Illahee 11/30/16 Photos, Buglary, Sea Lions Eating Salmon, Timbers Edge Notice, From 110 to 45 Lots, Illahee Creek Friendly, Purchase Option?, Major Contributor Ideas?, Donation Opportunities

Photos.  A Rufous Hummingbird and a Barrow’s Goldeneye, the first with the dock in the background, and the second next to the dock.

Burglary.  There was a burglary at a home on Illahee Road on Monday afternoon, that was evidently interrupted when the residents returned home after being away for a few hours.  The homeowners feel the thief or thieves left quickly after seeing them pick up their mail by the road as both back and side doors were wide open.  They ramsackled the lower floor of the house and took jewelry, antiques, silverware, computers, etc.  What was particularly disturbing is they turned off the power to the house at an outside box that would shut down any alarm systems and evidently entered the house breaking through a window.  In other words it appears to be professionals who did this.
Sea Lions Eating Salmon.  There have been some big sea lions in the area and difficult to get good photos of them.  Residents report seeing them catching and eating salmon, with one salmon, estimated to be about 12 pounds, big enough that the sea lion had trouble getting it into his mouth.
Timbers Edge Notice.  Notices of Application were received by a number of adjacent residents and residents who were previously concerned about the Timbers Edge project.  For those who didn’t receive the post card notice this is what it looked like.
From 110 to 45 Lots.  As mentioned in the notice this is an amendment to what was originally proposed which significantly reduces the number of home sites (from 110 to 45), which is due to the purchase last year of two thirds of the project area (25.5 acres) that was added to the Illahee Preserve.  The purchase cost was $565,000 that came from citizen contributions, the property owner, and a state salmon grant.  This left the 10.7 acres that will be developed if not purchased.  
Illahee Creek Friendly.  This amended development proposal is a good one for Illahee Creek in that maximum infiltration helps support the base flows in Illahee Creek, especially during the summer when the stream requires a good source of water stored up in the shallow aquifer.  Better yet would be its purchase for the Illahee Preserve!
Purchase Option?  While there is no options agreement to purchase the property, there was an understanding that if the necessary funds could be raised by the end of the year, the property owner and the developer would be willing to sell.  
Major Contributor Ideas?  What we need now, in one last ditch effort, is to identify any individual or group that has sufficient funds to purchase the remaining 10.7 acres.  Let us know if you have any suggestions!!!!
Donation Opportunities.  This is a reminder that the Illahee Forest Preserve (IFP) is a non-profit 501.c.3 group incorporated to support the Illahee Preserve and donations and contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law.  
Also, for those 70 1/2  who need to take out their IRA Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) this year, those funds won’t show up as income if they are directed by the financial institution to the IFP.  Talk to your financial advisor about this option or let us connect you with someone who might be able to help.
Jim Aho