Illahee 4/25/16 Illahee Photos, TE Purchase Option Expires, Another TE Purchase Option?, Kitsap Great Give, Audrey Boyer Memorial Service, Preserve Work Parties

Illahee Photos.   Vibrant colors and the seasonal sightings of loons.

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TE Purchase Option Expired.   Without an appropriation and without benefactors the Options Agreement to purchase the remaining 10.7 acres has essentially expired.  The closing date is May 15, 2016 but the escrow process needed to start 30 days prior, which was April 15th.

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Another TE Purchase Option?   Kitsap County is pursuing a state Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) grant to purchase the property, if the property owner will still consider selling with a later purchase date.  This is an ongoing process that needs to be resolved soon as the grant deadline is May 2, 2016. The Illahee Forest Preserve non-profit group is supporting the grant and is working to raise the anticipated $50,000 additional funds required for the purchase.

Kitsap Great Give Opportunity.   Kitsap’s Great Give is May 3rd and the Illahee Forest Preserve (IFP) is registered and in hopes of receiving donations during the campaign as there are additional funds that will be distributed depending on giving each year.  Last year there was a small but significant match which increases the size of donations.  This is a great opportunity to help the IFP and it is definitely needed at this time.

Audrey Boyer Memorial Service.  We just received word that long time Illahee resident Audrey Boyer died and that there will be a memorial service for her at the Brownsville United Methodist Church on Saturday May 7th at 3 pm.  Audrey was instrumental in saving the Illahee Preserve as you can see from the photo below and her obituary.

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Audrey Boyer, age 97, died peacefully of natural causes on April 22 at her residence in Bellevue. Born Audrey Lucille Fredrickson in Toppenish, she majored in art at the University of Washington and taught school in Castle Rock and Burlington. She loved skiing and would head for Mount Baker and other Cascade slopes on weekends. She married Lyman Albert Boyer on June 19, 1942. They settled in Bremerton where he worked as a chemical engineer in the Navy Yard and she continued to teach school, completing her Master’s in Education as she worked. She taught fourth grade at View Ridge Elementary, and English, Yearbook, Drama and Debate at East High School.

She lived for 64 years in Illahee, where she was President of the Community Club, a Democratic Party precinct committee officer and a leader in many campaigns and causes, including Amnesty International. She worked persistently and wisely at living a simple, sustainable life. Her belief in the value of education led her to encourage and support many students in completing degrees in higher education. With her former student, Washington State Speaker of the House of Representatives Frank Chopp, and many allies in Illahee, she was instrumental in getting a large tract of forest saved as the Illahee Forest Preserve.

Audrey was predeceased by her husband Lyman and by daughter Virginia Boyer, and is survived by son David Boyer, daughter Helen Boyer, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, in Washington, Oregon, Minnesota and Wisconsin. We remember her for her love of family, her love of friends, her love of nature, her generosity, her artistry, her humor, her high ideals and her hard work. Her children send heartfelt thanks to Grace Alzheimers Home Care in Bellevue, for their excellent care in her most recent years. 

A memorial service and reception will be held at the Brownsville United Methodist Church, 8811 Illahee Road NE, on Saturday, May 7, at 3 PM. The family is pleased to invite all members of the community Audrey loved so much. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to support the Illahee Forest Preserve, http://www.thelostcontinent.org/, or Amnesty International, http://www.amnestyusa.org/donate-to-amnesty.

 

Preserve Work Parties.   The first work party was the replanting of the rain garden plots at the Almira entrance to the Preserve.  The second set of photo’s is from last week’s work party (note the green shirts) with Starbucks with some of the employees coming from Seattle to help.

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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 9/20/15 Illahee Photos, Preserve Work Party, Police Reports, Hiding Spot, Why Illahee?, Culvert, Perry Ave Stormwater Project, Port Thank You, Lost Continent Updates

Illahee Photos.  Thanks to those who share their photos.
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Illahee Preserve Work Party.  Thanks to the LDS church group that accomplished some major tasks on Saturday, September 12th.  Not only did they clean up and give the rain garden a “hair cut”, they also hauled and spread woodchips on trails.  Adults, teenagers, and younger children make it a fun and productive morning, which was followed by a BBQ.  Thanks to all the volunteers to make the Illahee Preserve such a special place!
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Police Reports.  In our last Update we reported on police chase in Illahee, a crashed car, and a drug dealer who fled on foot, and eventually was found and apprehended with the help of a police dog. The first report if from the Kitsap Sun and the second from the CK Reporter.

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The Hiding Spot.  Below is the house where the suspect hid in a lower level storage area where the dog located him.
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Why Illahee?  Why does Illahee have so much of this kind of activity?  We think the reason is Illahee Road is the only road east of State Route 303 (Wheaton Way) for those wanting to go between Bremerton and communities to the north.
 
Culvert.  We monitor the Illahee Creek culvert under Illahee Road periodically to check the clearance as it has been decreasing over the years.  The current clearance is 21 inches maximum, but as you can see from the photo that is just at the center.  The culvert was not cleaned this year as the county has been completing many stormwater projects in Illahee to help decrease the stormwater surges.  Our concern is a major storm, capable of moving logs down the creek, could plug the culvert and wash out the road, which would leave us with some big traffic problems.
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Perry Avenue Stormwater Project.  We received a number of inquiries about a stormwater project on Perry Avenue that dumps water over the hillside into Illahee Creek.  This project was recommended by the Port of Illahee/Department of Ecology report issued in 2008 and was completed recently by Kitsap County Public Works.  The last photo shows two guys installing a second flange.  Those flanges were then covered with 8 cubic yards of concrete which serves as an anchor for the pipe just before it goes over the bank.  At the end is a diffuser to dissipate the energy before it enters Illahee Creek.  The area has experienced a number of slides and this should help.
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Port Thank You.  We want to say a special thank you to the Port of Illahee commissioners who years ago had the foresight to apply for a grant to help resolve the stormwater problems in the creek that also affected Puget Sound.  The Port’s authority extends beyond just the Illahee dock which not always understood.
 
Lost Continent Phase 1 Acquisition Update.  We heard the acquisition in progressing as they wait for an appraisal of the project to complete.  The acquisition is to complete by September 29th and 25.5 acres will be added to the Preserve.
 
Lost Continent Phase 2 Acquisition?  We don’t know the status of the Avery Homestead parcels which is Phase 2.  With the delay in closing for Phase 1, Phase 2 had to be put on hold.  We will let you know what we find out about Phase 2.
 
Jim Aho

Illahee 6/30/15 We Can Do It, July 5th Deadline, $30,000 Needed, Pledge or Online Donations?, More Info, Illahee Photos, Dock Cross Bracing, Fire Danger

We Can Do It!  We are down to the final days of our fundraising campaign to expand the Illahee Preserve by 25.5 acres.  This protects forest and riparian habitat and preserves connectivity for a desired regional trail system.   This purchase will also reduce a dense development abutting Illahee Creek and eliminate a pressurized sewer across the creek and up Illahee Road, among other benefits.
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July 5th Deadline.  We need to start the purchase process by Monday, July 6, so we set Sunday, July 5th as our deadline.  
 
$30,000 Needed.  We still need to raise $30,000 in the next 5 days!  Gifts of any amount are needed now.  Gifts of $1,000 or more will be recognized on a donor wall at the Almira entrance to the Preserve.Pledge or Online Donations?  The pledge form has been popular as donors want to make sure we are going to reach our fundraising goal before actually donating, and it allows time then to send in the money, which isn’t needed until closing.  The pledge form can be downloaded at:  http://www.illaheepreserve.org/attachments/download/22/Illahee-Preserve-TE-Pledge-Form-20150215.pdf

 
Donations can be made easily online at: https://kcf.smalldognet.com/erp/donate/create?funit_id=1111More Info?  More information is available at:  http://TheLostContinent.org, or call Jim Aho 360.479.1049, or Rob Spearman 360.377.5547

Preserve Tent.  Thanks to those who told us about a recent tent in the Preserve.  We posted it and the person left. The last photo shows the area after it was cleaned up of trash.  Thanks to the volunteers who keep the Preserve so clean!!

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Illahee Photos.  Some interesting work boat traffic.  Notice the size of the ferry along side the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
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Dock Cross Bracing.  Important community dock cross bracing being installed to insure the dock’s structural integrity.
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Fire Danger Signs.  We have requested 7 additional high danger fire signs for the Illahee Preserve.  In spite of the dry conditions everywhere, and especially in the Preserve, we still find problem areas, such as this recently covered up fire pit in the Preserve discovered yesterday.
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Illahee 5/4/15 Tent Caterpillars, Illahee Photos, Mating Crabs, TE Tours, Website Name, Great Give Reminder, Donate or Pledge?, FAQ

Tent Caterpillars.  Seems like this might be the year of larger than usual tent caterpillar infestations based on what we’ve seen so far in Illahee.  All the local apple trees in this area of Illahee are affected.

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Illahee Photos.  Some photos of boat traffic on April 30th with the Illahee State Park dock in the foreground.
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Mating Crabs.  These two crabs forgot to check the tide when they got interested in each other.  After we disturbed them they moved into deeper water, and they are fortunate the seagulls didn’t discover them.
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TE Tours.  Timbers Edge tours will be conducted this Wednesday evening (5/6/15) at 6 pm and Saturday morning (5/9/15) at 10 am.  Parking is available along the street at the east end of Nobles Lane.  For more information call 479-1049.
 
Website Name.  Where did the website name come from?   “The Lost Continent” is a historical reference from the community for the watershed area that is trying to be purchased.  We first saw it as the name on the grant that resulted in the purchase of 90 additional acres for the Preserve.  Having ventured up Illahee Creek and traversing much of the watershed, we understand why it was so named.
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Great Give Reminder.  Tuesday May 5th is the day of the great give and the Illahee Forest Preserve is on the list.
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Donate or Pledge?   This is a dilemma for some who want to help with the purchase of Timbers Edge.  On-line donations can be limited by credit card limits.  The purchase of Timbers Edge requires many substantial donations, in the thousand dollar ranges, which is why pledge forms are being used.  Some are opting for both, others with a pledge.  The pledge form is shown below.
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FAQ.  Frequently Asked Questions or FAQ sheets are often helpful, especially on major projects. The FAQ for the purchase of Timbers Edge just came out last week.  It is long, but informative, so we thought it would be good to include it in an update.
 

The Lost Continent/Timbers Edge Purchase Campaign

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Based on questions asked at meetings, as well as comments, phone calls, and emails, we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions regarding our efforts to expand The Lost Continent through the purchase of the Timbers Edge development. If you have questions not included here, or simply would like to discuss particular concerns further, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

DONATION QUESTIONS

1.  How do I donate? The Illahee Forest Preserve has established The Lost Continent/Timbers Edge fund at the Kitsap Community Foundation (“KCF”) to hold and manage the contributions to our fundraising campaign.  KCF will issue a tax acknowledgement to each donor upon receiving a donation to The Lost Continent/Timbers Edge fund.

Donations can be made by check paid to the order of “Kitsap Community Foundation”, Memo: The Lost Continent/Timbers Edge fund, and mailed to: PO Box 3670, Silverdale, WA 98383.

Donations can also be made online by credit card at the KCF website (note:  credit card fees will be applied):  http://tinyurl.com/nksr6lp

2.  Can I make a pledge and donate later?  Yes, we have a number of people who wanted to pledge their support before the KCF donation site was set up.  We are still accepting pledges and pledge forms are available on the website.  Completed pledge forms can be mailed to: Illahee Forest Preserve, C/O Jonathan Buesch, Treasurer, 6253 East Boulevard, Bremerton, WA 98311

3.  Can I donate stocks or land?   Yes, the Kitsap Community Foundation can accept gifts of stocks and marketable assets such as real property.  Please contact the Foundation or the Illahee Forest Preserve for more information.

4.  What can I do to help?  We can always use more help!  The Illahee Forest Preserve is an example or model of how volunteers can manage and maintain a major nature park and preserve.  We currently need help with our capital campaign to purchase the Lost Continent and Timbers Edge properties.  We are also looking for help with the oversight and maintenance of the Preserve properties and encourage people to contact us at our three supporting websites:

TheLostContinent.org (for our Long Range acquisition goals, visions, and plans)

llaheeForestPreserve.org (for Illahee Preserve management and administrative support)

IllaheeCommunity.com (for Update reports on wildlife, the Preserve, and community)

WHY QUESTIONS

5.  Why do you want to purchase the Timbers Edge development? The short answer is the development properties were previously targeted for the expansion of the Illahee Preserve and represent key and crucial properties needed to protect habitat and wildlife corridors and provide connectivity for a desired regional trail system.  The Illahee Preserve has only been in existence since 2001 when the Illahee School Trust Land was purchased from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  In 2005 approximately 90 acres of adjacent properties were added to the Preserve, but not included were the targeted properties that had become part of an impending development called Timbers Edge.

6.  Why do they want to sell the property and the development?  That is a question that has perplexed many as they have a Hearing Examiner approved development worth at least the amount they are asking for it.  The answer is that both the property owner and the developer have stated that they realize the importance of the property to the local community and to the Illahee Preserve, and they would rather it be saved than developed.  (This is the same response we received years earlier when other nearby property was purchased from developers to be added to the Illahee Preserve.)  And in this case, the property owner has also agreed to help with a substantial and generous donation toward the purchase.

7.  Wouldn’t it be better to develop the property and have more tax revenue for the county?  Not Necessarily.  Even ignoring the tangible and intangible benefits of having an interconnected and well functioning natural habitat and wildlife preserve, this line of thinking has been proven wrong by numerous peer reviewed studies.  Quoting from “The Impact Of Parks And Open Spaces On Property Values” by John L. Crompton, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, Texas A&M University, 2007:

“The conventional wisdom among many decision-makers and taxpayers is that development is the “highest and best use” of vacant land for increasing municipal revenues. The belief is that development increases the tax base and thereby lowers each individual’s property tax payments. Hence, larger property tax revenues are likely to accrue to communities if land was built-out with homes, rather than being used as parks or open space.

In most situations, this conventional wisdom is erroneous. When open space is transformed into homes, the taxes of existing residents invariably increase because while the development generates tax revenue, the cost of providing public services and infrastructure to that development is likely to exceed the tax revenue emanating from it. This conclusion emerges from a review of a cost of community studies reported by over 50 different research teams in 21 different states (Crompton 2004).”

8.  Isn’t this the project that prompted the Port of Illahee to fund a stream study?  Yes, there were actually a number of water and hydrology studies done on these properties as the area is a critical aquifer recharge area supplying groundwater to Illahee Creek and also to the North Perry Water District.  The studies showed the importance of infiltrating rain water back into both the shallow and deep aquifers, and the importance it is to the base flows in Illahee Creek.  The studies are referenced in the publication Illahee Creek Watershed Surface Water Management Plan, Parametrix, Bellevue, Washington, October 2008.

9.  Don’t we have enough parks and opens space already?  Surveys continue to show that Kitsap residents desire more parks, yet the county is not funding acquisitions (other than some recent large projects that became available in North Kitsap) and can barely maintain existing parks, relying on volunteers to manage parks like the Illahee Preserve.   As the county becomes more and more developed, there are going to be fewer and fewer parks and accessible areas of open space.  The Lost Continent area is a particularly unique forested area, wildlife preserve, and salmon bearing watershed, in the highest density part of the county, and can provide important habitat and recreational opportunities.  Once developed, there is no going back, which is why it is so critical to protect this natural gem for future generations!

FUNDING QUESTIONS

10.  Why is the timeframe to purchase so short? The project has been through ownership changes that have delayed its getting started.  While the new owner would like to sell it to be part of the Illahee Preserve, he has loan notes coming due this summer.  Additionally he has a county deadline of March 2016 to begin the project and needs to know soon if we will make a purchase so he can get his final permits to begin construction, should we fail to purchase the property.

11.  Why are you asking us to contribute when grants are available?  We applied for the only grant we were aware of that fit the timeframe we were given, which is a Birkenfeld Trust grant that was applied for in March, with the results to be announced in June.  Most grants require a much longer turnaround time and the application schedules did not fit our situation. 

Additionally, grants rarely fund a major portion of a project and normally require a match, or a percentage of the project costs.  The bottom line is if we want this we will need to help pay for it.

12.  Why didn’t you ask for funding from local, state, or national government sources?   Again, the timeframe was too short to get the information to elected officials, much less into any appropriation plans or bills.  Nevertheless, elected officials have been contacted and are supportive of our efforts. Again, nearly all government money requires a corresponding match.

13.  Do you really think it is possible to raise $767,000 and $1,700,000?   Yes, but only because of the generous contribution of the property owner, coupled with the possibility of a substantial grant, which means we need only raise about half of the above amounts. By having two options (25 and 36 acres) it becomes more doable.  We feel confident we can raise the funds for the 25 acres especially if we are successful with the Birkenfeld Trust grant.  And once we are successful with this first phase, we think with two additional months to raise more funds, we can be successful with the purchase of the remaining acreage.

14.  When will you know if you are going to be successful for the 25 acres?  We will know as soon as the contributions reach the $767,000 threshold.  With the $350,000 gift of the owner, the amount needed to be raised would be $417,000, which is doable.  We have applied for a Birkenfeld Trust grant of $300,000 and will find out in June if we are successful, which would bring the amount to be raised to $117,000.  We hope to have those funds raised before July.

15.  You seem to be banking on the Birkenfeld Trust grant coming through. Why do you think your application will be accepted?   We don’t know what other applications are being considered by the Birkenfeld Trust, but feel we are a good match for the grant when we look at the criteria they have posted.  First of all, we satisfy the Kitsap County requirement.  Second, there is a critical urgency to our request that will not allow us to wait for another grant cycle.  We only have a few months to secure the property or it will be developed.  Third, we have a great naming opportunity, a requirement of the grant, and have an architect working on a design for a donor recognition area.  Fourth, the Illahee Preserve is a highly visible major nature preserve in one of the most densely populated areas of Kitsap County and provides unique community educational and recreational opportunities (a forested Central Park, a wildlife preserve, a nearly self-contained watershed, and a salmon stream).  Fifth, the Illahee Preserve is a model of how community volunteers can manage and maintain a major heritage park (working collaboratively with local governments) into a premier nature attraction.  And finally, we have a history of being successful in the endeavors we have undertaken as the Preserve as expanded from 352 acres in 2001 and to 545 acres in 2011 (which includes the 104 acre golf course).

16.  Why didn’t you start fund raising earlier?  We started limited fundraising efforts at the end of 2014 when the purchase proposal was first presented.  It concentrated on Illahee Forest Preserve board members and those close to the project and raised roughly $50,000 in gifts and pledges.  However, the “critical mass” did not come about until early March 2015 when a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed, which also allowed for the Birkenfeld grant application to be submitted in mid-March.  This is when the capital campaign officially began with weekly planning and strategy meetings to determine how best to raise the necessary funding to purchase the properties.

17.  What are your fundraising plans?   Because of the short timeframe, we are already many months behind a normal fundraising schedule.  Major donors are the key to a successful campaign and those individuals need to be contacted now and in parallel with other grassroots efforts.  The two-prong parallel effort is underway with the emphasis on directly contacting all potential donors.

18.  What amounts are you looking for from donors?  Most potential donors have money available for causes they like and are supportive of.  In our case the property owner is contributing $500,000 towards the purchase and stated the best use for this land is for it to be part of the Preserve rather than be developed.  We are looking for financial gifts from other major donors ranging in the $100,000 to $250,000 range who feel the same way with a goal of raising $550,000.  Our second tier donor range is from gifts under $100,000 and over $25,000 with a goal of raising $350,000.  The remaining $300,000 needed would come from over 100 individuals with gifts ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

19.  What do you mean when you say donations may be effectively doubled?  If we are successful with the Timbers Edge purchases, they are planned to be used as a 50% match for a state Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) grant to purchase the remaining Lost Continent properties.  Landowner agreements have already been obtained for a majority of these properties, meaning the landowners are interested in either selling or granting a conservation easement on their property to expand the Preserve.  The goal is to complete all of the remaining Lost Continent properties acquisitions with a successful 2016 RCO grant application.

20.  What is your timeline for completing these plans?  Our goal is to complete the Timbers Edge purchase ASAP, and the Lost Continent acquisitions beginning in 2016.  Our brief schedule is as follows:

April                Website, Print Media, Fundraising Plans

May-June        Fund Raising

July                  Prepare papers for August 5th closing for 25 acre TE purchase

July-August     Fund Raising

September       Prepare papers for October 4th closing for remaining TE purchase

Early 2016       Prepare RCO application

May 2016        Submit RCO application to purchase Lost Continent properties

21.  Who can we contact for more information?  The primary contacts are:  Jim Aho, IFP President, (360) 479-1049, Rob Spearman, IFP Vice President, (360) 377-5547, Jon Buesch, IFP Treasurer, (360) 415-9885, or Merrill Evans, IFP Secretary (360) 377-3545.

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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Illahee 12/20/14 Illahee Photos, Enhanced Ditches, Stormwater Projects, Beavers, Illahee Preserve, Timbers Edge Purchase Campaign, TE Property Tours? TE Sewer Plans?

 Illahee Photos.  Thanks for all the photos this past year, and for these that came in this week.  The second photo of the Stennis was enhanced, otherwise the ship tended to blend into the overcast.

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Enhanced Ditches.  It was in early November we noticed what is being called ‘enhanced ditches’.  Here are some updated photos showing them finished.
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Stormwater Projects.  Not only are ditches being enhanced, but also stormwater pond #288 was enlarged this summer, and is shown completed in the photo below.  The county is trying to minimize the stormwater surges impacting Illahee Creek and the culvert under Illahee Road, as a road washout is not what the residents or the county want to have happen.
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Beavers.  Beaves also fall into the stormwater discussions as some would like to see beavers in Illahee Creek to help mitigate the stormwater surges.  As stated before this should be a community decision, but the first step was to put it on the agenda of the Illahee Preserve’s stewardship committee and the non-profit Illahee Forest Preserve.  The decision was to investigate it further, so if residents have any input, we will pass any of your comments on to them. 
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Illahee Preserve.  Some major work was accomplished last Friday with the leveling of some dirt piles and the big job of moving the illegally dumped wood chips from the parking spaces at the Thompson Lane parking lot.  Greg Busch from The Soil Factory again helped us by volunteering to do the work with a front end loader that would have taken a big work party an entire day do accomplish.  We don’t know what we would do if it wasn’t for Greg’s continuing and generous help!  Thanks Greg!
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Timbers Edge Purchase Campaign.  The fliers describing the Timbers Edge purchase campaign are scheduled to arrive on Monday.  They are looking at having them distributed door to door by neighborhoods, beginning with those neighborhoods most affected.
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TE Property Tours?  Evidently the plan to get permission from the property owner for scheduled walk-throughs of the property.  We will let you know when when we have more information.
 
TE Sewer Plans?  There was also a request to find out more about the sewer plans and costs to residents should the TE purchase not take place.  That request will take more time to investigate and possibly a special meeting with county Public Works staff.
 
Jim Aho