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