High Tide Photos. Some more Illahee high tide photos, though not always taken at the extreme point of the high tides. Schutt’s Point is nearly under water in the second and third photos.
Second Culvert Clean-out. We reported the first clean-out of the Illahee Creek culvert was stopped after a mechanical failure of the excavator. The second clean-out event occurred on December 5th with another 7 dump truck loads of sediment being removed.
That something was of utmost importance to her. Low and behold, it was a childs book, entitled “Where Once There Was a Wood” by Denise Fleming. It is a story for children about how we must protect the earth so that wildlife will have a chance to roam and that through our actions we can treat the earth gently. This Illahee resident has asked that this book be shared with the community.
If you would like to check it out, or feel like you would love to read it to your child, please feel free to call Judith or Irwin Krigsman at 792-6934. We would be happy to deliver it to you.
Now, I know why I live in Illahee, people care and people share!
Kayak Stolen. On Thursday night a kayak was stolen from a residence north of the Illahee Community Dock. The kayak had a red top, somewhat faded, and a white bottom. It appears the thief was headed south toward the dock based on where they left the wheeled carrier they likely used to get the kayak to the water. There aren’t many places to get a kayak out so we presumed they took it out at the dock. If anyone has seen anything or has information that would be helpful, please let us know. A reward is being offered.
Website Information. We thought it would be good to explain some about our website illaheecommunity.com that has be undergoing some recent changes. We still have lots to learn about websites, but with some help we are getting better. Awhile back we changed website managers and also the software for creating the website posts that most of you receive as emails. It has been a learning experience as we went from two or three people involved with putting an update on the website to primarily just me, and after a year or more I think we are getting better.
Each day, illaheecommunity.com generates 266 pageviews from 53 visitors. The website receives an average of 1,649 visits and 8,244 pageviews per month. It is given a rating of E, due to its very low performance.
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Illahee Film Questions. Lots of questions continue to be asked about the new Illahee film “Illahee -Saving Puget Sound One Watershed at a Time“.
Woodpeckers. The Illahee Preserve is filled with the evidence of woodpeckers, and they are often spotted as can be seen by these pictures. They are of a hairy woodpecker as evidenced by it’s medium size and long bill. The red feathers on the back of its head indicates it is a male. We thought the photo below which shows its feet was interesting.
I could understand if the trails were super mucky but in general the trails are hard packed dirt w/ a nice coating of pine needles and other tree debris so I’m not sure why woodchips are even needed?
I read the pamphlets at the trail head about creating an interpretive trail etc, I would suggest also keeping bikers in mind. There are no decent bike trials in the Silverdale/Bremerton area and having some place to ride without having to head south to Banner woods or north to the pope resource land near Pt.Gamble would be a huge benefit to the community.
By creating trails that are tailored specifically for walking you will attract the casual nature walker but I believe you’ll also attract homeless people and teenagers looking for a safe place to get high and drink since there would be less risk of running into someone on the trail. (BTW while pedaling up hill yesterday I rounded the corner and encountered a young man and woman smoking from a bong walking down the trail, I believe if they felt there was a risk of more bike activity (since bikes are quick and silent) they wouldn’t have chosen the preserve).
Check out Banner Woods, it’s a GREAT resource that caters to not only bikes but trail runners, walkers, horses, etc. And you don’t see woodchips anywhere in Banner.
Thanks for reading my rant, and if you decide to start creating trails with bikes in mine let me know as I would be willing to volunteer my time.
Brush Pickers Back. It is hard for us to believe that the same brush pickers that we encountered on January 30, 2012 were back today (2/18/12). We took a picture of their truck in January, and again today when it appeared the driver came back to pick up his three friends who again picking salal. When we confronted the pickers a little earlier in the afternoon they took off running, but dropped the heavy load of bundled up salal, which we confiscated. The bundle was so heavy we couldn’t lift it and had to drag it to the parking lot. You can see the size of it next to the dedication rock.
King 5 Video. It took someone who knew what they were doing to get the King 5 video coverage of last week’s brush picking. We were hoping the TV station would put it on their website, but when they didn’t we had to find someone who recorded the news, then isolate the portion we wanted, so we could post it on YouTube. Thanks to those knowledgeable individuals!
The shady crew bosses will have both a legal and illegal crew. The crew boss will take a bigger cut of of the illegal pickers to put in his pocket and mix it in with the legal pickings. Some of the illegals may be on the run and dangerous. It can be scary working a forest and running into a group of marauding pickers with machetes and wondering if they are going to run or protect their pickings.
I walk the park every other day and have run into pickers several times as well as campers.
Rock Cod. The other day we stopped at the Illahee community dock and asked like usual asked how fishing was. We were surprised that they said it was great and one person showed us three rock cod he caught.
Monday Meeting to Hear Brush Picking Proposal. We received notice last week that brush picking was being proposed for the Illahee Preserve (as a funding source for the Parks Dept) and late last week we heard that Scott Raymond of Raymond Evergreen was going to be available to discuss the subject with the Illahee Preserve Stewardship Committee and other interested parties.