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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: October 21, 2010

Josh Brown, Kitsap County Central District Commissioner,

Jim Dunwiddie, Kitsap County Parks & Recreation Director, 360-337-5350

Vic Ulsh, Illahee Preserve Stewardship Committee, 

Jim Aho, Illahee Forest Preserve (non-profit support group),
479-1049 or 649-1049

Dennis Sheeran, Port of Illahee, 692-6971

Barney Bernhard, Illahee Community Club,  479-3679

No: 10-57

Illahee Preserve Dedication

(Port Orchard, WA) – The official dedication of the Illahee Preserve, a Kitsap County Heritage Park, is Tuesday, October 26, 2010. A dedication ceremony is set for 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot on Almira Drive, about 700 feet south of Fuson Road in Bremerton..  A dedication plaque is set on a big rock unearthed while constructing the parking lot.

Specifically honored at the dedication are those who were instrumental in the purchase of the Preserve: Frank Chopp, Washington State Speaker of the House; Chris Endresen, former Kitsap County Commissioner for the Illahee area; and Audrey Boyer, Illahee community resident and proponent for the county purchase of the DNR property. Other public officials supporting the purchase were former County Commissioners Tim Botkin, Patty Lent, and Jan Angel, and the many dedicated residents who for over 25 years advocated for the purchase of the property, and establish a park there.

Kitsap County purchased the remaining 352 acres of the Illahee School Trust lands from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in 2001. The County approved a Stewardship Plan in 2003. The plan named the property the “Illahee Preserve,” and recommended an aggressive approach to purchasing adjoining properties, primarily those riparian areas along the Illahee Creek corridor toward Puget Sound. During the past seven years, through grants and gifts—the latest being the gift of the Rolling Hills Golf Course—the acreage has grown to approximately 560 acres.

“The Illahee Preserve was conceived as, and continues to be, an experiment in community planning. Volunteers are taking the lead in planning, maintaining, and supporting a major park facility. The Illahee Preserve Stewardship Committee, the Illahee Forest Preserve Non-Profit Corporation, the Rotary Club of East Bremerton, the Port of Illahee, and the Illahee Community Club are all major contributing partners of the Preserve. By combining local community volunteers, committed community groups, and working alongside Kitsap County Parks Department we are creating a premier nature preserve and park, and we’re doing it as a community,” said Jim Aho.

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