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El Moro Elfin Forest News

August 2022

2022 Annual Celebration to Be Virtual

Due to concerns about Covid-19, FEMEF's 2022 Annual Celebration will be held this year via the video conferencing platform Zoom. The event is an opportunity for FEMEF members to hear our invited speaker, Allyson Brooks, Community Engagement Program Manager for the Sierra Foothill Conservancy, as well as board member reports on the state of the Elfin Forest. Members who attend the meeting can also vote to elect individuals to serve on the FEMEF board for one- or two-year terms beginning January 1, 2023. Further information about the Annual Celebration, including when and how to access the event on Zoom, will appear soon on the El Moro Elfin Forest website (elfin-forest.org) and in next month's Autumn issue of Oakleaves. (08/09/2022)

Upcoming Board Member Elections

Members of FEMEF's governing board are elected by the FEMEF membership during the Annual Celebration. They may also be appointed at a different time by the board for an interim term until the next election. The five current members of the board whose terms will expire at the end of this year have all agreed to stand for re-election during this year's Annual Celebration. Other individuals who wish to serve on the FEMEF board may submit their names prior to the Annual Celebration (November 12) or add their name to a write-in ballot. Currently serving board members who are up for reelection are Dave Bowlus, Robert Dees, Roger Camody, Jeff Reifel, and student member Allison Fash. Current board member John Perrine and long-standing board member Yolanda Waddell will retire from the FEMEF Board at the end of this year. (08/09/2022)

Allyson Brooks of Sierra Foothill Conservancy to Speak at FEMEF Annual Celebration

Our speaker for FEMEF's upcoming 2022 Annual Celebration (November 12, via Zoom) will be Allyson Brooks, Community Engagement Manager for Sierra Foothill Conservancy (SFC). A major non-profit land trust, SFC currently oversees 50,540 acres of protected sites including historic rangelands, mountains, forests, streams, and native flora and wildlife of the Western Sierra Nevada range. With a a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Ecology Option and a Masterís degree in biology and education from California State University, Brooks has been the Community Engagement Manager for SFC for over four years. Her presentation will include an overview of SFC, an introduction to some of the native flora and fauna the organization helps to protect and their historical uses, and the challenges land-preservation organizations face today. Be sure not to miss joining her during the Annual Celebration on November 12. (08/09/2022)

FEMEF Needs Booth Workers for Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest will be held in Los Osos on Sunday, October 30, on Second Street in downtown Baywood Park. FEMEF will have a booth at the event, where we will talk with visitors about the Elfin Forest, distribute literature, and sell T-shirts, sweatshirts, Elfin Forest coffee mugs and caps, and notecards. We need volunteers to staff our table at this event. If you can work a two- hour shift between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm on this day, please call FEMEF's message phone at 1- 805-528-0392. Give your name, shift preference, and phone number. Join us in being part of the fun at Oktoberfest! (08/09/2022)

Volunteers Are Replacing Old Boardwalk Boards

The next time you walk on the Elfin Forest boardwalk, take notice of the new decking. San Luis Obispo County Parks has approved FEMEF's plan to replace worn and broken boardwalk boards and purchased the materials and provided storage for the lumber. According to board member Jeff Reifel, who is heading up the project, volunteers †have replaced over 120 of the worst boards and expect a second order of lumber soon. New boards are cut to six- and four-foot lengths, which are then carted to the boardwalk for installation. After volunteers have removed the screws holding down an old or damaged board, they scrub surrounding joists with a wire brush to remove rust and sand debris, then anchor a new board in place with new screws. Any worn or obtrusive screws in boards that do not need replacing are swapped out for new ones as well. Jeff Reifel says an experienced crew of volunteers can install about 40 new boards in just a couple of hours. If this sort of work appeals to you,† volunteers@elfin-forest.org. (08/09/2022)