Brush Thieves in Preserve. It appears brush thieves have struck again in the Illahee Preserve as bundles of salal were found at the Petersville Road entrance on Monday. Evidently the thieves are dropped off from a van or other vehicle and picked up later. Rather than haul their cutting in daylight, they stash them close to a road, and pick them up later in the evening. When the bundles were sighted some of the park stewards looked to see if they were still in the Preserve, but couldn’t find anyone. The stewards are hoping with more eyes in the woods and along the perimeter of the Preserve that they can get a license number or photograph of the culprits.
Scout Sign Vandals. We have had problems with someone taking down the new Eagle Scout trail signs and possibly discovered the culprits. We asked for detailed description of those involved from the person who happened upon them during a walk and received the following:
Volunteer Supported Preserve. With the Preserve being almost entirely supported by volunteers and their collective efforts in its preservation and protection, it is important that we do whatever we can to curtail vandalism. If you ever see anything wrong in the Preserve you can call 911, Preserve Stewards at 479-1049, or the Parks Department.
Forest and Stream Course. There is a class starting on Saturday at the Norm Dicks Center for anyone interested in forest and stream stewardship offered by WSU Extension. They will be using the Illahee Preserve for some of their forest work. We checked and they still have room for anyone who wants to sign up. The details are:
Aquifer Press Release Correction. We had a correction to the Press Release that was sent out earlier. The release stated the aquifers are the sole source of drinking water on the Manette Peninsula, which Illahee is in. That is not true as the City of Bremerton has an extensive service area on the Manette Peninsula with much of the water coming from surface water from the Union River. Illahee’s drinking water comes solely from the Manette Peninsula aquifers, which is provided by North Perry Water.
Aquifer Presentation Reminder. Don’t forget the aquifer presentation is next Tuesday (3/29/11) at 6:30 pm at the Norm Dicks Center.