Illahee 1/16/16 Illahee Photos, Deer, Illegal Cutting, TE Phase 2 Map, Cormorants, Barred Owl

Illahee Photos.  Some photos from and around Illahee.

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Deer.  Just happened on lots of deer this week, some in The Lost Continent area and the last one (two photos) in the Old Growth area of the Preserve.  
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Illegal Cutting.  The illegal cutting on Preserve property on Rest Place was posted with a stop work sign.  
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TE Phase 2 Map.  A new map of Illahee Preserve 2016 projects was sent out today.  Part of the map shows the TE Phase 2 targeted acquisition for a proposed south entrance to the Preserve.
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Cormorants.  With so many cormorants around we have been ignoring them until now.
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Barred Owl.  A late afternoon walk near the Preserve found an owl following us.  Not a very good shot because of the lighting, but enough to tell it was a barred owl.
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Jim Aho

Illahee 12/27/14 Illahee Photos, Merlin Hawk, Ducks, Cormorants, Illahee Preserve Trail Maps, Timbers Edge Gifts

Illahee Photos.  Some recent colorful photos looking toward Mount Rainer.

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Merlin Hawk.  We found this hawk on a neighbor’s sidewalk with a cat over it.  It is a Merlin, and was previously called a Sparrow Hawk.  It has been seen at bird feeders, but didn’t stay long enough to get photographed.  
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Ducks.  This past Friday a flock of puddle ducks was hanging out with a group of diving ducks, evidently feeding on something the diving ducks were pushing up to the surface.  A similar situation occurs when cormorants push a ball of herring to the surface and the seagulls have a feast.  This is the first time we’ve seen such an occurrence with American Wigeon.
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Cormorants.  When one of the local floats blew away the cormorants had to move to other floats and they also ended up at the Illahee community dock.
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Illahee Preserve Trail Maps.  In the past week or so new Illahee Preserve trail maps showed up.  We will see if we can get better copies for a future update.
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Timbers Edge Gifts.  Contributions to the Timbers Edge purchase fund have started to come in.  The property owner has committed $500,000 toward the purchase, and three others have committed $10,000 each.  This past week the Illahee Forest Preserve (IFP) treasurer reported that two $1,000 gifts were sent in as a result of the last update that was sent out.  Fliers were being distributed this weekend east of the TE development, and along Illahee Road where a forced main sewer line would go.  The plan was to get a bunch of fliers distributed before the end of the year in case people wanted to make a contribution in 2014 for tax purposes.  If anyone would like fliers let us know and we will have them delivered to you.  Just send us an email or call 479-1049.
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Jim Aho

Illahee 12/1/14 Cormorants, COASST, Double-crested Cormorant, Brown Storm Water, Illahee Culvert, Beavers, Rolling Hills Golf Course Pond, Community Facebook?

Cormorants.  Cormorants are a common sight around the Illahee waterfront as noted by this one on the Illahee Community dock.  A few years ago one appeared at the dock and must have been someones pet because it had no fear of humans.  
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COASST in Illahee.  A Coastal Observation And Seabird Survey Team (COASST)  walks a section of the Illahee shoreline once a month looking for dead birds like the one below.  “COASST is a citizen science program established to identify the carcasses of marine birds found on beaches along the outer coast of Washington State” and also Puget Sound.  More information on the program can be found at:

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Double-crested Cormorant.  The photo above and below is of a dead Double-crested Cormorant found on Wednesday north of Illahee State Park.  The hole in its side is suspicious.

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Brown Storm Water.  On Friday those living along the shoreline saw a brown plume coming out of Illahee Creek and out into Puget Sound.   This occurs whenever there is a significant rainfall, usually over 1 inch, and over the years it has deposited sediment out in the bay and along the shoreline.  Several years ago, after a season a major storms, the Port of Illahee measured 32 inches of mud under the south end of the inner float. 
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Illahee Culvert.  The sediment flowing out into the bay has also filled the Illahee Creek culvert.  This year (2014) there were two massive clean outs by Kitsap County of sediment from the outlet side of the culvert that have increased the culvert opening on the inlet side, which today (12/1/14) was a 19 inch vertical clearance.  Note however, the large gravel bar inside the 65 foot long culvert in the second photo.
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Beavers.  One of the studies of the Illahee Creek watershed determined that the old Dr. Schutt reservoir (dam) where he raised trout (that filled with sediment) should be demolished, and instead beaver dams should be encouraged as fish can navigate through them.  The beaver idea was proposed years earlier by Don Rasmussen, who gifted Rolling Hills Golf Course to the county and the Preserve.  Don suggested it again and the Illahee Forest Preserve group decided the issue should be investigated further.  (It should be noted that with topography like we have along Illahee Creek, beavers are more likely to be found in living in the bank (they are called bank beavers) than in lodges.)
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Rolling Hills Golf Course Pond.  We just heard there are concerns about a newly planned storm water detention pond on the golf course, so a golf course expert is being called in to help with the decision, which may delay the project that was supposed to be completed in 2015.
Community Facebook?  For some, Facebook and other social media sites are common place, and for others it is like a foreign language.  We are in the later category, so we are passing this email on as we received it.  Thanks to Steve and Connie for setting this up!
Connie and I created a group on Facebook for the members of the Illahee Community to use and wanted to know if you’d like to include the info in your next newsletter.  Many folks use Facebook and we figured it could work as a nice interactive platform for community members/neighbors could get information to each other in real-time and have discussion.  If you’d like to include a link, the web address is:
Folks can just search “Illahee Community” on Facebook as well and it will come up.
Jim Aho

Illahee 11/13/12 Cleanup Volunteers, Illegal Dumping, Port of Illahee Meeting, Timbers Edge, TE Working Group, Illahee Community Meeting 11/28/12, Cormorants

Preserve Cleanup Volunteers.  We couldn’t find any of the Illahee Preserve cleanup volunteers who would pose for a picture so we took a picture of their orange vest, their pickup tool, and trash bag after a trip through the Preserve.  They reported only a small amount of trash was found, most of it around the Thompson Lane parking lot.

Illegal Dumping.  Another instance of illegal dumping occurred on Sunday evening or Monday.  Anyone recognize this red rocker?
Port of Illahee Meeting.  The Port of Illahee commissioners meet the second Wednesday of the month at 5 pm at the Port meeting room at 5500 Illahee Road.  Their November meeting is when they look at their budget for the next year, in this case for 2013.  We went on their website and then copied their draft budget in case community members can’t make it to the meeting.
Timbers Edge.  We are still trying to figure out what is happening regarding the Timbers Edge (TE) project.  First there were notices in the Kitsap Sun about Trustee Sales, which were later cancelled.  And then there was a Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  Now we are back to a Trustee Sale slated for the end of November.  In the legal notices of the paper it appeared that only one of the three TE properties was going to be the subject of the auction, but then today we heard all three properties were going to be auctioned.

The Three Properties?  We saw one TE options paper that noted three properties that must be what everyone is considering.  We took the liberty to copy what it said.

A check with the Kitsap County assessor indicated that the original five properties have been combined into three properties following the gifting of the riparian properties (21 acres) to the Port of Illahee.  The remaining parcels are:

a.  012401-1-001-2003, 4.54 acres, current assessed value $45,180 (the west end/remaining Garrison)

b.  062402-2-014-2000, 5.42 acres, current assessed value $143,500 (the center plus small north piece)

c.  062402-2-013-2001, 5.3 acres, current assessed value $141,390 (the Avery Homestead piece)

Note that the assessed values are for raw land, and should not be confused with what could be much higher values for an approved development, more likely in the $1 Million dollar range.

Timbers Edge Working Group.  We also know there is a Timbers Edge working group trying to figure out what is happening, and if there will be an opportunity for the community to purchase at least one of the properties, providing they are auctioned off as separate parcels.  One of the items in another discussion paper mentioned “TE investment shares” whereby residents would purchase shares to purchase the property most advantageous to the Illahee Preserve so eventually grants could be obtained to add it to the Preserve.  That way they would protect the property from development until the necessary funding could be secured and hopefully they would be reimbursed and recoup their investment, but there would be no guarantee   

Illahee Community Meeting 11/28.  There will be an Illahee community meeting on Wednesday evening November 28, 2012 at 6:30 pm.  We heard there are a number of agenda items on the list for this meeting and we will pass the information on when things are finalized.

Cormorants.  Not as many wildlife photos coming in, but wanted to share this one of a cormorant.
Jim Aho