Boggs Forest Manager Update, Nov. 10, 2015

The following letter went out to our email distribution list, and is a quick recap of the FOBM meeting held at Cobb Elementary School on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. A more detailed summary will be available in the Dec. newsletter. To sign up for updates, please submit your email on the right navigation bar of this Website. Thanks!
Dear Friends,
We had a very good turnout last night at the informational FOBM meeting. Boggs Forest Manager, Nick Kent, held an excellent slide presentation of BMDSF (Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest) before and after the Valley Fire.
This email is intended to provide you with the attachments showing the burn severity of the area and an overlay map to help you discern which areas and trails were impacted and to what degree.
Please note that the severity is measured by CAL FIRE professionals. We as community members may have widely inconsistent opinions on what we might regard as severe, so please keep this in mind as you view the burn map and compare it to what you see from publicly-accessible roads such as Hwy 175.
FOBM is grateful for Nick’s time and outreach, and especially his gracious manner in responding to the audience’s questions. Our board and members are in strong support of the incredible work that Nick has put into managing the several agencies and research personnel, while responding to public queries in the limited time he has available. Not only has he been working with CAL FIRE and timber personnel and cleanup crews; Nick has also been working with researchers from Humboldt State and UC Davis Extension, who are monitoring many areas in the forest. Thank you all for your patience, and please know that Nick is doing his best to respond to your questions.
Kudos also to the many present and past BMDSF fire personnel and community members, such as previous forest manager Gerri Finn, who have returned and stepped up in the fire recovery phase.
A more detailed summary will be forthcoming in our next newsletter (December). The primary takeaways that we would like to leave you with here are:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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:
There are many other hikes and rides in Lake County and environs (though admittedly, none as gorgeous and user-friendly as Boggs), and here are some resources to find them:
Thank you all for your care and support of Boggs.
We wish you a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
The FOBM Board
P.S.  Note this Friday’s meeting at the Black Rock golf course (formerly Rob Roy) on High Efficiency Home Design:


ICON_Burn Severity Boggs Mtn DSF


Hike/Ride and Leave No Trace at Boggs Mountain!

Leave No Trace hike and presentation at Boggs Mountain Demonstration State ForestThe Lake-Mendo unit of Backcountry Horsemen of California (BCHC) and the Friends of Boggs Mountain invite the community to a Leave No Trace presentation, followed by a hike/ride on Boggs trails.

This free event will take place on Saturday, July 25, beginning at 9am. We will meet at the clearing adjacent to the start of Gail’s Trail across the main parking lot.

Leave No Trace refers to a set of outdoor ethics promoting conservation in the outdoors – It is built on seven principles: plan and prepare, travel & camp on durable surfaces, dispose waste properly, leave what you find, minimize campfire impacts, respect wildlife and be considerate of others.

Lisa Daes, a Kelseyville resident and her pal “Miss Muley”, will be leading the 15-20 min. informative and entertaining talk. Lisa has been a BCHC member for over 10 years, and previously served as State Co-VP of Education. Lisa is a certified Leave No Trace trainer through the Center of Outdoor Ethics, a Wilderness Rider educator with Backcountry Horsemen, and Volunteer Wilderness Ranger with the Los Padres Forest Service.

A moderate 2-mile hike on Boggs trails led by Friends of Boggs Mountain board member, Karen Rhoads, will follow immediately after the talk. Please wear sunblock, bring a hat, water, and wear sturdy shoes. Bike and horseback riders are also encouraged to attend, and are free to explore the trails on their own after the presentation.

Presenting: Nature Plus Art = Narture !

NartureThe Friends of Boggs Mountain (FOBM) invite kids ages 5-105 to free outdoor “nature meets art” mini-workshops to be held at Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest this July.

Two arts & crafts instructors, including Cobb artist Hannah Meredith, will combine a delightful outdoors experience with creative artistic expression using “forest litter” – pine cones, leaves, lichen. The nature experience may include a brief hike combined with qigong, an energizing and mind-calming body-mind exercise.

The dates are Saturday July 11, Wednesday July 15, and Saturday July 18, from 10am-noon.

The mini-workshops are free of charge; however, children under 18 must be accompanied by their parents or guardians who will need to sign a liability waiver.

The site is wheelchair-accessible with assistance. Bring folding chairs and something to drink. Water and light refreshments will also be available.

Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest is at the end of Forestry Rd., about 1.5 miles north of Cobb off Hwy 175.

Click here to RSVP or for more info, call 707-809-5299.

Piano Beneath The Pines !

Chopin and other classical piano pieces at Boggs Mountain Demonstration State ForestThe Friends of Boggs Mountain cordially invite you to a delightful melding of music and nature with Karen Rhoads at the classical piano on Saturday, June 27 at Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest. Rhoads will play from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. and again from 11:15 to 12:00 noon. Admission is free.

Rhoads is a Cobb resident and FOBM board member. While growing up in Springfield, Illinois, she studied piano with several teachers, most notably, with well-known instructor, George Ecklund.

“I had drifted away from my music over many years. As my parents aged and became ill, I wanted to reach back to good times when we enjoyed music together,” says Rhoads.

The head of the Santa Rosa Junior College music department put Rhoads in touch with Dr. Rudolph Budginas to help her get back “in the groove”.

KarenRhoads_Piano“Rudolph not only has a performance career; he is that rare genius who also teaches brilliantly,” she adds.

Rhoads will play favorite selections by Bach, Chopin, Schumann, Scriabin, Grieg, and Kuhlau, providing introductory comments about each piece.

The community is invited, and children are welcome. Bring folding chairs or blankets, and relax and enjoy the music in a shady grove at Boggs.

The site is wheelchair-accessible with assistance. Refreshments will be provided.

Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest is at the end of Forestry Rd., about 1.5 miles north of Cobb off Hwy 175.

For more information, contact Karen at 707-321-4964 or email beardie1 [at] sonic (dot) net.

Horse Camp Gets New Water Tank And Trough!

Photo of horse camp at Boggs Mountain Demonstration State ForestSeveral years ago, the Lake-Mendo Unit of the Back Country Horsemen (BCH) established a horse camp on a beautiful level site at the intersection of Roads 500, 530 and 400. Paul Villanueva, President of this BCH unit, has worked hard with other volunteers over the years to add more facilities: a highline, vault toilet, and fire pit. But it has been a dilemma as to how water could be brought to the camp and made available for horses which can require 5-10 gallons of drinking water a day.

FOBM and BCH held several discussions to find an economical, low impact solution. Finally this past winter, we decided on a 2,500 gallon water tank, providing a gravity-fed trough (covered to minimize evaporation and debris) located at an elevation at least 2 feet lower than the bottom of the tank. The water would be used solely for equine consumption (with signage indicating this) so as to minimize tank refills. A float valve in the trough will regulate the amount of water drawn from the tank.

Photo of Back Country Horsemen member laying down pipe for horse trough at BoggsPhoto of installing water tank at Boggs Horse CampWe successfully acquired a grant from the Cobb Geothermal Mitigation Fund Committee for the materials. Paul planned the system, and with other BCH members, installed the tank, pipes and trough in a couple of weekends this past spring.

FOBM has committed to helping pay for the next two tank refills. With the establishment of a silent ranger at the horse camp, we hope that equestrian campers can help fund the refills as well.

Photo of horse drinking out of brand new trough at Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest horse camp

Photo of horse camp volunteers from the Back Country Horsemen at Boggs

We are grateful to the Cobb Geothermal Mitigation Fund Committee for their generous assistance, to the BCH volunteers who worked tirelessly on this much-needed facility, and for the great collaboration between FOBM and BCH leaders to finally make this happen!  Let us know if you’d be interested in volunteering with FOBM to support our mission to enhance the visitor’s experience at Boggs!