Illahee 9/16/12 Work Party Details, Cat Poster Response, Illahee Preserve Meeting

Work Party Details.  Comments have been coming in regarding how nice things look after the Washington Youth Academy and mentor work party completed their efforts on Saturday morning at the Illahee Preserve.  There were also questions about the work that was accomplished.  This update is to answer the questions and better document the work party efforts on Saturday.  We normally like to have pictures to back up our reports, but there was only one camera there the other day and it was in a pocket.

Work Projects.  The major work projects on Saturday were to clean up the parking lots at Almira and Thompson Lane, finish off the wood chip pile at the Almira parking lot, and clean up four perpetual puddle areas (except for this summer when they actually dried out) of debris along the Golf Course Loop trail.  We have been asked to keep some of the puddles areas along the trails since wildlife have been observed using them as a sort of watering hole.  In the past we had filled many of them with wood chips to eliminate mud holes.  The workers on Saturday tried to come up with a nice compromise of a better delineated trail around an enhanced puddle area.  We think they got a good start on the project but there is still some work to do, so if that is something you would like to help with, please let us know.

Wheelbarrows.  Wheelbarrows are used to move wood chips from where they are dumped by tree companies to the Preserve trail system.  Wood chips are especially appreciated during the wet season to keep the trails from being muddy.  There were 16 wheelbarrows brought in on Saturday to help with the chips, courtesy of Kitsap County, the East Bremerton Rotary, and the Illahee Forest Preserve.  Thanks to those groups for their continued support of the work parties!

Other Tools.  Some of the Washington Youth Academy (WYA) mentors brought tools like shovels as did Preserve volunteers, but for the most part the tools were supplied by Kitsap County Parks.  The Park’s Department has a tool trailer and will bring just about any tool volunteers need to complete projects.  In support of the work party on Saturday they supplied everything from brooms to picks, shovels to garbage bags.  We happened to take a picture of some of the tools as they were being brought back at the end of the work party.  We need to thank Parks for the tool support and their volunteer coordinator to bringing them when we started and then picking them up at the end.  This service has made the Preserve’s volunteer’s work considerably easier. 
Garbage.  One of the major disappointments for many of the volunteers is to watch the Preserve become a garbage dump for some individuals, which continues to happen at the Almira parking lot.  On Saturday many of the WYA teams while working on their projects also picked up trash.  At the end of the day there were many trash bags filled, enough to fill the bed of a pickup.  County Parks hauled the trash away as we and they didn’t want a lingering pile of black trash bags to encourage further dumping.  Thanks again to Parks for this important support!

Cat Poster Response.  We thought we should pass on the comment we received regarding the posting of the cat poster in our last update.

That’s our missing cat poster, thank you for posting the picture, it’s a long shot, but you never know.  We’ve pretty much given up and assume wildlife got to him, we’ve been keeping him inside most every night too.  We have a sad 3 year old little girl though.

Illahee Preserve Meeting on Tuesday.  The monthly Illahee Preserve Stewardship Group meeting is held on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm and meets at the Port of Illahee meeting room at 5500 Illahee Road.  Illahee Preserve users and Illahee residents are always invited.  

Jim Aho