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.

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.

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