Illahee 9/22/13 Salmonids Identified, Bow Hunters, Mushrooms, Log Jam Project, Preserve Camp Sites

Coho Fingerling.  Thanks to those who responded identifying the salmonids in the last Update.

The first photo is a coho salmon (parr stage).

Cutthroat Fingerling.

The other photos are cutthroat trout.  You can tell by the red slit on the underside of their jaw hence the ‘cut-throat’ name.

Bow Hunters.  This past Thursday we were notified by a number of residents that there were bow hunters either hunting or scoping out bow hunting deer in the Illahee Preserve.  We contacted one of them and explained what the Preserve was, and he said he would try and contact the second hunter to advise him that hunting of any kind was illegal in the Preserve.  Thanks to vigilant neighbors for contacting the hunters and alerting Stewardship members.

Mushrooms.  Lots of mushrooms are coming up in the area and specifically in the Preserve.  We would like help identifying these that we saw.
Log Jam Project.  This was a major project that involved digging in and placing 6 large logs with their root wads into the creek in order to create pools for fish, such as the coho salmon and cutthroat trout pictured above.  Thanks to Irwin and Judith Krigsman for putting in for a grant with the Kitsap Conservation District (KCD) for the project and for KCD approving and funding it.  The first photo shows Shawn Higgins of Natural Systems Design and Scott Dutro of Maple Ridge Excavation, the designer and equipment contractor.  Scott did an amazing job of moving the logs from near Illahee Road to the project site upstream.  After the logs were installed the stream flow was resumed and desired pools formed. This was followed with restoration plantings by the Mission Creek Corrections Restoration Team and KCD Program Manager Carin Anderson, and finally straw placed on the old logging road where the heavy equipment traversed. 
Preserve Camp Sites.  Thanks to those who walk the Illahee Preserve trails for keeping the Stewardship Committee aware of campers in the Preserve. As soon as they hear about a camp site it is investigated, posted if necessary, and removed.  Safety is the Steward’s first priority and whenever campers are reported the response is quick, as noted below:

Campsite #1.  We were notified of this site on Friday, investigated it on Saturday and took the first photo.  When we returned on Sunday to remove it the tarps had already been removed so all we had to do was take down the frame work.
Campsite #2.  We were notified of this site along the new Hall of Cedars Loop Trail on Saturday after we had left the Preserve.  When we went back on Sunday afternoon all that was left was an empty site and some garbage.  They were probably advised by Preserve users that camping was not allowed and left.
Campsite #3.  This campsite was some distance from any trail and was being accessed along the south fence of the Park & Ride lot.  It was discovered on Sunday but nobody was at the site.  Because of its size and hidden location the Sheriff’s Department was notified and it was posted and will be monitored by the deputies until it is vacated.
Jim Aho