Illahee 9/12/17 Preserve Fires, Saturday Fire, Monday Fire, Photos, Port Public Hearing, Comp Plan Goals

Preserve Fires.  Fires in the Illahee Preserve are the biggest concern, especially with such an extended dry season.  The fire danger is high as signs around the Preserve indicate.

Saturday Fire.  This fire was a small one in the middle of the Golf Course Loop trail. 
Monday Fire.  We don’t know who reported the Monday fire but the smoke was visible for miles and King 5 had a photos with the Olympic Mountains in the background.  Thankfully it was off the Power Line which made it more accessible and special thanks to CKFD for their quick response!  The Preserve and Illahee dodged a big one!
Encampment.  Reports noted an encampment close by.  We found signs of mail scattered along the trail that wasn’t there two weeks earlier when a Washington Youth Academy crew was clearing the power line trail.  The encampment was in the Wildlife Preserve area that isn’t open to the public.
Photos.  We just missed getting a photo of Canada geese with the deer shown under the apple tree.
Port Public Hearing.  The Port of Illahee held a public hearing on Monday where they presented their Comprehensive Plan.  Comments are encouraged over the next four weeks after which the Port will finalize the Plan.
Comp Plan Goals.  The Comp Plan covers the Port’s plans for the next 6 years with the “Goals” section being a good summary.  The entire plan can be viewed on the Port’s website:
Port Goals
Jim Aho

Illahee 9/7/17 Photos, White Deer, Gas Line Installation, Illahee Creek Benthic Testing, Salmonids Sighted, Summer Base Flow, Port Public Hearing, Port Comprehensive Plan, Preserve Shelter Dedication

Photos.  Thanks to Ginny for the deer photo.

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White Deer.  Several months ago a white deer was seen near the mouth of Illahee Creek and we are curious if it is a piebald or an albino.  A piebald deer is one with a genetic anomaly affecting its color.  Pie means mixed and bald is for white spots.  There have been quite a number of piebald deer seen in the area over the years with small patches of white, but so far none mostly white so we are hoping someone will get a photo of this one.
Gas Line Installation.  Traffic was down to one lane on Wednesday at the bottom of Illahee hill while a gas line was being pushed through under Illahee Road.
Illahee Creek Benthic Testing.  Also on Wednesday Kitsap County was conducting benthic testing in Illahee Creek with the help of a couple of Stream Stewards.  The samples will be sent in and the results will tell the stream’s health.
Salmonids Sighted.  The good news is salmonids were sighted swimming between pools.  A small dead one was found that appears to be a coho.
Summer Base Flow.  With no rain for most of the summer many wonder what happens to small streams.  Illahee Creek has a base flow rate that doesn’t seem to change, even in the driest of season.  Hydrologist Joel Massmann many years ago estimated the summer base flow to be around half a CFS (0.5 cubic feet per second) and that is what the digital equipment showed it to be on Wednesday.
Port Public Hearing,  Whenever port districts modify or update their Comprehensive Plan they are required to hold a public meeting so residents can have an opportunity to know what the plans are and to be able to comment on them.  The public hearing on the Port of Illahee’s Comp Plan will be held on Monday, 9/11/17 at 5 pm at the Sylvan Way library.  The public is encouraged to attend and comment.
Port Comprehensive Plan Draft.  A draft of the Comprehensive Plan is posted on the Port’s website:
Preserve Picnic Dedication.  We received notice the East Bremerton Rotary will be dedicating the new picnic shelter they recently built at the Almira entrance to the Illahee Preserve on 9/28/17 at 5:30 pm.
Jim Aho