- Please respect the forest closure. It is for your safety as well as the safety of others who may have to come and bail you out of a dicey situation.
- What may seem like a sacred space after a burn is in reality, a significant hazard zone. A tree that may look “OK” may suddenly fall and collapse. This is not a warning simply to frighten people. It is a common occurrence witnessed by Nick and other CAL FIRE personnel months after a burn. In addition, mammoth-scale cleanup and timber harvesting machines will be in the forest.
- There are hazards of stepping into depressions or holes where a tree previously stood but was burned to the ground. These depressions can be hard to detect. At least two CAL FIRE staff were injured this past year from this type of hazard.
- The anticipated re-opening of the forest is some time in the end of summer 2016. CAL FIRE is considering opening certain sections, but Nick cited the challenge of keeping the public from exploring other areas that are off-limits.
- Reforestation, tree planting, etc. will not happen until late fall/winter of 2016. Thank you to those who have enthusiastically sent their emails on wanting to help replant, but we need to wait another year before we can head out to help the foresters.
- FOBM will continue trail maintenance in the area behind Cobb Elementary which is still part of BMDSF but is open and mostly unscathed in the fire. The next trail maintenance day will be Sunday, Dec. 13 at 9am. Please meet at Cobb Elementary parking lot and contact David Thiessen for more info: 707-295-5972
- Thanks to FOBM co-founder Tim Battaglia, who provided the following link with some interesting data and photos (see last two pages with “Values at Risk” information) with regard to the post-fire watershed study:http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/
trails/hike/ and http://konoctitrails.com/ trails/ Also look at the right navigation bar for links to trails in adjoining counties
get-outside/tuleyome-trails The non-profit Tuleyome has excellent trail guides and maps for trails in the Putah and Cache Creek watersheds, mostly within the new Berryessa National Monument.
trailfinder/browsebymap/? statecode=CN Trails.com trailfinder. Zoom in the Google map to find trails