Illahee Update 2/18/12 Brush Picking, Vandalism, European Duck, Heavy Weather Race, Illahee Film

Brush Pickers Back. It is hard for us to believe that the same brush pickers that we encountered on January 30, 2012 were back today (2/18/12). We took a picture of their truck in January, and again today when it appeared the driver came back to pick up his three friends who again picking salal.  When we confronted the pickers a little earlier in the afternoon they took off running, but dropped the heavy load of bundled up salal, which we confiscated. The bundle was so heavy we couldn’t lift it and had to drag it to the parking lot.  You can see the size of it next to the dedication rock.

The Truck & The Truck & Driver. The picture above is what we took on January 30th at the Thompson Lane parking lot.  The picture below is the same truck and its driver that we took at the Almira parking lot on February 18th.  The guy seemed pretty upset that we had their salal.

Guard Rail Vandalism. We received the report below this morning about the vandalism of the reflectors on guard rails near the Illahee Creek culvert.  We were told later in the day they hit the other guard rails going up Illahee Road.

Would you please include this information in your next community update.

At approximately 9:50 P.M. a loud banging noise was heard along Illahee Road.  It was quite evident that something was happening along the highway.  By the time we reached the roadway, the vandals were gone, but this morning as it got light we see that the loud banging was the removal of the reflectors being hit by a heavy object all along the west side of the guard rail.  Many reflectors were left on the inside along the guard rail.

It would be great if these folks could have been caught, but in the time it took to get out there, they were gone.

European Duck. It isn’t very often you look outside your window and see a European duck on the lawn, which was the case today.  The differently colored wigeon in the picture is a eurasian wigeon, that evidently got mixed up somewhere along the way.  We have heard they can often be found with American wigeons, but this is a first for us.

Heavy Weather Race. The Bremerton Yacht Club held their Heavy Weather Race today.  This is a yearly event and the boats change course in the area just north of the Illahee Community Dock.  We copied this from the IPBA website as it briefly explains what the event is about.  There is more information on their website.

The purpose of the International Power Boat Association (IPBA) is to promote the safe piloting of pleasure boats and to sponsor and sanction predicted log racing contests to improve the piloting and seamanship abilities of contestants. Although we call our sport Predicted Log Racing, it is actually a navigational contest where the contestant “predicts” how long in hours, minutes, and seconds it will take him or her to get from point to point on the race course.

Film & Shellfish Festival. The third film being shown at the Film & Shellfish Festival on Saturday evening 2/25/12 is about the benefits of shellfish to the environment and also to those who choose to raise them.  Illahee has just over 3 miles of saltwater shoreline and it appears there are only a handful of shoreline residents who are “farming the tidelands”.  The film provides some good information for residents considering raising shellfish on their beaches and Taylor Shellfish will have information, and hopefully examples, of what is available for those who are interested.  It is in the spring time when shellfish companies have their major seed sales, so this is a good time and place to get more details.  They will likely have extra copies of the CD that will be shown as that is where we got this one.

Illahee Film. We have had a number of residents express their interest in the Illahee film, and especially those who contributed to paying for the helicopter to fly over with the cineflex camera.  Only a few people reviewed the draft film and the consensus was the helicopter coverage really helps viewers get a better idea of the watershed, the extent of the Illahee Preserve, and where some of the storm water surges come from.

Jim Aho