Tree Study Completed

A study of all trees along the Francisco Drive corridor was just completed for the Lake Forest Owners Association by certified arborist, Ken Menzer of Abacus.

Mr. Menzer conducted individual assessments of all 1,040 trees along the corridor, rating them from 0 (dead) to 5 (no apparent problems) in a 56-page report provided to the Association.

Residents of Lake Forest Village are advised that maintenance of the corridor’s trees will begin soon. The Abacus study provides numerous recommended actions that the association’s landscape company, Capital Landscaping, will refer to in caring for the trees. Trees rated 0 or 1 (Extreme problems) will receive first attention.

In some cases, this means removal of dead, damaged, deformed, destructive or dying trees.  Due to their condition, 36 trees (3%) are slated for removal, one of which is a 28″ diameter landmark blue oak which is decayed, dying and poses a threat to public safety.

Francisco/Schooner Crosswalk Gets Safety Review

On Thurs., May 8, the El Dorado County Traffic Advisory Committee approved installation of ADA ramps at crosswalks at the Francisco and Schooner Drive intersection, and requested that further review of whether the current configuration of crosswalks at that intersection pose a safety concern for pedestrians.

The action resulted from efforts by area residents and the Lake Forest Owners Association to move the northern Francisco crosswalk to the south side of the intersection, in order to improve traffic flow and provide direct crossing from the middle school to a sidewalk at Windsor Point Park.  They reasoned that this would discourage school children from walking down the middle of Schooner after crossing Francisco, as they now do.

An engineering and traffic survey conducted by the County Transportation Division determined that moving the crosswalk would not significantly improve traffic on Francisco. However, the committee agreed to refer the issue back to the Transportation Division as a safety issue, before the ADA ramps are installed, in order to determine how best to address the safety of middle school children crossing Francisco at this intersection.

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.