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El Moro Elfin Forest News

January 2023

FEMEF Board Members Re-elected During Annual Celebration

FEMEF members present during the November 15, 2022, Annual Celebration event unanimously re-elected the five currently-serving board members: Roger Carmody (2 yrs.), Bob Dees (2 yrs.), Dave Bowlus (2 yrs., treasurer), Jeff Reifel (1 yr.) and student member Allison Fash (1 yr.). Yolanda Waddell and John Perrine will retire from the board at the end of this calendar year. Other members of the board are Steve Hendricks (chair) and Skip Rotstein, whose terms of office run to the end of 2023. Individuals interested in attending a board meeting or serving on the FEMEF board should leave a message by calling 805-528-0392. (12/11/2022).

Third Saturday Walk—Lichens Decorating Living and Dead Plants

Local naturalist Al Normandin will take us on a tour looking for lichens growing around our boardwalk. He’ll explain what these complex communities are—with some members photosynthetic and producing food, while other plants in the same lichen, usually fungi, are non-photosynthetic. He’ll show you an amazing diversity of lichens. Some are thin and almost paint-like, others appear to be thick cushions or even miniature forests, and still others are curtains of feathery “lace-lichens” dangling from our Elfin Oaks. December 17 at 9:30 a.m. Wear comfortable shoes and layers in case of fog or wind. Meet at the north end of 15th St. in Los Osos. An easy 1-mile walk lasts 1.5 to 2 hours. (11/19/2022)

Allyson Brooks of Sierra Foothill Conservancy spoke at FEMEF Annual Celebration

Our speaker for FEMEF's 2022 Annual Celebration (November 12, via Zoom) was 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 Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Ecology Option and a Master’s degree in biology and education from California State University, Brooks has been the Community Engagement Manager for SFC for over four years. Her presentation included 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.
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