Illahee 7/27/17 Coyote Report, Preserve Land Slide, Creek Spring Fed, Sunset Sewer Project, Fire Concerns, Shelter Picnic Table?

Coyote Report.  From the Illahee Community Facebook page.  Kristen noted in a FB response that this was the third time in the past 3 weeks they were observed.

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Preserve Land Slide.  Nearly every year land slides occur along the steep banks surrounding Illahee Creek.  Last year one took out a PUD monitoring site.  This one is at the North Perry pump station at the end of Riddell Road.  Below is an email regarding a meeting Park’s Planner Steven Starlund had on the slide.
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Steven met with North Perry Water yesterday. There was a large slide at their facility on the corner of Perry and Riddel. The slide also took out part of park property. The County has given the water company permission to build a gabion retaining wall  and drain to shore up and protect their property. Part of this will be on park property too. The plan is to complete the work before the rains start this winter.
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Creek Spring Fed.  During dry spells like we are having Illahee Creek continues to flow and be inhabited by fish because it is fed by seeps and springs from the shallow aquifer.  The photo is of a sign along a trail at Alderbrook Resort.
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Sunset Sewer Project.  In addition to the sewer pump station work on McWilliams new sewer lines are being installed in the Sunset roadway.
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Fire Concerns.  Fire danger signs have been installed around the Preserve and yet we found signs of a fire on Preserve property along Rest Place.
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Shelter Picnic Table?  We had a recommendation to pass on regarding picnic tables at the new shelter at the Preserve’s Almira entrance.  These were observed at Port Gamble and it was noted the color would match those of the shelter.
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Jim Aho

Illahee 7/17/17 Preserve Art, Preserve Berries, Preserve in the News, Preserve Dumping, Stewardship Meeting Tuesday, Turtle, Photos

Preserve Art.  Walking the Preserve is always a pleasure in hot weather and recently stone art has appeared.

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Preserve Berries.  Salal berries are beginning to turn color.  We finally found a branch with all the colors.  The last photo is of developing Evergreen Huckleberries.
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Preserve in the News. This article appeared in the Kitsap Sun on July 11th and mentions the Illahee Preserve as a place to see vanilla leaf.
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Preserve Dumping.  This is what we don’t want to see in the Preserve.  It was dumped sometime Friday evening.
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Preserve Stewardship Meeting Tuesday.  Preserve users and those interested in helping shaping the Preserve are welcome to attend the monthly meetings of the Stewardship group.  They meet at the Kitsap Pavilion meeting room on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm.  As the Preserve grows additional input and support is needed and newcomers are welcome.  If you have questions about the meeting call us at 360.479.1049.
 
Turtle. Only the second turtle report in 10 years.  “Was walking away from wetland area. Think it was a western pond turtle. Either that or a painted turtle, but it was more like the farmer’s size. Not something you see crossing the road every day!
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Photos.  We welcome photos and especially those of wildlife.  The last photo is from the last full moon.
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Jim Aho

Illahee 7/14/17 Preserve Fire Danger, Illahee Store, PLIA Grant, Contamination Testing, Deer Reports, Pigeon Guillemot, Illahee Day 2017

Preserve Fire Danger.  The Preserve is very dry so please watch out for fires.  There were some scary moments last year that we don’t want repeated, as local fire fighters are not equipped to fight a forest fire.
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Illahee Store.  Lots of action this past Wednesday and Thursday at the former Illahee Store site.  

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PLIA Grant.  The Port was successful in obtaining a Pollution Liability Insurance Agency (PLIA) grant to conduct a second round of tests to better understand the extent of pollution on the property before it goes up for a sheriff’s sale, at a date yet to be determined.  
 
Contamination Testing.  The testing this week involved extending and expanding on the previous testing with more probing sites and four ground water wells installed. Contamination was again verified near the existing underground storage tanks, and also where the old tanks (since removed) were located at the previous store. 
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Deer Reports.  With so many deer around, it is hard to know what to report.  Earlier this week a large pregnant doe was hit on Illahee Road and had to be put down by a Deputy (we have not shared the photo based on previous comments about showing injured or dead animals).  The four bucks in the photos were all in one person’s yard at the same time and were getting along, which won’t be the case in the fall during the rut.  We had a report deer like geranium and petunia flowers that were not safe even on patios.  One popular spot for deer was around a detention pond, that is until it was mowed.  The fawn is the only one we have been able to get a photo of this year.
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Pigeon Guillemot.  On July 1st a Pigeon Guillemot was observed at the Illahee Dock, which is a rare occurrence because of the presence of bald eagles at the dock, seen nearly every morning on the light posts.
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Illahee Day 2017.  The Port has set August 12 as the date for Illahee Day.  This will be Port Commissioners’ George Schaefer and Cassie Magill’s last Illahee Day and they requested to be in charge of refreshments in honor of their many years of service to the community. George has been a commissioner for 16 years and Cassie for 4 years.  Plan on joining them and the festivities to be held on the Illahee Store property on Saturday, Aug 12th.  Below is last year’s sign.  
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Jim Aho