KERN RIVER VALLEY FIRE SAFE COUNCIL
Board of Directors and General Membership Meeting
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Those present: Lloyd Smith, Chris Ryan, Christine and Gordon Hancock,
Tom Parkin, Emily Diggles, Cindy Thill, Robert Robinson, Skip Reymann
and Robin Wyatt-Little
Vice President Lloyd Smith convened the meeting at 8:30 AM.
Introductions were made.
Minutes: Motion to approve: Emily Diggles. 2nd – Skip Reymann.
Treasurer’s Report: Christine Hancock
Christine reports an operating budget balance of $4,510.24. Grant(s)
balances are: Frazier Park - $250.00; Kennedy Meadows - $550.00; Mt.
Pinos - $503.09; Sequoia Crest - $5000.00 and State Farm - $5000.00.
Christine paid H&R Block for tax preparation which was $300.00, an
increase of $50 from last year. Motion to approve: Robin Wyatt-Little.
2nd – Emily Diggles
Grant(s) Reports: Lloyd Smith and Robin Wyatt-Little
Patrick Ponte’s written report states that “things are fairly quiet in
the Grant Arena.” Patrick talked with California Fire Safe Council to
discuss the possibility of the State paying for the required
environmental compliance work before the funding for a grant is
actually awarded to the council. The State will fund specific work
such as environmental compliance to clear a project prior to sending
us the quarterly payments. The Grant Administrator requests the
dollars in writing and they will fund that part of the project. The
Forest Service does it this way and Wende Cornelius believes the BLM
is the same.
Patrick also mentions the reports regarding the dry conditions
throughout the State and the subsequent high fire risk for the Western
States. Patrick also downloaded from the California State FSC May
newsletter, an extensive Fire Resistive Plant(s) list. It was agreed
this list should be reproduced and distributed plus putting it on our
FSC website. Discussion followed regarding the difficulty in the Kern
River Valley to obtain native, fire-resistant plants. Lloyd asked
Bob Robinson is he would work on an updated, fire resistant native
plant list for our Zone 7, utilizing all available lists. Bob agreed
to do this. It was also agreed that the FSC should identify better
resources for buying these plants. To be continued.
Rich Olson’s written report: Kennedy Meadows CWPP final progress
report has been submitted and Rich is getting the signature page
completed. The BLM questionnaire and paperwork from BLM will be
submitted by May 30, 2007. Rich will have additional copies for
distribution once the signature page is signed by the appropriate
Hungry Gulch Fuels Reduction Project final progress report has been
submitted and the BLM questionnaire will be sent by May 30, 2007.
Frazier Park Fuels Reduction Project final progress report has been
submitted. Ken Stevens has the questionnaire and other paperwork which
he will submit by May 30, 2007.
Mt. Pinos CWPP 5th quarter progress report has been submitted. Final
paperwork will be submitted prior to the closing date of June 30,
2007. There were funds remaining and educational materials were
purchased and distributed to Kern County Fire Safe Councils.
Sequoia Crest 2nd quarter progress report has been submitted. The
contract with Ken Delfino has been signed and he has made at least one
trip into the area already to start the project. Rich has discussed
with Pat Pontes the possibility of taking over the reporting for this
grant and it appears he will do that.
Fundraising: Lloyd Smith
Tom Parkin collected $13.00 at the Squirrel Valley Chipper Day event.
Thomas Refuse sent $250.00. Lloyd shared a copy of the Wildfire
Awareness Week “Sustaining Member Donors List” which appeared in the
Kern Valley Sun. Lloyd and Ed and Ken Stevens gave a Fire Safe Council
presentation to the Kern Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Kernville
Chamber of Commerce with a follow-up letter of thanks from Ed Royce,
Lloyd reports that the SCE funding effort for the road sign project is
at a standstill. Debbie Hess continues to work on this for the FSC.
Lloyd is waiting for a response from the Kern Community Foundation
grant request. Lloyd has also improved access for our FSC Logo on a
VECTOR File which will be used for myriad fundraising projects.
Road Signs: Cindy Thill
The Forest Service is building the road sign frames now. Cindy
reiterated the requirement of calling ahead so that the appropriate
personnel can be on hand from either the County or State. Cindy spoke
with the County regarding a possible extension of the August deadline.
She was told there’s no problem obtaining the extension. Cindy will
coordinate with the newspapers when the sign installations are
scheduled. Lloyd has contracted with Sierra Signs to print the signs,
currently the “summer messages.” Cindy reminded Lloyd of the color
restrictions and Lloyd will relay this information to the sign
printers. Cindy will also recheck with the Sate and County regarding
some leniency with the use of colors i.e. red for the FSC Logo
Those who have volunteered to maintain the signs at their chosen site
Skip Reymann – Kern Canyon/Route 178 about one mile west of the Borel
Powerhouse road junction.
Lloyd Smith – Walker Pass located east of Walker Pass along Highway
Gordon and Christine Hancock – Paul’s Place/Route 178 on the south
side about one-half mile east of the Sierra Way intersection.
Mr. Zullo – Walker Basin (exact location to be determined -see Ken
Speakers Bureau: Robin Wyatt-Little
The KRV FSC had an informational display at the Forest Service booth
for the Bio-Regions Nature Festival, April 27, 2007. Approximately 35
people stopped by the booth.
Scheduled for June 12th at 6PM will be the Bodfish/Lake Isabella POA
at the Senior’s Hall, Lake Isabella at which time the Bodfish Canyon
Fuels Reduction grant project will be discussed.
On June 25th at 8:30 AM the FSC will present a program to the Century
21 Realtors. Suggestions for an effective program were discussed and
Robin will outline the priority talking points.
Chipper Days: Lloyd Smith et al.
Squirrel Valley Chipper Day on May 5th went very well. Tom Parkin took
photos and submitted the following data: Number of households
protected – 350; Number of people protected – 700; Total value of
property protected - $70 mil; Number of acres treated – 1000; Total
volume of fuel chipped (cubic feet) – 35,000. There were 8 Camp Owen
wards helping the KCFD chipper crew of 13. As usual the Squirrel
Valley residents provided a wonderful lunch for everyone. Tom Parkin
coordinated this event and receives great appreciation from his POA
and the FSC.
Lloyd Smith reports that the May 12th Walker Pass Chipper Day for the
Jacks Creek residents was a good success. Sally Peterson coordinated
this second chipper day for this area. Data not available at this time
but the crew was kept busy for several hours.
The BLM took their chipper to Kennedy Meadows on May 12th and
completed road brushing on private and BLM land. They may return in
June for more work.
Future chipper days scheduled will be: Pala Ranches (Evans Road) on
May 19th. Greenhorn Mountain POA on June 2nd and Myers Canyon on June
It was suggested that a letter of thanks be sent to the KC Board of
Supervisors for making the chipper crew a possibility as well as a
letter to Camp Owen for their continued support with the chipper day
It was also suggested that the newspapers and Bakersfield TV be
contacted to cover future chipper days. Emily will try to do this for
the Myers Canyon chipper day. Robin will contact Bakersfield TV.
Agency and Property Owners Associations:
Myers Canyon: Continued grant-funded paving for another 1000’ section
of their road on Alpine Way.
Isabella Highlands: Skip Reymann said their sign was returned and he
will post a WAW poster on it. Their POA is meeting this weekend
Frontier Trail: Robin has been corresponding with their membership
online about fire alerts, weather conditions and has requested a FSC
program for the June meeting.
Squirrel Valley: Tom Parkin reiterated the success of the chipper day
Lake Isabella-Bodfish: The FSC will give a presentation at their June
Bob Robinson reports that the MDRC&D will sponsor another Native Plant
sale this Fall. Details to follow.
The Kern Valley Sun arrived to take a photograph of Sharon Rooney,
past treasurer, receiving her FSC plaque expressing appreciation for
her years of service to the Kern River Valley Fire Safe Council
Meeting adjourned at 11:07 AM
The next meeting will be June 21st, 8:30 AM
Robin Wyatt-Little, Secretary