CRAG Meeting Notes- July

CRAG Meeting:  July 9, 2016, Black Rock Golf Course, 10am

Mission: Proactively support the re-growth of our environment and community.

  1. Intro Circle
  2. Pine Summit Pool Update: Membership is over 100 families, and higher than last year.  Thanks to lots of hard work from volunteers and grant funding, families are enjoying their normal summer activities.
  3. Cobb Area Council (“CAC”) Update:  The Resolution drafted by community members to create the CAC will go before the Board of Supervisors on July 19th for ratification, and the first official meeting will be on July 26th, at the Little Red School House at 6pm.  The CAC has a Facebook page for updates, follow along at  As the CAC gets up and running, and receives start-up funding, a website will be created.  Postings for the meetings will be at the Cobb post office, Hardesters, and Loch Lomond.
  4. CRAG Meetings:  To consolidate our efforts, CRAG meetings will be suspended for the time being.   Community members are encourage to be active in the CAC and continue participating in the recovery and regeneration of our community.
  5. 1 Year Anniversary Event:  Cindy and David Leonard are working to plan an anniversary event at Boggs Ridge (behind the school) on Monday, September 12th.  The event will be during the school day, and will be open to the community.
  6. Andre Hawks from GeoStructural Engineering in Calistoga came to explain the engineering requirements for new homes and spent time answering questions.  Visit his website for more information, he is making himself available for rebuilds.

Thank you to everyone who has been participating in and supporting the CRAG efforts since our first meeting in November.  The CAC has been created through this collaboration, and will continue to proactively support the regrowth of this strong, diverse and committed community.

-Jessica Pyska

Cobb Area Council Meeting

A public “town hall” meeting is scheduled for June 9th, at the Little Red Schoolhouse, to discuss the creation of  the Cobb Area Council (“CAC”).  The CAC will be a municipal advisory council, recognized by the State of California, and will serve as the official link between the residents of the Cobb Area and the Lake County Board of Supervisors.  The job of the CAC will be to advise the Board of Supervisors on the specific needs of our community, such as:

  • Planning
  • Public Safety
  • Emergency Response
  • Local infrastructure

The CAC will also work specifically on:

  • Updating the “Cobb Area Plan”
  • Long Term Recovering Plan
  • Disaster Preparedness

The proposed details of the CAC will be presented, with opportunities for feedback and discussion.  Lake County currently has the MATH (Middletown Area Town Hall) as a municipal advisory council, and another forming in the north-east part of the county, called EARTH.

This meeting is open to all residents of the Cobb Area, so please come and be a part of shaping the future of our community.

CAC Public Meeting
Thursday, June 9th, 6pm
Little Red Schoolhouse
15780 Bottle Rock Rd, Cobb


CRAG Meeting Notes- April 9, 2016

CRAG Meeting     4/9/2016- Black Rock Golf Course, 10am.

Earth Day events are coming up
Glenneth will be  having a Paper Crate demonstration at “Forever Green” (formerly Organic Lifestyle in Middletown) on April 23rd.

PG&E Class Action lawsuit is still being reviewed and researched by attorney hired by Friends of Cobb Mountain.  The public will be asked for evidence once it has been determined that there is a strong case.

Updates from Larry Ray, local ecologist
Forest Observations
-Watching to see resiliency of trees to see if they will make it.
-Looks like forest is more resilient than we thought it was.
-Soil in many areas got so hot that seed didn’t survive, no signs of mycelium.
-Boggs has current researchers looking at effects of fire.
-6 mil board feet (only 20%)to be logged.
-There is a lot of live trees mixed in with burnt underbrush.
-Boggs will leave more trees standing rather than just clear cut.
-300,000 tree starts going to reforest Boggs

Creek Monitoring
-Monitoring sites were set up in Kesey Creek
-Two parts to tests – one on site and the other sent to lab
-Turbidity levels high, showing most contamination was from erosion due to disturbance, likely from heavy equipment during cleanup.
-Waiting for more results on Kelsey Creek.
-Working with State Water Board to fund more testing
-Big Valley Rancheria – used there own money to do testing for contaminants, cost is aprrox. $300-$400 per test, Larry will be in contact with them on their process and results.

Native Plant Nursery
-Funded  through Grapes for Good, looking to set up at several local sites.
-Grow native plants to offer to people to replant on private property
-Will bring a list to next mtg of plants to grow

Seed Bomb sent to Cobb School, discussed by Jessica Pyska
-A School in New Jersey made seed bombs, using California native seeds, and sent them to the kids at Cobb School.

Oak Trees Available
Lisa and Rick Burton of Benicia have about 50 oak and buckeye trees to donate.  They can be reached at 707-319-5380.  Anna Grajeda also volunteered to be a person of contact for this project, 415-359-3128

-Coast Live Oak 5 gal. – 5,
-Valley Oak 5 gal. -7, 1 gal. -2, tall planting tubes – 15
-Holly Oak 5 gal. – 3
-Buckeye 5 gal. – 5 , 1 gal. – 4
-Bay Tree 5 gal. -1, 1 gal. -1

If anyone is interested, please contact Lisa directly or Anna.  The trees should be planted soon and will need irrigation over the summer.

Dog Houses Available
3rd grade group in S.R. wants to build 4-5 dog houses for people

-If anyone interested in doghouses contact Jessica Pyska (update- 1 dog house still available)

Carving Our Stories, open weekends through May at Pine Grove.

Local Saw-Mill for hire.
– Joel and Jessica Pyska had their trees milled, see more information at “We’re Milling on the Mountain”
Red Hawk Pallesen
“York Creek Ranch and Saw Works, LLC”

Permaculture Update, by Emelia (“Patience”) Sooy
Sunflower Project (geared toward cleaning a site that you plan to grow food on).
-Nitrogen fixing plants and trees can help repair the soil, Paulownia trees are non-native but very beautiful, fast growing, and nitrogen fixing.  Look for a non-invasive variety.
-Native nitrogen fixing plants are red bud and lupin.
-Cover crops can also help rebuild soil, links are available on the Sunflower Project page

Red Cross, Melanie Garrett
-Working with Team Lake County and individuals to asses needs.
-There are funds available for assistance directly to families, Melanie urged all fire survivors to contact the Red Cross for continuing support, she can be reached at 707-230-0232.
-Funds are also available for those who may not have suffered direct loss, but have been active in community work.
-The Red Cross will be setting up offices at the Little Red School to offer all levels of support for the community to recover.  Resources and case management will be set up there, offered by the Lions Club.


Next CRAG meeting will be May 14th 10am, Black Rock Golf Course

Thanks for taking notes, Jessyca Lylte!

The Sunflower Project

When we started CRAG back in November, we invited permaculture specialists to help us address the problems of soil contamination after the fire.  Emelia “Patience” Sooy is a local permaculture designer who has prepared this “Sunflower Project” as away to further repair and restore the soil around our home sites.  This beautiful plan involves planting sunflowers in the burn zones, as they will take up the remaining toxins in the soil… just read all the way through to find out what to do with those flowers after they bloom!


Healing our Soils after the Fire

The Sunflower Project 

After your home site has been scraped clean what next?  It is likely that the soil in your yard is still contaminated with heavy metals, and hydrocarbons. These items come from burning plastic, metal, and other household items. ( lawn furniture, cars, bicycles ect.) So what do you do now?  How do you repair your soils so that you can feel confidant letting your children play in the yard and grow food that is healthy to eat?   I have done a fair amount of research on the topic.  This is what I have found and feel will be effective in repairing our soils.

Soil Repair Tools

Bioremediation is a treatment that uses naturally occurring organisms to break down hazardous substances into less toxic or non toxic substances.

Phytoremediation is a natural sustainable way to clean contaminated soil, using plants.

Mycoremediation is a use of fungi to break down and remove toxins from the environment.

There are many plants that have been used or experimented with varying degrees of success.  The plants listed below are not the only ones.  There are likely many that could be useful.  There are certain plants that thrive in disturbed soil.  These plants play an important roll in the ecosystem.  Many times they are referred to as pioneer species.  Their job is to hold the soil, accumulate nutrients, fix nitrogen, and create a more moderate climate.  Many of these plants are common weeds.  Consider working with and within nature.  Allowing these plants to do their important work along side you.  Native plants are equal if not better when it comes to phytoremediation, because they have a better-developed mycrorrizal relationship.  That being said this is the plan that would work just about anywhere in our area.

Selecting seeds

Select a green manure, cover crop.  As a base for your other phytoremediators.

There are many seed companies that sell cover crops.  It is best if they are organic or non-GMO.  Here are some that I like.

Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

Hyper accumulators that means they uptake metals and hydrocarbons in large amounts.  They absorb; lead, arsenic, zinc, chromium, copper, manganese, mercury, nickel, cadmium, chromium, copper, cesium, uranium, strontium, hydrocarbons (PAHs polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and TPHs total petroleum hydrocarbons).


  • Soraya a nice bright orange sunflower that grows to 6 feet tall with a single stem.
  • Ring of Fire a multicolored starburst sunflower that’s around 3 to 4 feet tall.
  • Russian Mammoth a beautiful yellow flower that can grow to be 8 feet tall!
  • Velvet Queen red and orange with burgundy undertones and grows to an average of 5 feet tall.

Fava Beans (Vicia faba) Nitrogen fixing, building soil fertility also uptakes Aluminum.

Brown Mustard (Brassica nigra L.)uptakes zinc, nickel, chromium, copper, silver, and cesium.

Preparing your site for growing phytoremediators:

Once you have your plants and your seeds ready.  Consider whether they can live on the site you are planting them.  Is the soil compacted?  If so, you may need to do some site prep to make it easier for your plants to grow.  Use a digging fork to poke holes throughout the site to help break up and allow for more aerobic soil conditions.  You can also drench a newly aerated site with compost tea.  Spraying compost tea will inoculate your site with beneficial microorganisms.  This will help your plants grow better. Then will break down and bind certain harmful chemicals including hydrocarbons in the soil.

Think about how you will irrigate your site.  Will you install irrigation?  Use sprinklers, hoses, or watering cans?  If soil contamination is a big deal on your site, try to avoid watering methods with a lot of splash and run off.  You may choose more low to the ground irrigation like, micro drip irrigation or soaker hose.  If money is an issue hoses and sprinklers will work just fine.

Mulch the soil to avoid splash back with straw or wood chips to protect the seeds from birds, and direct sun.  This will also help the soil hold more water for a longer time period.  Greatly reducing the amount of water needed.

How to dispose of toxic material and plants.

You definitely cannot use questionable plant wastes for compost and soil creation on your site.  This could spread pollution around instead of removing it,

if plants have extracted heavy metals and hydrocarbons from the soil.  Once they have completed a growing cycle you could be left with plants laden with these contaminants that can technically be considered toxic waste.  You need to treat these materials with caution. When you are ready to harvest your plants it is a good idea to get them tested.  To see if they are too toxic too dispose of regularly.

Some people may find that their plants are within acceptable levels for municipal landfilling.  You never know unless you test.  If you cannot afford such testing then it would be wise to treat them as toxic and dispose of then with appropriate precautions.

What to do with plant materials?

  • Municipal Landfill

If your plants have been tested and have acceptable levels of contamination.

  • Hazardous Waste Site

If your plant waste tests toxic.   Above municipal landfill guidelines.  Then collect it and transport to a hazardous waste site.

  • Store and concentrate waste on site

If there is an appropriate place on-site to store plant waste safely.  Then consider concentrating them in part of the site.  In this case, remember you are creating a sacrifice zone.  This is not the worst thing considering that before your whole site may have been a sacrifice zone.  If you choose to do this, choose your site carefully.  You should choose the location with the appropriate characteristics.

  • Dispose of plant wastes at a location that is chosen for its physical stability.
  • Do not put waste near water on your site.
  • Choose a place that is protected from wind and wildlife. Then clearly mark it.
  • Make sure your wastes are covered.  For this you should dump waste into a sturdy animal proof bin or container with lid.
  • Consider purchasing a liner

When harvesting plant waste take health precautions.  Especially, for the first few rounds.  Wear gloves bring a change of clothes and consider using a facemask.

Test soil, grow plants, test plants, repeat.

After 14 weeks harvest the plants.  Test the plants and the soil, repeat as needed.  Some sources recommend 3 years for low to medium contamination.  Some say up to 30 years depending on the type of contamination (nuclear fallout ect….)

You could put container beds on part of your site and grow food crops there.  While phytoremediating the other portion.  Once you have sufficiently remediated that portion you can move the container beds and remediate that place.


If you are hoping to rewild a site, you can plant native grasses plants and trees.  Let nature take care of the rest.  Native grasses have robust root systems that sequester atmospheric carbon into the soil.  The root systems also bond soil contaminants.  They provide habitat for beneficial microbes.  Trees moderate the environment, create mulch, sequester carbon, store a lot of remaining contaminants, and provide shelter for wildlife.  Work with and within nature put up birdhouses and birdbaths.  This will attract native birds.  The birds will bring seeds from the nearby wild-land seed bank while also delivering nutrients.

Phytoremediation to food production

After you have removed waste plants from the site.  Sheet mulch the site.  Sheet mulch is a form of soil building sometimes referred to as lasagna gardening.

  • Slash existing vegetation.
  • Laydown cardboard on top overlapping a bit.  It is important that the cardboard is free of glossy paint, which can be high in lead.
  • Put down several inches of the freshest manure you can get.
  • Lay down several inches of straw.
  • Another layer of manure.
  • Than another layer of straw.
  • Then a layer of finished compost.
  • Then mulch with straw again.

You can plant directly into this layer.  It is important to wet each layer before adding the next  (as damp as a rung out sponge.)  This mimics nature of a climax forest floor.  Creating a sponge that will hold considerable water.  The cardboard is also ideal habitat for mycelium.  At this point you could roll up some oyster mushroom spawn in a piece cardboard and stick it deep in the sheet mulch.  Oyster mushrooms have been shown to take up hydrocarbons and break the molecular chain, rendering them harmless.  Some studies have suggested that the fruit of the mushroom is even safe to eat.  Although I wouldn’t recommend it.

Working together with each other and nature, we can make our home green again.  We can heal our soil and our community.  We can slow, spread, sink, store, and share the water that falls on our land.  We can plan for resilience, through care of the earth, care of the people, and return the surplus.

If you would like a consultation on phytoremediation, or need permaculture design, contact; Emelía Sooy at or email me at

CRAG Meeting Notes- March 12, 2016

Thank you, Elizabeth Kramer, for providing the meeting notes!

CRAG meeting Saturday, 03/12/16, Black Rock, 10 AM.

This is the 6 month anniversary of the start of the Valley fire. Goals met since the start of the CRAG group are:

  • Valley Fire mission for the Project Noah documentation
    of nature observations in the Valley fire area.
  • Building and distribution of bird houses
    in the Valley fire area.
  • The organization of a rebuilding EXPO for the

This meeting covered:

  • The Valley Fire EXPO summary.
  • Kiwanis Club seedling donations.
  • Need for Pine Summit Pool membership and funds for property repair.
  • CRAG class action suit.
  • Cobb Water district suit
  • Hoberg’s Resort water and sewage system problems, need for public voices at the Board of Supervisor meetings,
  • Cobb water district need to review water needs of new building.
  • Permaculture suggestions to rehabilitate burned land.

Goals for the next 6 months are:

  • Focus on water contamination.
  • Hoberg Resort abatement and clean-up.
  • Pine Summit Pool repairs.
  • Valley Fire Anniversary event.

Action Items:

  • Community input regarding the Hoberg’s Resort contamination of Cobb Mountain watershed is needed at the Board of Supervisor meetings on Tuesdays. Tuesday, March 22nd at 11 AM is when the Hoberg’s septic abatement is scheduled to be discussed.
  • Community documentation of PG&E illegal cutting of trees and damage to property and private roads is needed for the CRAG class action law suit.
  • Community documentation of nature within the Valley Fire area is needed on the Project Noah website, Valley Fire mission.
  • More memberships and Grant fund suggestions are requested for the Pine Summit Pool.
  • Next CRAG meeting is second Saturday of next month, April 9, 10 AM, Black Rock.

There were new people at the meeting. Many had lived in the area several years or decades and had experience in such areas as permaculture and local Fire departments. There were
several people who had used the Pine Summit Pool for many years and emphasized its importance to the community then, now, and especially in the summer. Robert Stark was there to talk about the impact of the Hoberg systems and grounds on the community.

Jessica P gave an update for Larry Ray, a local ecologist involved in many community ecology projects. Larry will be at the May CRAG meeting to give a Spring to Summer presentation. Larry has received funding for a local Native Plant Nursery from Grapes
for Good, a Wine Country organization. A site for this nursery is being sought. Jessica reminded people to provide pictures and documentation of local plants, insects, birds, and animals in the Fire area to the Project Noah website. A Valley Fire mission has
been established on this website to consolidate community input in the local area for the purpose of research into the impact of the fire and the changes to the environment.

Jessica reported on the Valley Fire EXPO in February at Twin Pines. It was a great success with many vendors and organzations, presenters, Lake County officials, Valley Fire
survivors, prizes and gifts.

The Kiwanis Club organized a pine tree seedling distribution to the community last weekend.  Cobb school received seedlings and taught the kids how to plant them.

Pine Summit Pool needs repair of fire damage to the pool and property. The pool committee are applying for grants but also need to replace lost memberships. Memberships are open to the all Lake County residents, and there are also working memberships for
people who want to provide services and maintenance. Pine Summit Pool is an important community gathering place, especially in the summer.

CRAG is proceeding with the research and organization of the class action lawsuit against PG&E for illegal cutting of trees and damage to property and private roads. Community assistance will be needed for the research and especially collection of evidence and
documentation. An evironmental lawyer has been identified who will work at a reduced fee during the law suit, and will only collect his full fee if the lawsuit is won.  Community evidence will be requested if the suit looks promising.

Robert Stark gave an update on the Cobb Mountain water systems and consolidation proposal, a Cobb Water district lawsuit against cleanup crews that damaged the water infrastructure
beyond repair ( this lawsuit may merge with the CRAG class action lawsuit), rainfall totals to date, the need for the Water district to review new house plans, and the problems with
the Hoberg’s Resort lands and systems.

The Hoberg’s resort has unmitigated structural fire debris on the land and old failed septic and water systems. These systems were further damaged by large equipment processing trees
from the fire. Now with the rains, there is sewage flowing across the land, roads, Adam Springs golf course, and into Big Canyon Creek which empties into Putah Creek. Other land drainage makes its way into Cache Creek. Robert and Ray Ruminsky walked the Hoberg property with the property manager and found a second old open septic tank. Not only is the Cobb Water District Corporate yard nearby affected by this effluent and heavy metals from the
fire debris, but the Adams Springs well has been found to be contaminated. Suggestions by the CRAG group for increased public and government exposure to the problems include
contacting a Sacramento TV station that has done Valley Fire coverage and contacting the  ABC7 news team. Another suggestion was to contact Fish and Game.

There is a community meeting Sunday, March 13, 1PM, at the Cobb Village Pub, and Robert
will attend to present the Hoberg Resort issues. The public is asked to attend the Lake  County Board of Supervisor meeting Tuesday, March 22 at 11 AM, for the Abatement hearing on the Hoberg’s Resort issues. Public input is needed for the Board of Supervisors to
approve a 48 hour Abatement notice to the Hoberg’s management.

Robert also said that a Notice to Homeowner will be sent out of the Cobb Water district office notifying that all new home plans need to be reviewed by the water district to  ensure that the new home water needs can be met by the current water distribution system.
An issue is the new code for in house sprinklers which may not need a special pump system depending on the water system for the home. There is a Fire District meeting this week, and Robert will attend representing the Cobb Water District.

Patience, a permaculture specialist, responded to questions about suggested mushroom use to rehabilitate burned property. She is still trying to get mushroom specialists to support the community effort. Her suggestion is a multiple step process for land that may be contaminated by heavy metals and asbestos from structural debris: broadcast “green manure” (nitrogen fixing plant seeds like clover and daikon) to start to absorb the hazardous materials, cut down the plant growth and dispose as hazardous waste, plant sunflowers to continue to absorb hazardous material, cut them down and dispose as  hazardous waste, then in the Fall put down sheet mulch and oyster mushrooms to complete the breakdown of the hazardous material. This is especially important if a food garden
is to planted on the land.

The Expo was AWESOME!!!


The Valley Fire Rebuild Expo held last weekend at Twin Pine Casino was hugely successful in its promise to inspire people to “come home and rebuild”.  Over 60 local vendors provided options for housing, building materials and design, giving the event “VIPs” hope for the future.  Each rebuilding property owner who registered on the website was handed a bucket full of tools and a VIP badge as they walked through the door, so that vendors would recognize those who were rebuilding their lives.  

Generous donations from local sponsors made it possible for the Expo to be free to the public, as well as give away buckets of tools, and provide substantial raffle prizes to VIPs.  Kelseyville Lumber provided the 5-gallons buckets and Hardester’s sold the tools “at cost” for each bucket, which totalled almost $7,000.  The Up Valley Family Center of Calistoga provided $100 gift cards to either Home Depot or Kelseyville Lumber to all VIPs, for a total donation of $30,000.   Just over $22,000 in raffle prizes were donated by vendors and given away to VIPs, and close to 1,000 people attended throughout the weekend.

Special thanks to these sponsors who continue to support this community through the Valley Fire recovery:

  • Mendo Lake Credit Union
  • Tri-Counties Bank
  • Savings Bank
  • Twin Pine Casino
  • Kelseyville Lumber
  • Hardester’s Market and Hardware
  • Bridges Construction
  • Porter Trust
  • Up Valley Family Center of Calistoga
  • Black Rock Golf Course
  • UCC Rentals

The Valley Fire Rebuild Expo was produced by a group of Cobb volunteers, Friends of Cobb Mountain and Cobb Resiliency Action Group (“CRAG”).  Special thanks to Jamey Gill, Jessyca Lytle, Cindy Leonard, Helena Welsh, Emelia “Patience” Sooy, Greg Clouse, Cassi DeTrinidad, and Joel and Jessica Pyska.  Also to thank, are the many volunteers who spent their weekend making sure this event ran smoothly and compassionately.

A list of vendors and sponsors will remain on the website to serve as a resource for the community.  All unclaimed raffle prizes will be distributed from the donation center at the Little Red School House at 15780 Bottle Rock Road, Cobb.  The donation center is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11am-5pm and Sundays from 10am-3pm.

Plant a Tree!


The Cobb and Middletown “Giving a Tree Project” started by Kathy Blair,  has shown us just how deeply people care about the loss of our trees.  Kathy’s little idea about collecting live Christmas trees to be re-planted in the fire devastated communities went viral.  One of her Facebook post had 30,000 views!

Nurseries all over Lake, Sonoma and Mendocino counties have been helping Kathy coordinate the pick-up of trees, as well as collecting cash to be put towards more trees.  Countless volunteers have been driving trucks and trailers up the mountain to deliver these beautiful trees over the past few weeks.  Kathy’s backyard looks like an enchanted garden, with almost 500 trees waiting to be distributed throughout our communities.  There is almost every kind of evergreen imaginable, fruit trees, hardwoods and even a few citrus and olive trees.  Anyone from Cobb, Anderson Springs, Middletown and Hidden Valley is welcome to participate.  She plans to give each person 3 of these  lovely little trees.

unloading trees

I want to extend a very heart-felt “Thank you” to Kathy, her husband, Alex, and her two boys, for the many hours of driving and tree-caring they’ve all put in since Christmas.  I am temporarily living across the street from this sweet family, and I’ve watched with wonder all of what they’ve been doing.  I especially love the white cafe lights they’ve hung up so they can work in the dark.

hunter tree

If you are interested in planting trees on your burned property, please contact Kathy early this week.  She is planning a tree give-a-way this weekend, February 6th and 7th.  You can email her at  You can find out more about the Cobb Middletown Give a Tree Project on Facebook here.

Thank you, Blair Family!


Adopt a Birdhouse Project


We when we put the call out for birdhouses a few months ago, we never expected this!  Several groups from around the Bay Area got to work on building birdhouses for our community, as did many volunteers here on Cobb Mountain.

These birdhouses  are to provide habitat for our feathered friends, and are free to anyone in the burned communities.

Little Red School House Donation Center
15780 Bottle Rock Road, Cobb
Sunday, January 31st

More deliveries of birdhouse are throughout the month.  Be sure to check back at Little Red often.

Its important to get these birdhouses hung up right away, because  the nesting season for our birds is beginning now.  We will have information on the species for the houses, hanging instructions and care requirements.

Build a Birdhouse Project Part II

birdhouse volunteers

Community members are welcome to join the birdhouse assembly-line.  The last event was so successful, they want to bang-out a bunch more!

Little Red School House
Wednesday, January 27th 11-4:30pm
(Should have clear weather)

This time we will have a kids’ center where they can participate, away from the power tools, bring hammers…AFTER SCHOOL.

We have all the materials we need. If you have and will bring a chop saw, and/or an air compressor, with a brad (or small nail) gun, and/or a drill, and/or a generator, that would be helpful.

Finally, can we get a great-big “THANK YOU” to all of the groups and individuals who are making this happen?

  • National Charity League of Marin
  • Palo Alto Vets
  • Environmental Outdoor Club of Lower Lake Elementary
  • Larry Allen, Greg Clouse, Dave Geck, and countless volunteers.

This is how we move forward folks, one small step at a time, together, and with the help of our friends.

Community Birdhouse Building Day!


We have been talking all along about how important the birds are to jump-starting our ecology.  They are starting to return, have you noticed?  Now they need some habitat!

Come to the Little Red School house this Thursday to get involved in an assembly-line production of birdhouses for our community.

Community Birdhouse Building Day
January 14th, from 11am to 5pm
Little Red School House

Larry Allen is coordinating this event and will have all the tools and some materials.  More materials means more birdhouse, so if you can, please bring some wood.

Birdhouse Materials
1×6 inch fence board (recycled is great!)
1×10 inch plank

The Audubon Society has advised us to start putting birdhouses out in January and February because this is the time the birds are rebuilding their nests.  Groups from all over Northern California are making birdhouses to send to our area, now we have a chance to do it as a community as well.

This will be a wonderful event, drop by if you have a little time on Thursday.  Big thanks to Mr. Allen for making it all happen!