Illahee 10/14/12 Film Event Report, Maple Leaf Spots, Squid Fishing

Film Event Report.  The film event at the Admiral Theater went very well on Friday evening.  The Elwha film was shown first, followed by the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Chairwoman, Frances Charles, answering questions.  One of the interesting facts is that there will be a 5 year moratorium on fishing in the river after the dams are removed.  The Illahee film was shown next followed by Chris May, director of the Surface and Stormwater Management (SWMM) group, providing an update on ongoing Illahee projects and answering questions.  

We don’t know the final number of attendees, but it was around 300.  Thanks to all those who could attend!   Shelly asked for feedback on how people liked the films, and from what we heard they liked them both with Illahee residents especially liking the Illahee film.  If any are willing to provide written thoughts we, and Shelly, would like to see them.

We have been asked by many who couldn’t attend where they can purchase copies of the film.  We are working on that.  We heard the Silverdale film that was produced years ago was sold at the CK Fire District building and are wondering if there is such a place, or places locally, where the Illahee DVDs could be sold.  We welcome any suggestions.  

The photo above shows the entrance of the theater and people purchasing tickets.  The photo below shows the filmmaker, Shelly Solomon, answering a question after leaving the podium.

Maple Leaf Spots.  We had two people respond to the question of why the Big Leaf Maple leaves have spots on them.  The first came in from someone who accessed a Michigan State University Extension website ( which noted the following:

Homeowners with maple trees are calling the MSU Extension Lawn and Garden Hotline concerned about numerous spots appearing on the leaves. After teasing out additional information from callers, most folks are seeing symptoms of a fungal disease known as tar spot. The disease is caused by several fungi in the genusRhytisma and infects silver, sugar, red and Norway maple as well as their relative, box elder.


Tar spot is one of the most readily visible and easiest maple diseases to diagnose. It’s also one of the least damaging ailments on its host. The first tar spot symptoms usually show up in early summer as small (less than 1/8 inch diameter), light-green to yellowish-green spots. The spots enlarge and color intensifies as summer progresses. Small, black, tar-like raised structures form on the upper surface within these yellow spots. 

The second response was from a more local website ( and addressed our native maple trees, the Bigleaf Maple.  We copied some of the text from this article.  
At home, a little internet research revealed that the black patterns on the maple leaves were actually a type of fungus called Speckled Tar Spot (Rhytisma punctatum). Appropriately named, it does have a speckled appearance when examined closely and looks like a collection of punctuation marks. The plant tissue surrounding the fungus retains chlorophyll longer than the rest of the leaf creating an outer rim of green around the darker centre.
This fungus has an interesting life history. It overwinters on the decaying fallen leaves and in the spring it shoots off long filamentous ascospores which are carried by wind to new maple leaves. The fungus establishes on the new leaves and grows throughout the summer until fall when it becomes more noticeable.
Squid Fishing.  We went for a walk down to the community dock on Saturday evening and found a good number of squid fisherman.  The top photo shows the lineup and the one below shows some caught squid in a bucket.
Jim Aho