t get a chance to whip the camera out.  We decided to try to follow them so we drove north and got the following camera shot between Brownsville and Keyport.  It’s not great because they were so far away, but it’s something.  We drove to the Agate Bridge thinking they were headed out, we looked for a while, but didn’t see anything.  By the time we got home we had heard they were in Sinclair Inlet.  So I guess they decided to turn around.  So we went in a boat into Sinclair Inlet, and didn’t see anything.  They kept avading us!

we also captured this video.  Quality is poor, but it’s still evidence of the orcas.  That’s what you get with a two-year-old tugging on your leg and a poor camera. :)

Seals Back on Monday. For those who were worried about our local seals being eaten by the orcas, the seals were back on their favorite float Monday morning.

Squirrels Eating Peaches. We also heard that deer are not the only animals eating peaches, as a gray squirrel was seen nibbling on one.  They said it was eating the underside, while the crows tend to eat the topside.  And we guess the deer eat the center portion, based on the photo that was included in the last update.

Updates on Website. We are in the process of updating our website,, as we have mentioned in other Updates.  Previous updates can be viewed and commented on at the website.

Wednesday Illahee Preserve Work Party. The Rotary Club (of East Bremerton) is hosting a work party on Wednesday evening beginning at 4 pm.  They are expecting the Washington Youth Academy to be there in full force to help move wood chips to the trails, and are looking for any extra wheel barrows that can be borrowed.

Flyover Funding Status. The Illahee Forest Preserve notes that they are steadily moving toward their $600 goal in support of a flyover of Illahee as part of the Illahee film project currently underway.  They have reached $425 in commitments as of Monday evening and they want to thank everyone for the encouragement in helping with the film.

Jim Aho

Illahee Community Update 8-27-11 Orca Sighting & More Film Project Info

Orca Whale Sighting in Illahee. Friday evening shortly after 6 pm, at least 3 orcas were sighted in Illahee.  They were seen moving north, then turning around just north of the Illahee community dock, and going south.  Several noted they tried to get photos, but were unsuccessful.  If you know anyone who was able to get a picture, please let us know.  Attached is the link to the article in the Kitsap Sun: Orcas seen swimming in Sinclair Inlet

More Flyover Information. The cinematographer who will be filming Illahee on his way over the the Olympic Peninsula has done many Hollywood films.  The attached link lists the films he has been involved with:

Check this out. This is the guy that will be filming Illahee… Wow he has

done a ton of hollywood films…

Flyover Donations Needed. The Illahee Forest Preserve non-profit group still need donations to pay for this flyover and film and are trying to do this with contributions in the $25 to $50 range, and appreciate your support.  They were encouraged when someone outside of the Illahee community heard of the flyover project and talked to them at the Kitsap County Fair and then gave $25 to help.  They agreed that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Flyover Route 1. The proposed route for the flyover would be to come straight west into Illahee showing the community’s 3 miles of shoreline at an oblique angle, similar to the above photo, and a flyover of the shoreline from the Cheney Estates to University Point.

Flyover Route 2. Route 2 would be to fly up the mouth of Illahee Creek, and then probably veer to the north toward the golf course and the 134 acres of the Illahee Creek watershed north of McWillams Road where most of the storm water comes from that surges down the creek carrying sediment that clogs the culvert and pollutes the Sound.

Flyover Route 3. This would be the reverse of Route 2, which would show the path that stormwater would take as it flows down Illahee Creek and into Puget Sound.

Film Title? The title being proposed for the film is “Illahee – Saving Puget Sound One Watershed at a Time” with the film showing what the community has done to preserve and restore Illahee Creek and the Illahee Creek watershed, along with a brief history of Illahee and the community.

Jim Aho

Illahee Community Update 8-25-11 Flyover, Illahee Day, Garden Tour, Scout Project, Fair, Peach Eating Deer

Flyover 99% For Sure. We heard from our filmmaker, Shelly Solomon, that the flyover over Illahee is 99% for sure and the date will be sometime in September.  They are deciding on what helicopter to use so now we need to come up with the rest of the funding.  The IFP is halfway to their now $600 goal and any contributions are greatly appreciated.  Checks should be made out to the Illahee Forest Preserve (IFP), which is the non-profit corporation that supports the Illahee Preserve.  Contributions can be mailed to the IFP Treasure who is Don Jahaske,  at P.O. Box 3047, Bremerton, WA 98310.  The $25 and $50 contributions are making a difference.  Thank you!!

Illahee Day. Lots of accomplishments last Saturday during Illahee Day.  John Lind was there with his camera and captured some of the action.  We have included a couple of his photos, and hope to put more on the revised website, that is in transition and in the process of being updated.

Illahee Store Cleanup. We heard that a couple of local residents found out that the dumpster for the Illahee Day cleanup was only one third full, so they took it upon themselves to cleanup the area around the Illahee Store, that was getting to be quit a mess.  They reportedly had to climb in the dumpster several times to stomp down the stuff, so they could get all the store area debris in.  We have attached before and after photos to show the difference.  Thanks to all those who work so hard to keep Illahee clean.

Garden Tour Results. While there were not big crowds, those showing their gardens and those attending reported enjoying the garden tours on Saturday.  Thank you Chris and Jennifer, Carol, and Jim for showing your gardens.  John Lind took photos at two of the gardens, and we have included just one photo of many.  Again we hope that we can post the rest on the website later.

Scout Project. We stopped by on Tuesday to see how the Eagle Scout trail project was progressing, and found a bunch of hard working scouts making great progress on a new trail.  Just a couple of pictures at this time.

Illahee Preserve at the Fair. We found the Illahee Preserve being promoted at the Kitsap County Fair this week.  There was an “Illahee Preserve/Illahee Creek Restoration Project” map along with the text of the signs that are being designed for the Preserve.  They have been  sharing a booth the last two years with the Central Kitsap Community Council, which represents the Central Kitsap area of the county.  (The person in the photo is Jon Pierson, who used to be a local school bus driver with an Illahee route, and is now a council member.)

Peach Eating Deer. We heard that one of our neighbors was having trouble with deer eating their peaches, and then a couple of days later we had to pick our peaches when the deer discovered our peach tree.  This is based on the on evidence of a partially eaten peach on the ground, that definitely looks like the markings of a deer mouth.

Jim Aho

Illahee Community Update 8-17-11 Corrected Garden Tour Address, Flyover Update, Preserve Work Parties

Corrected Garden Tour Address. We need to correct the garden tour address for Chris and Jennifer Nelson.  The correct address is 6244 Illahee Road.  There will be three concurrent garden tours between 1 and 3 pm on Saturday (8/20/11) afternoon, following the Illahee Day coffee and work parties at the Illahee community dock and the Illahee Preserve (at the Almira parking lot).   The addresses of the other two garden tour residences are 5934 and 5940 Illahee Road.

Can A Person Attend All Three? We have been asked if it would be possible to see all three gardens during the two hour time between 1 and 3.  Each garden tour will be about 35 minutes, with 5 minutes in between to get to the next garden.  In other words the concurrent tours will start at 1 pm, 1:40 pm, and 2:20 pm, so the answer is you can view all three gardens.

Flyover Update. It appears the flyover will probably happen as the film company agreement has been made and now they are looking for a helicopter.  September is the time frame and the Illahee shoot will happen on the way to the Olympic Peninsula.  We didn’t get much of a response from our previous update asking if there were any who would be willing to help with the expense of this project, though there were those who said they would like more information.

Illahee Forest Preserve Supports Flyover. The Illahee Forest Preserve (IFP) voted to help with the flyover project.  This action will allow gifts marked for the flyover to be tax deductible since the IFP is a 501.c.3 non-profit corporation.   The minimum amount needed is $500 for this to happen.

Quality Film? We have been told that this is Hollywood movie type of equipment and that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get a high quality and professional flyover film of Illahee.  Our filmmaker is known for quality films that are often shown at nature film festivals.  We have attached an aerial still photo of the area that was taken years ago.  Let us know if you can help.

Snoqualmie Film. We have been asked to provide a more direct link to the Snoqualmie Falls film mentioned in the previous update.  It is:

Preserve Work Parties. This appears to be the time for everyone to catch up on work in the Illahee Preserve.  On Wednesday evening there was an East Bremerton Rotary work party.  On Saturday morning will be a group from Illahee Day, which is sponsored by the Port of Illahee.  And next week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings there will be Boy Scout working parties on a trail project in the Compass Circle area.

Volunteer Preserve. We have been told that the Illahee Preserve is an experiment where volunteers and support organizations (like the Rotary, the Illahee Forest Preserve non-profit, and the Port of Illahee), work with the Stewardship Committee and the Parks Department, to plan, develop, and maintain the Preserve.   The three work parties this next week are an indication the experiment is working.

Jim Aho

Illahee Community Update 8-15-11 Illegal Fishing, Flyover?, Illahee Day, Garden Tours, Culvert Concerns

Rock Cod Fishing Illegal.  It turns out that the rock cod we took pictures of the other day were illegal.  The season is closed for rockfish.  We should have realized something was wrong when the person said the fish were cabezon, which are legal.  Below as some of the responses we received, including the last one from Fish and Wildlife.

 I thought you couldn’t keep Rock Cod,  ’cause they were endangered…..
If I recall correctly the daily limit for rock cod per person is one rock cod…..It has been awhile since I reviewed the limit regulations. 
Don’t know who was busy fishing these Rock Cod, but they apparently do notpay any attention to the Reg’s.   As catching of Rock Cod is and has been Closedin all inland water Area’s 6 Port Angeles to Area 13 in Olympia  for some time. Because WDFW says they are a threaten species. 
fishing for rock cod in area 10 is CLOSED.  In fact rock cod fishing is closed in all of areas 6 thru 13.  Any fish cops on your e-mail list??
Gina Piazza passed on the Illahee Community update. I just wanted to pass on to you that all rock fish retention in Puget Sound is closed as this resource is struggling in most areas. These rock fish (the ones pictured are Quilback I believe) are relatively slow growing and only reproduce at an older age, and even then only have successful reproduction years occasionally. Essentially they need all the help they can get.Please let WDFW enforcement know if you see poaching occurring, the best way to reach them is to call the Washington State Patrol (360) 478-4646 and they will be able to dispatch an officer if available.
Illahee Flyover?  Many of you are aware that is film is being produced about Illahee including what is being done to study, preserve and restore the Illahee Creek watershed.  We received information that there is a possibility that the film could contain some flyover footage if it could be funded incidental to another project on in the Olympic Peninsula.  The crew is based out of Boeing Field and would be flying over this area on their way to the primary film site.  The estimate for the Illahee flyover cost and filming is between $500 and $1000.  Since this is still in the planning stage at this point, we are trying to find out if there are residents who would be willing to help fund the flyover.  We have only mentioned this to two residents and we already have commitments for $50 and $25.  If you would like to help, please respond to this email with an amount, and we will pass the information on, and hope this happens.  We have attached the link to the outfit that is being considered so you can see the kind of work they do – check out their film of Snoqualmie Falls.  
Saturday is Illahee Day.  This coming Saturday, August 20, 2011, is Illahee Day (8:30 am – 12:30 pm).  Much of the planned work will be at the Port properties at the community dock and 5560 Ocean View Blvd.  Those working at the Illahee Preserve will be working on the rain garden and possibly moving wood chips onto trails.  We have heard some would like to work on the roadways near their residents.  There will be a dumpster somewhere near the Port facilities.  Remember that for the workers the Port will furnish lunch beginning at 11:30 am.
Saturday is Garden Tour Day.  We have 3 residents who have agreed to show their gardens in the afternoon of Illahee Day.  The garden tours will be going on concurrently between 1 and 3 pm.  Carol and Bob Henning reside at 5934 Illahee Road, Jim Aho resides at 5940 Illahee Road, and Chris and Jennifer Nelson reside at 6224 Illahee Road.
Illahee Forest Preserve Meeting Tuesday.  The Illahee Forest Preserve non-profit group meets at the Port facility at 5560 Ocean View Blvd on Tuesday evening beginning at 6:30 pm.  The Preserve itself is 444 acres, and with the recent addition of the 107 acre Rolling Hills Golf Course, the total Preserve acreage is 551 acres, which is a major part of Illahee and a significant forest, nature preserve, and recreation area.  This group is always looking for residents willing to help oversee this special place.
Illahee Creek Culvert.  We stopped by the Illahee Creek culvert that goes under Illahee Road the other day and found the clear opening to be slightly more than 24 inches, which is considerably less than the design opening that shows on the culvert drawings of 5′-6″.  We have been told that a smaller opening will handle the water, but we think that a 24″ opening is too small for a big storm, such as December 2007.  There are a number of residents who are concerned about a possible washout at the culvert and consider this culvert to have failed.  With a new road resurfacing of Illahee Road this summer the culvert’s small opening is not good news.
Jim Aho

Illahee Community Update 8-9-11 Rock Cod, Owl, Illahee Film&Illahee Day

Rock Cod.  The other day we stopped at the Illahee community dock and asked like usual asked how fishing was. We were surprised that they said it was great and one person showed us three rock cod he caught.

Barred Owl.  There are a number of barred owls in the area (notice the vertical strips on the chest area which look like bars – a spotted owl looks nearly the same but has horizontal strips across its chest area) and attached are two pictures and the email we received recently.
We had a great surprise tonight. My son was taking out the trash (no that’s not the surprise) and he saw an owl in the tree in our front yard.  The owl sat for pictures which was great.  We have been hearing the call of this owl in the morning (usually around 0445).  At first we thought we were hearing voices, then we moved to Beatles music (Goo-goo-g’joob), then we finally woke up enough to realize it was an owl. All attempts to locate the bird had failed, but tonight the bird posed for us!  
Illahee Film.  The Illahee film project is progressing and the film maker would like to include a flyover of Illahee as part of the story.  If anyone knows of a pilot who might be willing to take our film maker up to film Illahee, or if you have other ideas on how we could do this please let us know.
Port of Illahee Meeting.  We have been asked to let residents know when the Port of Illahee meets and they meet the same time each month, at 5 pm on the second Wednesday.  They meet at the Port facility at 5560 Ocean View Blvd and the meeting is open to the public.
Illahee Day in Less Than Two Weeks.  On Saturday morning, August 20th, will be the fourth annual Illahee Day, if our memory is correct.
Sponsored by the Port of Illahee.  This event is sponsored by the Port of Illahee and we hear there will be several options to participate.
Option 1 – Meet Your Neighbors.  This option is for those who would just like an opportunity to meet their neighbors over a cup of coffee at the dock between 8;30 and 11:30 am.  The local Starbucks on State Highway 303 across the road from Walmart, will be donating coffee for the occasion.
Option 2 – Work Parties.  There are a number of work items being planned for the Port properties and the Illahee Preserve.  The Port is looking at stripping the parking lot (weather permitting), pressure washing the dock, and cleaning up around the Port office building at 5560 Ocean View Blvd and the newly acquired Deitch property. At the Illahee Preserve they will be working around the rain garden, and possibly on trails.  For work party participants the Port will provide a lunch between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm.
Afternoon Garden Tour.  So far we have Carol Henning and Jim Aho, both Master Gardeners, who have agreed to show anyone interested, their gardens.  They will be at their gardens between 1 – 3 pm.  They live next door to each other and their addresses are 5934 and 5940 Illahee Road.
Jim Aho

Illahee Community Update 8-4-11 Road Work, Health Items,&Bulkheads

Illahee Road Repavement.  We don’t need to tell those who live along Illahee Road about the road work going on. They are patching the cracks in preparation for the repavement of Illahee Road from Trenton to 3rd Street, possibly in the next couple of weeks.  We took some photos of the work and found the following notice at the county website regarding the project:

Illahee Road(from Trenton Ave. to 3rd St.)County crews are full depth patching the road Monday through Friday. Minimal delays are expected. Flaggers assist motorists through work area when necessary. Work is weather dependent.
Driveway Issues.  We talked with some residents about how the repavement project affects them.  The ones whose driveways are upland of the road think it is great as they have less of an incline everytime the road is repaved.  Those who live downward are not enthused as the repavement makes their driveways even steeper and some are already high centering their cars when they drive out.  For those residents who have lived here all their lives a few inches every repavement can mount up to big problem.  We took a picture of one driveway that looks like it will be adversely affected.
Dockwalker Training.  We came across an interesting email about a training program that is being held tomorrow from 10 am to 1 pm (August 5th) at the Norm Dicks Center.  What caught our eye is that this might have some applicability to the Illahee community dock as we have had residents express concerns about pollution discharges from a live-aboard boat that uses the dock.  The link for information about the program is:
Red Tide Expansion.  Some more news about the red tide closure from Jeff Adams, Washington Sea Grant:
Something to be aware of when you’re on the beach, interacting with folks or considering harvest yourselves.All of King County and east Kitsap County (Point No Point to Pierce County border) are now closed to harvest of “All species” shellfish harvest due to marine biotoxins.All species means clams (including geoduck), oysters, mussels and other invertebrates such as the moon snail (which aren’t legally harvestable anyway). All areas are closed for the sport harvest of scallops.The following closures do not apply to shrimp. Crabmeat is not known to contain the PSP toxin, but the guts can contain unsafe levels. To be safe, clean crab thoroughly and discard the guts (butter).DOH clickable shellfish biotoxin/pollution map. I attached a screenshot of the today’s Kitsap map. receive regular updates from Washington Department of Health, you can sig up for the shellfish listserve.
Shoreline Armoring – Bulkheads.  As many know the Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Update is in progress for Kitsap County.  For many waterfront residents in the county and in Illahee there are concerns about what this might mean for their bulkheads.  There really isn’t much that can be done by the county or the SMP Task Force as the State of Washington’s Administrative Code (WAC) is very explicit regarding shoreline armoring, which includes bulkheads.  The WAC guidelines are found in WAC 173-26-231 “Shoreline Modifications.”
Bulkhead Report.  Kitsap County SMP Update personnel shared with us a fairly recent USGS report titled Puget Sound Shoreline and the Impacts of Armoring – Proceedings of a State of the Science Workshop, May 2009.  We found this report to be very helpful in understanding this issue with respect to Puget Sound.  The link to the lengthy (266 pages) report is:
Robbery Location.  We had a number of residents wondering about the location of the home that was burglarized last week.  According to the linked article in the Kitsap Sun it was in the 6200 block of Illahee Road.
Jim Aho