Paving Scheduled for Friday. The stormwater improvement project taking place between the Illahee North Pumping Station and the Illahee Dock is coming to a close. On Wednesday they were grinding up the road to get ready for repaving on Friday (5/31/13). Following that they will need to make some adjustments to the new catch basins and the project will be complete. The first photo is near the intersection with Ocean View where a special drain feature is needed. The other photos are of the work being done on Wednesday (5/29/13).
Achlys triphylla (Sm.) DC, known in western North America as vanillaleaf, is an erect perennial plant that sprouts from a creeping rhizome. Leaves are long-petioled and palmately divided into three leaflets. Flowers are small and lack sepals and petals, but instead have long showy white stamens that form single erect spikes. The leaflets give a great hint to the identity the plant: bend back the middle leaflet and you have an upside-down set of moose antlers. Alternatively, bend back the two side leaflets and you have a goose or deer foot (hence the common name). In the Pacific Northwest,Achlys triphylla is ubiquitous in moist shady forests west of the Cascades at low to middle elevations from Vancouver island and southern British Columbia south to northern California.
The plants are spaced widely on the rhizomes, but often overlap in large networks that result in carpets of Achlys that dominate the near-surface understory. Achlys seems to prefer moist soil, so at middle to higher elevations it is easier to find them along streambanks or well-shaded ravines
Resolution Supporting the Purchase of the Belden Property
(5586 Thompson Lane NE, Bremerton, WA – Tax ID 362501-1-009-2003)
Whereas for over 23 years the local community fought for the acquisition of the DNR Illahee School Trust Lands, and
Whereas in 2001, with the support of County Commissioners and the State Legislature, the DNR lands were purchased by Kitsap County, and
Whereas following the purchase, a Stewardship Plan was prepared and was supported by the Parks and Recreation Staff and Board, and approved by the County Commissioners in July of 2003, and
Whereas the Stewardship Plan identified land parcels adjacent to the Illahee Preserve that should be acquired which included “Heart of the Park” properties (property that was platted before Washington became a state, and therefore not part of the DNR acquisition, but located in the center of the Preserve), and
Whereas there are only three property owners of the “Heart of the Park” properties, and
Whereas on May 12, 2013 the land owner of one of the “Heart of the Park” properties sent an email to the County Commissioners and the Illahee Preserve that their property is available for purchase, and
Whereas this is a critical property in the center of the other properties and may represent a once in a lifetime opportunity for acquisition, and
Whereas the well on the property would support a future Environmental Education Interpretive Center, called out for in the Stewardship Plan, and
Whereas with the above benefits, and no known detriments,
Be it resolved that the Illahee Preserve Stewardship Committee and the Illahee Forest Preserve (the non-profit support group for the Preserve) support and strongly recommend that Kitsap County purchase the Belden property for the Illahee Preserve.