Illahee Update 4/17/12 Trillium Patch, Illahee Preserve Celebration, Press Release, Work Party Report, Vandalism, Preserve Projects

Trillium Patch. This dense patch of trillium was near the Illahee Preserve’s Almira Parking lot.

Illahee Preserve Celebration. We were just forwarded a brochure for the Illahee Preserve’s May 5th celebration being headed up by Leadership Kitsap.  Looks like it will be the Preserve’s biggest celebration yet and all are encouraged to attend.

Press Release. We were also forwarded the press release for the event, which is copied below:

April 16, 2012 (360) 621-9657
“A Day at the Park” at the Illahee Preserve
BREMERTON. On Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Leadership Kitsap will be
partnering with the Illahee Stewardship Committee to hold “A Day at the Park” at the Illahee
Preserve. This family-friendly event is open to the public and will feature free food donated by
Port Madison Enterprises, a raffle with great prizes, and a poker hike that will raise funds for the
Illahee Preserve’s stewardship efforts. The poker hike will be $5 per person.
The Illahee Preserve is a community treasure in East Bremerton. It has an area of over 444 acres
that includes the Illahee Forest and Illahee Creek Watershed and approximately five miles of
walking trails.
Recently-added amenities to be showcased during the event include new trail markers and a new
trail map and brochure for public use, created as part of a Leadership Kitsap project.
For more information on the event, please visit or
contact Connie Zapp at (360) 621-9657 or

Work Party Report. Saturday’s work party involving Leadership Kitsap and Washington Youth Academy was busy and productive.  Leadership Kitsap and WYA cadets installed intersection posts in advance of coming up with a new map to help trail users from getting lost.  WYA and stewardship members not only made the wood chip pile disappear, but the rain garden logs were replaced (the old ones were stolen, probably for firewood), a new walkway to a soon to be built kiosk was roughed out, trails were better delineated, mud holes were filled, and several trails were closed for habitat restoration.  The Rotary Club of East Bremerton and the Illahee Forest Preserve made sure there were enough wheel borrows available, and Kitsap County Parks brought their tool trailer loaded with enough tools to handle the group that numbered over 60. Thanks to everyone involved!

Vandalism. It seems like every time change occurs in the Preserve that there are those who don’t approve and destroy the efforts of the volunteers who maintain and support this treasure.  By Monday afternoon four of the 30+ posts installed by Leadership Kitsap had been removed and presumably stolen.  Similar thefts took place when the trails were marked by signs and especially those signs mounted on trees, which is why LK went with the intersection posts.

Compass Circle Project Status. This project is getting critical as the turf grass seed needs to be planted soon.  We are waiting for the rest of the perimeter alders to be taken down so the ground can be cleared and prepped for seed planting.

Kiosk Project Status. The kiosk project is an Eagle Scout project that is scheduled to be installed at the Almira parking lot entrance in time for the May 5th “Walk in the Park” celebration.  Lots of work to be done in the next two weeks!!

Jim Aho