EID Declares Stage 2 Drought Emergency

The El Dorado Irrigation District (EID), which supplies water to El Dorado County, has declared a state 2 level drought emergency, requiring 30 percent voluntary reductions in water consumption.  CLICK HERE to read the full story.

In response to the emergency, the Lake Forest Owners Association has decided not to order annual flowers this year, as they would not survive without 7 day a week watering.  The LFOA will do everything possible to maintain all other vegetation on the corridor given the water restrictions imposed upon it.  Additionally, the LFOA canceled almost $20k in replacement trees and hedge material that was to be planted this spring.  These new plants would have required heavy watering for their first year.

EID Asks For Voluntary Water Conservation

Folsom Lake seen from The Summit in Lake Forest Village (1/21/14)

Folsom Lake seen from The Summit in Lake Forest Village (1/21/14) John Poimiroo

Stopping short of declaring a drought emergency, with water levels dropping the El Dorado Irrigation District is urging water conservation, the Mountain Democrat reported last Friday.

The paper reported: “Folsom Reservoir is approximately 18 percent full as of Jan, 6, which is approximately 37 percent of average for this time of year. Currently, the supplies available to EID from Folsom Reservoir include the United States Bureau of Reclamation contract of 7,550 acre-feet and the ditch/Weber Reservoir water rights totaling 4,560 acre-feet,” said Mueller.

“We are not solely dependent on our water allocation from Folsom Reservoir since we also draw water from our other sources. As a result, we have not experienced the same devastating consequences as other water purveyors who are reliant on Folsom Reservoir. Despite this fact, we are still concerned with the lack of rainfall this winter and are urging customers to voluntarily cut back their water usage, conserve, and not waste water.” the article continued.

To read the complete article, CLICK HERE.

Christmas Tree Adds Seasonal Cheer To Lake Forest Village Welcome

Holiday cheer has been added to the waterfall entrance to Lake Forest Village.

Holiday cheer has been added to the waterfall entrance to Lake Forest Village.

A colorful Christmas Tree is welcoming residents and visitors back to Lake Forest Village during the holidays.  The tree, made of brighly colored LED lights, was added to the waterfall entrance to the Village by the Lake Forest Owners Association.

Mountain Lions in Lake Forest Village

Mountain lions have been predating deer inside Lake Forest Village.  These photos show the results of one attack on a deer, this week.

A deer dragged the bloody carcass of a deer across this driveway in The Summit.

A deer dragged the bloody carcass of a deer across this driveway in The Summit.

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Mountain lion tracks can be seen by the blood stain.

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Bloody scene of a mountain lion attack on a driveway in The Summit.

All that was left of the deer.

All that was left of the deer.

Feeding deer attracts predators and threatens human lives in Lake Forest Village.

Feeding deer attracts predators and threatens human lives in Lake Forest Village.

Feeding deer increases their population artificially, attracting predators and acclimating them to living within the community.  That poses a danger to pets, children and adults who live in the village.

It is illegal to feed deer in California. Penalties may include a fine and/or jail time, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Saving the Heritage Oaks

Lake Forest Owners Association working with the property managers of both the Lake Forest Center [Cassidy & Turley] and the Green Valley Center [Donahue Schriber] engaged the services of two arborists to evaluate the condition of the 4 Heritage Oaks near the intersection of Green Valley and Francisco. Two of the trees are the property of the Green Valley Center and one each is owned by Lake Forest Center and the Lake Forest Master Association.

The great news is the trees are in good condition even though they were somewhat compromised by surrounding construction over 20 years ago. The arborists recommended very limited clearing of upper limbs and, of course, removal of all mistletoe. The Oak owned by LFOA also was recommended to be structurally enhanced with the addition of some cabling. This work was completed June 6th. As you are probably aware lighting was added earlier this year on all four of the trees.

These 4 trees are a beautiful part of the Lake Forest signature and rest assured your Board will do everything to assure their health is maintained.

Waterfall Lighting

The Lake Forest Owners Association Board brought in a lighting specialist and with the cooperation of the landscape architect and landscape contractor additional lighting positions were determined. The purpose is to greatly enhance the visibility of the native boulder placements around the waterfall as well as the waterfall itself. The installation was completed June 6th. We hope you agree this has been accomplished.

Respectfully,

LFOA Board

Gene Harris & Ray Myers

Annual Planting

To address the concern about the flowers / annuals we plant here are the details about why we do what we do:

To plant all the areas at Lake Forrest it requires about 140 flats – these must be ordered and grown via a contract I have with the grower. This is set up 6 months in advance to make certain I get the quantity and types I need and in good quality. The schedule for the flowers is initially set by the growers based on temperatures and conditions to grow all of my material and they notify me of the expected maturity date – ready for planting. This is why sometimes the actual date of the flower replacement changes from one year to the next due to weather conditions for the grower.

This is an expensive process so it was decided to only change out the annuals twice per year to keep corridor expenses down. This is done in September / October for fall and winter and April / May for spring and summer.

I very carefully select flowers that can last the 6 to 8 months needed. The flowers planted for fall and winter have to survive the somewhat warm fall and then through the rain and the freezing temperatures of winter.

The flowers selected for spring and summer must be able to survive the warm and rainy spring and then survive the over 100 degree summer heat.

The flowers that were pulled out in April were the end of the fall / winter cycle and would die off very quickly once we hit the mid 80 degrees or 90 degrees. So we remove them and plant the spring / summer flowers at that time and they remain until September / October because they will not survive the cold or frost of winter and so on.

Also keep in mind that it is very important that the flowers are actually rooted in before the hot weather hits or before the freezing temperatures arrive if we don’t follow this critical timing we could potentially loose all of them during extreme weather events.

The flowers that we removed this April / May have been in bloom since October when they were planted -  they had only just grown larger during the 7 months or so they were in the ground.

The fact that the flowers still look good when they are removed is further proof that we have selected the correct types of flowers to survive the length of time we want them to – no matter what the weather does.

-Capitol Landscape