Illahee 3/22/16 Photos, Preserve Story Walk, Work Party Friday, Wood Chips, Preserve Rain Garden, Restoration Plantings, Preserve Photos, Port Asbestos Abatement

Photos.  A male Common Golden Eye on the beach, Canada Geese on a roof, Malards at the Preserve’s detention pond.

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Preserve Story Walk.  A filled to overflowing parking lot on Saturday indicated lots of interest in the Illahee Preserve as 110 people joined the walk.  Josh Farley’s blog coverage and photos can be accessed at:  http://pugetsoundblogs.com/bremertonbeat/2016/03/21/story-walk-the-persisting-illahee-preserve/

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Work Party Friday.  Another major work party will occur this Friday (3/25/16) at the Preserve with the Washington Youth Academy cadets.  These work parties are coordinated by the East Bremerton Rotary and the plans are to get all the major work done before a busy summer season.
 
Wood Chips.  The goal with wood chips is to have all of these piles of chips on the trails by the end of the day.
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Preserve Rain Garden.  The rain garden are being reworked by Kitsap County to handle more runoff and will be planted soon with low profile native plants.  We took a picture of a concerned rufous-sided towhee who was soon to loose his home to the work.
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Restoration Plantings.  The plants that were removed are being salvaged for other uses, with a number of them being transferred to restoration areas within the Preserve.
 
Preserve Photos.  The first two are of storm damage.  The small flowers are from an Indian Plum with the last photo of the 500 year old Douglas fir tree that was one of the stops during the Story Walk mentioned earlier.
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Port Asbestos Abatement.  Awhile back while at the Illahee community dock we noticed an abestos abatement going on in the uninhabited floors of the former Deitch house and asked to see where the asbestos was.  Turns out it was in a tiled over orange flooring in a bathroom (the first photo) and a small area of cement board in the overhead of an outside area (the second photo).  It is nice to see this proactive action by the Port to find and remove asbestos in its properties.
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Jim Aho

Illahee 11/30/15 Walkers, Wood Chips, Preserve Downed Trees, South Wind, North Wind, Avery Homestead, Western White Pine, Illahee Store Sign, Timbers Edge, The Lost Continent Phase 2?

Walkers.  Lots of walkers in Illahee but the most interesting was today of two grandparents giving their granddaughter (Bethany) a ride in a wagon pulled by a pet sheep named Rambo.
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Wood Chips.  We need help with getting wood chips to the people who want them.  There were four people requesting wood chips and instead this load was dumped at the Preserve.  If you see a tree service with chips they want to get rid of, have them contact us and we will put them in contact with people who actually want them.  The Preserve doesn’t need anymore at this time.

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Preserve Downed Trees.  Thanks again to those who keep the Illahee Preserve’s over 5 miles of trails open and cleaned up.  These volunteers (Rotary, Stewardship, and community members) go through a Kitsap County training class to make sure they know how to safely operate and maintain their personal chain saws.  Several years ago, when there were a number of major storms, over 100 trees needed to be cleared from the trail system.  
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South Wind.  So what damage did the recent south wind cause?  Roughly 20 trees came down over the trails including some big ones.
 
North Wind.  The more recent north winds took down another 10 trees that had to be removed.
 
Western White Pine.  We were surprised at the number of Western White Pine’s that had their tops blown down in the Preserve.  The photo below is from a residence that had the same problem.
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Illahee Store Sign.  It also appears the north winds also broke the sign at the Illahee Store.
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Avery Homestead.  Neighbors on both sides of the Avery Homestead reported the noise from a big tree coming down.  The tree was so heavily covered with English Ivy that it was hard to see the tree.  When it came down it trimmed the branches of one of the nearby redwood trees.  It is a good reminder that if you have trees with ivy on them that they are more susceptible to being blown over.  You just need to cut the vine trunks at the base of the tree.
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Timbers Edge.  With the recent purchase of 25.5 acres of the Timbers Edge project, there are questions as to what is going to happen with the remaining 10.7 acres that was not purchased.  The Illahee Forest Preserve (IFP), the non-profit group that organized the purchase of the 25 acres, is working on developing an updated long range master plan.  What kind of natural areas and recreational features should be considered to serve a large anticipated future urban population, say in the next 20 to 50 years?  These discussions need to involve the County and the City of Bremerton (whose residents are major users) and meetings are hoped to commence this week.
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The Lost Continent Phase 2?  Until the talks mentioned above happen, the Lost Continent project is temporarily on hold.  Phase 2 is hoping to begin soon so those who want to make end of year 2015 contributions for tax purposes can do so.  There were also a number of people who wanted to contribute to Phase 1 after the necessary funds were collected, so it is hoped they will still want to help.  More information will follow when we find out about the discussions.
 
Jim Aho

Illahee 10/10/15 Timbers Edge Phase 1 Purchase Completes, Many to Thank, County Thanks, Community Thanks, Phase 2 Meeting, Preserve Work Party, Wood Chips, Earthquake Information

Timbers Edge Phase 1 Purchase Completes.  It took awhile for everything to come together, but the purchase of 25.5 acres finally closed on September 29, 2015.  Because state and some county funds were involved, an appraisal was needed to verify property values.  Below is what we saw on Facebook today.

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Many To Thank.  So many people and groups to thank for making it happen.  The property owner, Jim Tallman, and the developers, John and Gary, who gave the community an opportunity to purchase are especially to be thanked.  They were the ones who contacted the community to see if we wanted to purchase the property and then stayed with us when we assigned the purchase details to the county (since it was to be part of the Preserve) which delayed it past the original closing date because of the then required appraisal.  Without their commitment and patience it wouldn’t have happened.
 
County Thanks!  Thanks to the County Commissioners, their staff, and Parks and the State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) and our Senator and Representatives!  They each played an indispensable part.
 
Community Thanks!  And finally a big thanks to the community members who showed their heart for their community, preservation and conservation of the Illahee Preserve, Illahee Creek and its watershed and aquifers, by contributing nearly $130,000 to reach our funding goal for the Phase 1 purchase.

 
Phase 2 Meeting.  What about the Phase 2?   We will begin meetings next week to discuss Phase 2 possibilities.  Some of the group working on Phase 1 are tired, and others are energized now that Phase 1 is completed.  If anyone would like to help, please let us know.
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Preserve Work Party.  On Friday, October 2nd, another Washington Youth Academy work party completed a number of projects in the Illahee Preserve.  All the wood chip piles are now gone, and have been distributed to the trail system, and some of the small water puddles along the trails have been lined.  The Preserve has been getting high marks for having such a great trail system, thanks to groups like the Washington Youth Academy and the East Bremerton Rotary that coordinates the work parties.
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Wood Chips.  With the winds we had today (Saturday) we are likely to get calls from tree companies to see if we need wood chips for the Preserve.  We don’t need wood chips but if others would like a load of chips, give us you contact information and we will pass it on the the tree companies should they call us.
 
Earthquake Information.  We saw a display in Seattle the other day that showed the Seattle Fault Zone and noted that it goes west across Bainbridge Island and into Illahee.  The second photo is of the text under the graphics.
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Jim Aho

Illahee 10/29/14 Wildlife Photos, Comprehensive Plan, Illahee Sub-Area Plan, Community Meeting, Wood Chips, Illahee Creek Salmon?

Wildlife Photos.  Some fall wildlife photos.  The squirrel has a chestnut in its mouth.  It is interesting how close a person can get to the bucks during the rut when a doe is near. These were just outside of a netted garden area.

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Comprehensive Plan.  We all should have received the following mailer regarding the 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update.  The Update should be especially important to Illahee Residents as it can give residents a voice as to what they want to see in their community.
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There is also the county’s website with much more information, which looks like this.
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Illahee Sub-Area Plan.  It has been 6 years since the Illahee Community had their sub-area plan approved and it is time to review and update/edit or retain the vision and goal statements.  The Illahee Community non-profit group is looking at heading up the process.  The sub-area plan can be viewed at the county’s website:  http://www.kitsapgov.com/dcd/community_plan/subareas/Illahee/subarea_finaled.htm.
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Community Meeting.  A community meeting is being planned for November, hopefully at the Sylvan Way Library.  At one time Illahee wanted to establish their own Community Council, similar to Manchester and Kingston, but were discouraged in doing so because of the already established Central Kitsap Community Council.  Note below the recently announced sub-area meeting for Manchester, Kingston, and Suquamish.  Maybe when Illahee has a firm meeting date the county will announce it, even though we don’t have a county established community council. 
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Wood Chips.  When the Soil Factory stopped accepting wood chips, the Illahee Preserve has been inundated with tree companies wanting a place to dump them.  Signs have been placed trying to stop the dumping at the Almira parking lot, only to have them dumped in the parking area at the Thompson Lane parking lot.  If you see anyone doing so at Thompson Lane please note any company name on the truck or a license number so it can be stopped.  The chips have to be hand moved and it takes special work parties and lots of person hours to clear them from the parking lot.  Either send an email that we can pass on or call 479-1049.
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Illahee Creek Salmon?  This photo is a few weeks old and likely a spawned out Illahee coho since it was close to the mouth of Illahee Creek.  We saw it early one morning with some eagles nearby.  By the time we got to the beach to take its picture, this was all that was left.
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Jim Aho

Illahee 8-31-14 Swallows, Illahee Day Report, Illahee History, Young Pheasant, Wood Chips, Holly, Crab Season, Clam Posting, Ship Traffic, Rainbow, Weeds?

Swallows.  Watched the two young swallows on the end on the gangway getting fed by their parents who were flying over the water catching bugs.

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Illahee Day Report.  There were approximately 40 to 50 who attended Illahee Day on August 16th, with lots of positive comments.
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Illahee History.  The Manette Historical Society is hosting Bob and Carol Henning on Tuesday (9/2/14) who will be reporting on the subject “Growing Up in Illahee”.  Visitors are welcome.  The group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 1 pm in the basement of the Manette Community Church.
 
Young Pheasant.  We happened to get this photo (through a railing) of a young rooster pheasant who was just getting his colorful plumage.
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Wood Chips.  Just when it appears all the accumulated wood chips around the Thompson Lane parking lot of the Illahee Preserve were spread, a new batch appeared.  We heard volunteers are trying to get something going rather than wait for the next scheduled work party on October 10th.
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Holly.  English holly is just one of the invasive species the Illahee Preserve volunteer maintenance crew is trying to eradicate.  We found one small English holly stump that had been removed in Illahee recently with its root system somewhat intact, and noted the roots extended out 12-20 feet out in all directions, making it especially hard to get rid of as new starts can come up from any of the roots.
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Crab Season.  We haven’t monitored this year’s crab season, and with it closing on Monday (9/1/14), we would like to hear some reports on how successful it was for residents.
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Clam Posting.  Want to let any clam diggers know that the area is still posted.
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Ship Traffic.  This ship was seen leaving the Bremerton area and going through Rich Passage, and returned about a week later.
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Rainbow.  There was a rainbow on Saturday and we were fortunate to capture it with a kingfisher on a sailboat mast and a boat going by.
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Weeds?  We remember seeing weeds like these in a decorative arrangement, but don’t know what the name is, so hope someone will be able to help us.
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Jim Aho

Illahee 7/25/14 Flycatchers, Illahee Stormwater Project, Stormwater Article, Benthic Testing, Other Bugs, SWD in Raspberries?, Illahee Day, Homeless Camps, Wood Chips, Interim Map

Flycatchers.  We were not aware of flycatchers until we received the email below showing photos of 4 babies. Wikipedia notes its diet “As a flycatcher it will wait on a perch and when it sees a flying insect it will chase it without any apparent effort. They also enter swarms of gnats, mosquitoes and wherever such insects congregate. They fulfill an important role in keeping insect populations in check, particularly mosquitoes. and they also eat caterpillars and spiders.”

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A pair of Pacific Slope Flycatchers raised a brood in my back yard (see attached). They often use man made structures to nest on and in this case it was a ladder hanging on the side of my well house. It was on the bottom step. Fortunately, I have only a couple of cats in the neighborhood and they didn’t find the nest. The pictures are only 2 or 3 weeks apart.
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Illahee Stormwater Project.  Kitsap County is currently working on a stormwater pond project in the Kariotis development that benefits Illahee Creek.  They are enlarging an
existing stormwater pond and increasing the size of the drainage piping. We heard the people in the development have not been happy with the disruptions, such that the county produced an information sheet to explain the project.  Below are some photos of the roadwork to put in the larger pipe and the pond after the surrounding vegetation has been removed. 
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Stormwater Article.  Last Sunday’s Kitsap Sun (7/20/14) had a great article on stormwater and we will try to find the link to it later. 
 
Benthic Testing.  And Monday’s Kitsap Sun followed with an article on benthic testing. We will try to find the link to this article also. Illahee Creek is tested every two years and the results have not been good, likely the result of the excessive sedimentation that has filled the culvert under Illahee Road, and threatens the culvert with a washout.
 
Other Bugs.  While the benthic testing looks at aquatic bugs, we found some bugs hatching out under a lettuce leaf, that appear to be stink bugs.
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SWD in Raspberries?  Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) (Drosophila suzukii) is a
soft fruit pest that at least one Illahee resident feels it is attacking her raspberries, and possibly her blueberries.  She recently soaked her raspberries in a salt water solution and out came a bunch of very small white worms.  If they are the spotted wing drosophila they are from Asia and were discovered in California in 2008 and in Washington and Oregon in 2009. Below is a life cycle slide of the SWD from a WSU publication:
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Illahee Day.  For planning purposes, the Port of Illahee has selected August 16 to celebrate Illahee Day.  The location is near the entrance of the dock and the time is from 4 – 7 pm.  We will post more information as it becomes available.
 
Homeless Camps.  Only two homeless camps found this month, but there are concerns as the word on the street is that homeless camps in the Central Kitsap area are scheduled to be removed, which usually results in them looking at moving into the Illahee Preserve.
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Wood Chips.  Wood chips continue to be unloaded at the Preserve’s Almira parking lot.  The other evening we helped level a big chip pile near the Preserve’s sign and wish we had taken a before picture.  
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Interim Map.  Good news about trail maps.  A new one is being developed, and an interim map was printed up and posted on Wednesday.  Thanks to Rob and the guys at the Planetarium on Pacific Avenue for the interim maps.
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Jim Aho

Illahee 7/4/14 Flags, Ferry Names, Bear Responses, Preserve Work, Wood Chips, Rain Garden Work, Clean Water Kitsap, Pink Arrows, Girdled Trees, Adopt-A-Road Interest, Deer Reports, Local Scenes

Illahee Flags.  Nice to see flags flying in Illahee on the 4th of July.

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Ferry Names.  Illahee came out ahead in the Sun’s local voting for naming the next Ferry, according to the following article: See http://pugetsoundblogs.com/commute/2014/07/03/illahees-the-peoples-choice-for-new-ferry-name/#axzz36TLngyJa
 
There could be another Illahee in the state’s ferry future.
That was clearly your favorite name for the new boat that’s coming to Bremerton in a couple years. Now I have to usher the name through the bureaucracy and get it picked by the state Transportation Commission.
The first Illahee served the state for 59 years before being abruptly yanked in 2007 because it was rusting away. It was scrapped in 2009.
Over the past couple months, you sent in dozens of names. They were whittled to three most popular — Illahee, Suquamish and Radulescu. In final voting last week, Illahee received more than half (179), though Suquamish (87) and Radulescu (84) also showed solid support.
It might’ve been more fun to crusade for Tony Radulescu, the state trooper shot to death during a traffic stop near Gorst in 2012. Many of you realized that would probably be in vain, however. The guidelines state that names honoring individuals should be avoided, but will be considered it the person has been dead for at least 20 years and has enduring fame. As beloved as Tony was, he doesn’t meet those criteria.
Several of you mentioned he deserved to be memorialized, but in a different way. Tony got more support from you than the votes indicate.
Radulescu also bucked the guideline that the name be consistent with existing fleet names. With the imminent retirement of the Evergreen State, they’ll all be tribal words.
Illahee fits. It means “land,” “country” or “place where one lives” in the Chinook language.
It’s also a pretty community three miles north of Bremerton overlooking Port Orchard Passage that was a former Mosquito Fleet stop. A nearby state park also adopted the name.
The naming process hasn’t officially begun. Washington State Ferries first has to sent the Transportation Commission a schedule for when it needs one. Then the commission will  formally solicit names.
It’ll be up to me to build a case. I have to show how Illahee conforms to the ferry-naming guidelines, provide background, and get letters of support from local, regional and state bodies and officials. I’ll be pushing this as the people’s choice, so it would be great if you want to write up your thoughts and send them to me.
The proposals first go to the Transportation Commission’s ferry team, which reviews them for compliance. Eligible ones advance to the full commission, the ferry advisory committee executive council and Washington State Ferries for review and input. They’ll be posted on the Transportation Commission’s website for public comment. The full commission looks at all the input and the ferry team recommendation and makes its decision.
 

Bear Responses.  Some of the responses from the last update on the bear.
 
Some years ago a friend who lives about half way between us had a bear get into his bird feeders, and a girl whose family lives near the Steele Creek estuary, which would be north and west of you, had a bear destroy a bird feeder she had made, which would again be some years ago.  Maybe it is the same bear with a taste for bird seed.  Also, a couple of years ago we had a bear come through Illahee and ended up in an apple tree eating apples.  He came from the north and then went back north.  Again, maybe the same bear?  Interesting to speculate.  I’m just glad we have enough habitat left for them to be around.  Now if they got into my garden, I might feel differently.
 

…the bear actually returned that same night for about 45 minutes.  I think he took a nap after his initial feeding that afternoon.  I added a couple of pics showing the height of the feeders and him easily reaching them.

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My feeders have been down since the bear was here, but I have repaired them and intend to put them up again.  They have suet cages on them in addition to the sunflower seeds. We really enjoy the variety of birds and mammals that feed on them.  Next time they will be higher and further from the tree trunk

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I think this bear was here two years ago, but we didn’t see him.  I had different feeders then and he really mangled them.  I first thought some raccoons were the culprits, but the tree had claw marks that were a full hand span wide.  Obviously no raccoon.  Probably this same bear and he is getting bigger!

 
Preserve Work.  The Illahee Preserve is sometimes called an experiment of whether the local community can manage and maintain a major park.  In this case Greg Bush from the Soil Factory volunteered again to level the piles of dirt and sand at the Almira Parking lot where eventually there are plans for a picnic shelter. Thanks to Greg and Marty Goit at the Soil Factory!
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Wood Chips.  There were a few years when few wood chips were available, including the time when the rain garden went in, and the Illahee Forest Preserve non-profit group paid over $400 to have mulch brought in.  Those days of a shortage of chips are gone as a few weeks ago it appeared the Thompson Lane parking lot was going to be totally filled with chips.
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Again, Greg Bush and Marty Goit of the Soil Factory came to our aid and moved the wood chips over the guard rails, where they will be spread later.  Thanks again to Greg and Marty.
 
Rain Garden Work.  More help for the Preserve came unexpectedly on Wednesday (7/2/14) when a county rain garden cleanup crew showed up to take care of the weeds in the Native Plant Demonstration Rain Garden beds at the Almira parking lot.  Thanks to the county’s Clean Water Kitsap group for all their help!!
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Clean Water Kitsap.  For those who may not have noticed there has been a name change and the Surface and Storm Water Management (SSWM) group has been changed to ‘Clean Water Kitsap.’
 

On May 22, 2014, the Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Management Program officially became Clean Water Kitsap. This program collects stormwater fees from properties in unincorporated Kitsap County in order to fund efforts to reduce pollution, specifically through reducing polluted runoff. 

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Pink Arrows.  Does anyone know who is marking trees in the Preserve with pink chalk arrows.  If there is a reason for the markings they will leave them on for a short while.  Let us know and we will pass the information on.
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Girdled Trees.  Some large fir trees came down in Illahee on Monday and questions were asked about why.  It turns out many years ago some of the neighborhood kids strung a wire-rope zip line between the two trees that girdled (stangled) them causing the tops to break and then multiple new tops formed along with trunk rot at the location of the girdling making it necessary to take them down.
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Adopt-A-Road Interest?  A number of Illahee residents walk our roadways, and some of them pick up trash.  If individuals, community or service groups sign up for the county’s program they receive training, safety equipment, bags and free disposal for their help. We have been asked if this could also be community or port sanctioned activity, or if it should be done by individuals.  Any thoughts?   2014 volunteers “who meet the program’s annual cleanup commitment and wish to show off their adopted road are recognized with an Adopt-A-Road sign.”  
 
Deer Reports.  A report came in about an aggressive doe with a fawn that reportedly attacked a dog and guy in the 3rd Street area.  Let us know if you have more information.  We also received this photo of a local buck.
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Local Scenes.  Clam digging, yet there are warning signs still up from January. Fishing and crabbing season began this week, and gardens are looking great. 
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Jim Aho 

Illahee 6/21/14 Local Bear, Mourning Doves, Pheasants, Website, Wood Chips, Photo Problems

Local Bear.  While we were on a vacation the following email came in from a friend in Brownsville, which was sent 8 days ago (incidentally, we didn’t see any bears on our trip to Alaska, but did see a black wolf).
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Jim, this big guy came to our back yard this afternoon.  I had bird feeders that were suspended about 10-11 feet above the ground.  He ripped the bottoms out of both and sat eating the black oil sunflower seeds for about 15 minutes.  This is about 3 blocks south of the Brownsville elementary school.  I called WILDCOM and reported the sighting.  They said to remove the feeders when safe.

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The guy said he may or may not stop by so I told him I would print out a few pictures for him and have them here if he does show,  This was the biggest black bear I have ever seen and I’ve seen a lot in Montana.

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Mourning Doves.  Photos of a pair of local mourning doves.
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Pheasants.  Some more local pheasant photos.
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Website.  The website was down for a few days. Thanks for letting us know.  The domain names were supposed to be on an auto-renewal, but there was a problem when a new credit card was issued.  Thanks to the Illahee non-profit groups who pay the domain fees for the website.
 
Wood Chips.  It appears that there are plenty of new wood chips at the Illahee Preserve’s Thompson Lane parking lot.  Bet we will soon be hearing about another work party.
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Photo Problems.  Some have said the photos in the emailed updates are not coming through.  We are looking into what may be the problem.  In the meantime they can be viewed at the illaheecommunity.com website, where they are also archived, along with 7 years of past updates.
 
Jim Aho

Illahee 11/3/13 Cormorant, Downed Trees, Caterpillar, Wood Chips, Port Election Letters, Power Outage

Cormorant.  Friday (11/1/13) was a quiet day at the dock for photos, except for a cormorant, and then a row boat.

Downed Trees.  The Preserve is checked regularly for downed trees over the trails.  The tree below was taken care of on Thursday (see the before and after photos).  Other trees were cleared Sunday morning after Saturday’s wind storm.  Thanks goes to the volunteers who so faithfully keep the trails open!  Also, let us know when you find downed trees over trails, since we aren’t out there every day.
Caterpillar.  This caterpillar was on one of the branches of the above downed tree.  It seemed late to see caterpillars.  We identified it as a
Spotted Tussock Moth (Lophocampa maculata) whose larvae stage is supposed to be from July to September, so it is a late sighting.
Wood Chips.  If you recently visited the Almira parking lot of the Illahee Preserve, you are aware of all the new piles of wood chips.  We heard the Rotary is hoping to have another work party with the Washington Youth Academy, but may need a few other volunteer work parties to help spread the chips.
Port Election Letters.  There were two ‘letters to the editor’ in the Kitsap Sun last week regarding the Port of Illahee election, which we want to include in this update, since it not only informs residents, but the updates also privide a historical record, which is easily accessed on the illaheecommunity.com website.  The first one has a link to it and came out on Wednesday (10/30)  http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2013/oct/29/letter-to-the-editor-illahee-port-changes-needed/, the second came out on Thursday (10/31) but did not have a link.

Power Outage.  There was an approximate four hour power outage in parts of Illahee on Saturday from the wind storm. Thanks for the photo of the downed wires along Illahee Road, which was located opposite of the Illahee North development.
Jim Aho

Illahee 10/4/12 Owl, Coyote Reports, Wood Chips, Clean Trails, Forest Policy Hearing, Film Event, Lounge Chair, Crime Reports

Owl.  Some great owl photos came in this morning.  We are trying to begin our updates with photos, preferably of wildlife, so we especially appreciate those who forward their wildlife pictures.

…..for about an hour and a half today it was quite a racket. I figured at first that a baby crow had fallen down so I just clapped my hands sounding like a gunshot and the crows flew away. They were just up the hill from Oscar’s cabin and I was working in the shop. Really, about an hour later I began to tune into the crows still making a lot of noise, so I walked up and found this in a tree. I ran down to the house and got my camera and hoped that I wasn’t too late. As you can see I made it. About only 20 feet up an old cedar.
Coyote Reports.  Coyote photos are hard to come by, but we were copied on an email regarding coyote concerns that we want to pass on, along with a response and a new report from early Thursday morning.

Thought I would drop you a note to warn you that the coyotes are in full force in the canyon area by your home and if you have neighbors with small pets they may want to watch their cats and small dogs very carefully.  I would appreciate it if you would get the word out.  ……… it appears that the Sunset pack has either grown and separated or a new group has moved down this way.

RESPONSE:  We lost our cat in July and I assume it was the coyotes. You probably got my flyer in your mail box.

Last evening at 3 am I was outside checking on things and heard what sounded like a pack of coyotes howling in response to faint siren sound.
Wood Chips.  A few weeks ago we depleted the wood chip pile at the Almira parking lot, and were hoping to deplete the one at the end of Petersville, resulting in the Rotary putting out a call for more chips.  As you can see from the photos above and below, they were quite successful.
Clean Trails.  After being out of town for awhile, we decided to take a walk in the Preserve and pick up trash.  To our surprise, all we could find were only very small pieces of paper and plastic, along with a few discarded tissues.  We didn’t even find any evidence of dog droppings or discarded bags.  Thanks to all the Preserve users who keep the Preserve amazingly clean!!!

Forest Policy Hearing.  There will be a public hearing before the Kitsap County Commissioners this coming Monday (10/8/12) to hear testimony regarding the Forest Stewardship Policy document that is being presented for adoption.  We are attaching the notice on the Park’s website, followed by the link to the document.  We have talked to several who have read it and found it hard to review because of the grammatical errors in the revised draft.  Preserve users and supporters are encouraged to attend, or forward your comments and we will pass them on to the Preserve Stewardship Committee.

The Forest Stewardship Program will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners during their regular business meeting on October 8th (Note date change).  The presentation will be followed that evening with a Public Hearing.  A public comment period will be available after the Public Hearing. The Board of County Commissioners have tentatively scheduled a “decision only” on October 22.  The link to the document is: http://www.kitsapgov.com/parks/Parks/Documents/Forest_Stewardship_Program/Forest%20Stewardship%20Policy%20-%2009%2014%202012draft_WithMaps&Matrix.pdf

Film Event.  We found the cost to attend the environmental film showing of the Elwha film and Illahee film will be $10 ($9 plus $1 handling fee).  We heard the films may be reviewed by local newspapers prior to the showing, and if so we will provide links to any articles.  Copies of the films will be available for purchase at the Admiral showing.
Lounge Chair.  The other day a floating lawn chair washed up on a nearby beach.  If you are missing one, please let us know.
Crime Reports.  We have been forwarded copies of summary electronic crime reports in our area, but they don’t seem to cover all the thefts in the Illahee area.  We presume others are aware of these kinds of reports that can be accessed on the internet.  Let us know more so we can pass the information on.

Jim Aho