Illahee Community Update 9-11-11 Emails, Coyotes, Preserve Work Party, Port Meeting, Illahee Letter, & Flyover

Garbled Emails. It turns out a number of you are having trouble with text being partially cut off.  We are working on the problem.  Another option when that happens is to go to our website  At the website you will see we are still in transition with pages to finish, but the updates from the past have been transferred and the new updates show in their entirety, complete with the embedded photos.

Coyotes and Pets. We received the following email to notify residents about increasing numbers of coyotes that are now being seen along the shoreline area.

Word of warning to the neighborhood!!   Last Saturday night our housecat and pet of 2 years was killed by a coyote.  If your family pet is small and is sometimes outside please be cautious especially in the evening hours.
Other Reports. We have had other reports recently, of a partially eaten cat and a raccoon.  The rest of the raccoon was moved to the beach where the eagles finished the job.  In the not too distant past we had a family of fox that would often be seen moving along the shoreline, but nothing recently, so we presume the coyotes are now the dominate predator in the area.

Illahee Preserve Work Party. Another big work party with the Washington Youth Academy is being planned for the morning of Saturday, September 17th, rain or shine.  It turns out the 17th is a big volunteer service day in the county for a number of groups and the wheel barrows and tools we normally borrow are already spoken for.  We will let you know in an upcoming update what is needed in case you can help.

Port of Illahee Meeting Time Change. The Port of Illahee normally meets at 5 pm on the second Wednesday of the month, but not in September.  The will instead be meeting at 6:30 pm according to an email we received.  The Port meetings are public meetings and residents are welcome to attend.  They meet at the Port office at 5560 Ocean View Blvd.  Again, the meeting is at 6:30 pm on September 14th.

Illahee Letter to County Commissioners. We saw several versions of a letter being drafted by the Illahee Community’s (the non profit group) Board of Directors raising concerns about reported excessive population projections that may affect Illahee.  We don’t know all the details, but thought we should at least print the text of the shortened version of one of the letters to let residents know about their concern.  The item is on the Commissioner’s agenda for Monday evening, September 12, 2011.


The Illahee Community Board is trying to digest the recent decision from the Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB) and how the decision might affect Illahee.

We are anticipating the decision will require the reworking of the Land Capacity Analysis and a management analysis of the Urban Growth Areas.

We have been told the BOCC is poised to accept projected growth allocations, which are reported to be excessively high, at the September 12, 2011 Board meeting, which could impact Illahee.  We request any growth allocation decision be postponed until the impact of the GMHB decision is better understood by Illahee residents.

Please reschedule your decision for a future meeting.

Flyover & Camera Some have asked for more information about the flyover and the camera system.  We found some information on the cineflex camera used in the flyover on Wednesday.  The photos are taken at the Port Angeles airport during a refueling stop and shows the helicopter and camera along with cine-photographer, John Trapman, and our filmaker, Shelly Solomon.  The camera system is expensive reported to be about $600,000.  It was developed for the military by General Dynamics with this version used by filmmakers for high quality films, as previously noted in an earlier update.

Jim Aho


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Illahee Community Update 9-7-11 Docks, Moles, Flyover, Barred Owl

New Dock at University Point? We received the following email regarding the relatively new dock at University Point:

Do you have any information about the new (and huge) dock that is down the beach “north” towards University Pt.? 

Many of us were surprised…and confused about how this was allowed.  One of our neighbors was told that there was absolutely no reason to pursue putting in a “small” dock as it would never be allowed.  Now we see this.

Does this mean that the process has changed in some way?  Should my neighbor try again to put in his small little dock?

Any info. you have on this would be helpful.

Dock Installed Last Year. While some did not notice the dock until recently, it was installed last year.  While on a boat ride we took pictures last year after the pilings were put in and again this year which shows the completed dock.  Though technically not within the Illahee community boundary, a number of Illahee residents attended the hearing before the Hearing Examiner because of the close proximity to Illahee’s northern border.

Are More Docks Being Planned? We don’t know if more docks are being planned in Illahee, though we have heard from those who were considering one, and evidently from the above email others are interested.  The Shoreline Master Program is being updated and docks, floats, etc requirements will likely be spelled out.

Moles. We discovered a dead mole this morning on our driveway.  These animals have powerful paws and claws for digging through soil and small eyes since they very rarely are seen above ground.  Their fur is soft like a mountain beaver.  This one had darker fur than we remember of other moles we have seen.

Wednesday Flyover. Today (Wednesday 9/7/11) a helicopter filmed Illahee, the shoreline areas, Illahee Creek, and portions of the Illahee Creek watershed.  The Illahee Forest Preserve non-profit group was collecting to help fund the flyover and reported they were just a little shy of the $600 goal, and wanted to thank the nearly 15 people who promised to contribute.

Email Updates Garbled? When we switched website software we started posting the Updates on our website, and then copying them for sending out via Gmail.  We had the following report that some of the emails have been garbled and are wondering how prevalent the problem is:

The last few Email messages have come to us unreadable.  On each line, the top half of the letters show, but not the bottom.  I did notice when I went to the reply mode, the lettering was fine, as you can see below.  I’m not too sure what the problem might be, but thought I’d let you know just in case others have the same thing happening and you’d like to see how many are involved.

If you are having problems like this please let us know.

Barred Owl Picture. Lots of Barred owls in the area and another great picture and email from a recent sighting.

I took this picture this morning (Sat Sep 3). I was at the kitchen sink, glanced up and saw this owl in the trees behind my house on Roosevelt St NE.
Thanks! Thanks for giving us feedback on the Updates and for continuing to send in items and pictures.
Jim Aho

Illahee Community Update 8-25-11 Flyover, Illahee Day, Garden Tour, Scout Project, Fair, Peach Eating Deer

Flyover 99% For Sure. We heard from our filmmaker, Shelly Solomon, that the flyover over Illahee is 99% for sure and the date will be sometime in September.  They are deciding on what helicopter to use so now we need to come up with the rest of the funding.  The IFP is halfway to their now $600 goal and any contributions are greatly appreciated.  Checks should be made out to the Illahee Forest Preserve (IFP), which is the non-profit corporation that supports the Illahee Preserve.  Contributions can be mailed to the IFP Treasure who is Don Jahaske,  at P.O. Box 3047, Bremerton, WA 98310.  The $25 and $50 contributions are making a difference.  Thank you!!

Illahee Day. Lots of accomplishments last Saturday during Illahee Day.  John Lind was there with his camera and captured some of the action.  We have included a couple of his photos, and hope to put more on the revised website, that is in transition and in the process of being updated.

Illahee Store Cleanup. We heard that a couple of local residents found out that the dumpster for the Illahee Day cleanup was only one third full, so they took it upon themselves to cleanup the area around the Illahee Store, that was getting to be quit a mess.  They reportedly had to climb in the dumpster several times to stomp down the stuff, so they could get all the store area debris in.  We have attached before and after photos to show the difference.  Thanks to all those who work so hard to keep Illahee clean.

Garden Tour Results. While there were not big crowds, those showing their gardens and those attending reported enjoying the garden tours on Saturday.  Thank you Chris and Jennifer, Carol, and Jim for showing your gardens.  John Lind took photos at two of the gardens, and we have included just one photo of many.  Again we hope that we can post the rest on the website later.

Scout Project. We stopped by on Tuesday to see how the Eagle Scout trail project was progressing, and found a bunch of hard working scouts making great progress on a new trail.  Just a couple of pictures at this time.

Illahee Preserve at the Fair. We found the Illahee Preserve being promoted at the Kitsap County Fair this week.  There was an “Illahee Preserve/Illahee Creek Restoration Project” map along with the text of the signs that are being designed for the Preserve.  They have been  sharing a booth the last two years with the Central Kitsap Community Council, which represents the Central Kitsap area of the county.  (The person in the photo is Jon Pierson, who used to be a local school bus driver with an Illahee route, and is now a council member.)

Peach Eating Deer. We heard that one of our neighbors was having trouble with deer eating their peaches, and then a couple of days later we had to pick our peaches when the deer discovered our peach tree.  This is based on the on evidence of a partially eaten peach on the ground, that definitely looks like the markings of a deer mouth.

Jim Aho

Illahee Community Update 8-17-11 Corrected Garden Tour Address, Flyover Update, Preserve Work Parties

Corrected Garden Tour Address. We need to correct the garden tour address for Chris and Jennifer Nelson.  The correct address is 6244 Illahee Road.  There will be three concurrent garden tours between 1 and 3 pm on Saturday (8/20/11) afternoon, following the Illahee Day coffee and work parties at the Illahee community dock and the Illahee Preserve (at the Almira parking lot).   The addresses of the other two garden tour residences are 5934 and 5940 Illahee Road.

Can A Person Attend All Three? We have been asked if it would be possible to see all three gardens during the two hour time between 1 and 3.  Each garden tour will be about 35 minutes, with 5 minutes in between to get to the next garden.  In other words the concurrent tours will start at 1 pm, 1:40 pm, and 2:20 pm, so the answer is you can view all three gardens.

Flyover Update. It appears the flyover will probably happen as the film company agreement has been made and now they are looking for a helicopter.  September is the time frame and the Illahee shoot will happen on the way to the Olympic Peninsula.  We didn’t get much of a response from our previous update asking if there were any who would be willing to help with the expense of this project, though there were those who said they would like more information.

Illahee Forest Preserve Supports Flyover. The Illahee Forest Preserve (IFP) voted to help with the flyover project.  This action will allow gifts marked for the flyover to be tax deductible since the IFP is a 501.c.3 non-profit corporation.   The minimum amount needed is $500 for this to happen.

Quality Film? We have been told that this is Hollywood movie type of equipment and that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get a high quality and professional flyover film of Illahee.  Our filmmaker is known for quality films that are often shown at nature film festivals.  We have attached an aerial still photo of the area that was taken years ago.  Let us know if you can help.

Snoqualmie Film. We have been asked to provide a more direct link to the Snoqualmie Falls film mentioned in the previous update.  It is:

Preserve Work Parties. This appears to be the time for everyone to catch up on work in the Illahee Preserve.  On Wednesday evening there was an East Bremerton Rotary work party.  On Saturday morning will be a group from Illahee Day, which is sponsored by the Port of Illahee.  And next week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings there will be Boy Scout working parties on a trail project in the Compass Circle area.

Volunteer Preserve. We have been told that the Illahee Preserve is an experiment where volunteers and support organizations (like the Rotary, the Illahee Forest Preserve non-profit, and the Port of Illahee), work with the Stewardship Committee and the Parks Department, to plan, develop, and maintain the Preserve.   The three work parties this next week are an indication the experiment is working.

Jim Aho

Illahee Community Update 8-15-11 Illegal Fishing, Flyover?, Illahee Day, Garden Tours, Culvert Concerns

Rock Cod Fishing Illegal.  It turns out that the rock cod we took pictures of the other day were illegal.  The season is closed for rockfish.  We should have realized something was wrong when the person said the fish were cabezon, which are legal.  Below as some of the responses we received, including the last one from Fish and Wildlife.

 I thought you couldn’t keep Rock Cod,  ’cause they were endangered…..
If I recall correctly the daily limit for rock cod per person is one rock cod…..It has been awhile since I reviewed the limit regulations. 
Don’t know who was busy fishing these Rock Cod, but they apparently do notpay any attention to the Reg’s.   As catching of Rock Cod is and has been Closedin all inland water Area’s 6 Port Angeles to Area 13 in Olympia  for some time. Because WDFW says they are a threaten species. 
fishing for rock cod in area 10 is CLOSED.  In fact rock cod fishing is closed in all of areas 6 thru 13.  Any fish cops on your e-mail list??
Gina Piazza passed on the Illahee Community update. I just wanted to pass on to you that all rock fish retention in Puget Sound is closed as this resource is struggling in most areas. These rock fish (the ones pictured are Quilback I believe) are relatively slow growing and only reproduce at an older age, and even then only have successful reproduction years occasionally. Essentially they need all the help they can get.Please let WDFW enforcement know if you see poaching occurring, the best way to reach them is to call the Washington State Patrol (360) 478-4646 and they will be able to dispatch an officer if available.
Illahee Flyover?  Many of you are aware that is film is being produced about Illahee including what is being done to study, preserve and restore the Illahee Creek watershed.  We received information that there is a possibility that the film could contain some flyover footage if it could be funded incidental to another project on in the Olympic Peninsula.  The crew is based out of Boeing Field and would be flying over this area on their way to the primary film site.  The estimate for the Illahee flyover cost and filming is between $500 and $1000.  Since this is still in the planning stage at this point, we are trying to find out if there are residents who would be willing to help fund the flyover.  We have only mentioned this to two residents and we already have commitments for $50 and $25.  If you would like to help, please respond to this email with an amount, and we will pass the information on, and hope this happens.  We have attached the link to the outfit that is being considered so you can see the kind of work they do – check out their film of Snoqualmie Falls.  
Saturday is Illahee Day.  This coming Saturday, August 20, 2011, is Illahee Day (8:30 am – 12:30 pm).  Much of the planned work will be at the Port properties at the community dock and 5560 Ocean View Blvd.  Those working at the Illahee Preserve will be working on the rain garden and possibly moving wood chips onto trails.  We have heard some would like to work on the roadways near their residents.  There will be a dumpster somewhere near the Port facilities.  Remember that for the workers the Port will furnish lunch beginning at 11:30 am.
Saturday is Garden Tour Day.  We have 3 residents who have agreed to show their gardens in the afternoon of Illahee Day.  The garden tours will be going on concurrently between 1 and 3 pm.  Carol and Bob Henning reside at 5934 Illahee Road, Jim Aho resides at 5940 Illahee Road, and Chris and Jennifer Nelson reside at 6224 Illahee Road.
Illahee Forest Preserve Meeting Tuesday.  The Illahee Forest Preserve non-profit group meets at the Port facility at 5560 Ocean View Blvd on Tuesday evening beginning at 6:30 pm.  The Preserve itself is 444 acres, and with the recent addition of the 107 acre Rolling Hills Golf Course, the total Preserve acreage is 551 acres, which is a major part of Illahee and a significant forest, nature preserve, and recreation area.  This group is always looking for residents willing to help oversee this special place.
Illahee Creek Culvert.  We stopped by the Illahee Creek culvert that goes under Illahee Road the other day and found the clear opening to be slightly more than 24 inches, which is considerably less than the design opening that shows on the culvert drawings of 5′-6″.  We have been told that a smaller opening will handle the water, but we think that a 24″ opening is too small for a big storm, such as December 2007.  There are a number of residents who are concerned about a possible washout at the culvert and consider this culvert to have failed.  With a new road resurfacing of Illahee Road this summer the culvert’s small opening is not good news.
Jim Aho