Parts of burned county parks reopen

Some burned areas of Sonoma County parks reopen

The link above even has a section “Hiking in Sonoma County’s Burned Parks: What to Expect”

This week the city of Santa Rosa decreed that all burned properties must be cleaned up by early April. That leaves 38% of burned homes to get cleaned up in 6 weeks. What could go wrong?

 

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Had a big windstorm earlier this week

Seeking plans for (12-foot) hoophouse made with EMT (electrical conduit = metal pipe)

Z has/had been trying to resurrect our little greenhouse from last year – the one that blew over end to end a few times in the first night of the North Bay Fires. Well, it was really windy whichever night that was this week (Monday?). Z woke me up and said there were high winds and that the greenhouse had blown over. I told him he was dreaming and to go back to sleep. He had opened the door and felt warm air swirling around from all directions. We’ve been having low-to-mid 30’s temperatures at night, which makes this unpredicted windstorm extra weird! Ok, extra-extra weird when you consider that not everyone got this windstorm- out of Z’s coworkers, only one, who lives like 8 miles away from us, had had it!

So we need to build a very wind-proof greenhouse. We have no time or energy, so this is a real challenge. I have been thinking it would be a hoophouse. Most of the plans that I see are for PVC, but we don’t think plastic pipes would be strong enough. Z is tempted to buy a poly pre-built greenhouse used online. I dunno about that…

Some Feb/Mar post-fire events in Sonoma County

Two events, on Feb 24th and March 10th. I doubt I will make it to either (there are also a flower workshop and a farmers guild “guildraising” on the 10th).

Fire Recovery and Replanting: Information and Free Resources for Landowners Presentation with Laguna Foundation and Partners 

Saturday, February 24, 3:00-4:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center
FREE. Pre-registration required
 (see link from the above-linked event page).

Did the fires directly impact your property or do you live in the wildland urban interface and want to incorporate native, resilient plants into your landscapes? Do you need help with erosion control and assessment? Are you not sure how to assess whether your burned oaks will survive or not? Join us to find out what resources are available to you. The Laguna Foundation is teaming up with Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, the Sonoma Resource Conservation Districtand the Milo Baker Chapter-California Native Plant Society to restore and replant native plants in areas impacted by the October 2017 fires. This presentation will include an overview about the fire’s impacts in the Laguna de Santa Rosa Watershed and the region, and will provide information about soil erosion, native plants, and water quality. While the information and resources are meant especially for landowners impacted by the October fires, the general public is welcome to attend (pre-registration is required so we know how many people will attend and because seats are limited). Whether your land is a tenth of an acre or 100 acres, the native plants on your property provide wildlife habitat, prevent erosion, and improve water quality. We are growing a variety of native trees and shrubs with seeds collected locally to share with landowners next fall. Attend this presentation to learn more and to sign up for the free resources.

Speakers will include Dr. Wendy Trowbridge, Director of Restoration and Conservation Science Programs at the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, as well as the Foundation’s Ecological Program Manager, Brent Reed.

Another event, on March 10th: Living Well in Toxic Times: Integrative Self-Care Tools for Fire Recovery & Resilience Registration required.

October’s urban wildfires released known and unknown toxicants into our environment. Beyond our acute exposure, we continue to be exposed to this residual toxicity. We have gathered local experts in the fields of environmental medicine, integrative health care, and health psychology to share self-care tools that we all can use to reduce exposure, naturally detoxify, and build resilient health.

Learn everyday strategies for protecting health post-fires. Nutritious snacks, herbal treats, herbal tea bar, epson salt bar free for our guests.

This event will feature keynote speakers addressing issues related to environmental toxicology, women’s and family health, vulnerable populations, and emotional resiliency. Breakout sessions will follow and provide an opportunity to learn more about gut health and detoxification, respiratory health, preconception and pediatric care, oncology, and stress reduction techniques.

This event is co-hosted by Daily Acts, Commonweal’s New School, Integrative Healers Action Network, Farmacopia, and Families Advocating for Chemical and Toxic Safety (FACTS).

Doors open at 9:30 am, event begins at 10:00 am promptly.
Space is limited!

Another event, on March 10th: Living Well in Toxic Times: Integrative Self-Care Tools for Fire Recovery & Resilience Registration required. October’s urban wildfires released known and unknown toxicants into our environment. Beyond our acute exposure, we continue to be exposed to this residual toxicity. We have gathered local experts in the fields of environmental medicine, integrative health care, and health psychology to share self-care tools that we all can use to reduce exposure, naturally detoxify, and build resilient health.



Finally got to work in the garden again

I hate the holidays and am so glad that they are over. It was nice having my sisters-in-law and their kids around, and we went for a nice hike with my in-laws, but I personally have a hard time. I did go to the garden to show people what little there is to show on Saturday (and I pulled a few weeds and noted that the gophers seem to have stolen some of my garlic plants already), but other than that, I went 3 days without doing any work out there. Tonight I managed to put 4 wagonloads of compost out, so that makes me feel a bit better. On the way back to the compost I’d grab a bucket or two of wood chips and put them in low or bare spots on the path, so I felt like I was getting some work done on that project. We’re due to get a bit of rain this week. Like really not much. We are having a very dry winter so far.

Z’s relatives actually found edible strawberries in the garden this weekend. Those Seascapes are amazing. I’m sure that I wouldn’t have found them very good, but I am spoiled from living in California (and getting to choose which ones I eat vs compost as I harvest them).

We had a live christmas tree this year, so we spent some time today figuring out where to plant it and then putting it in the wrong place, anyhow. Check out (below) what a gorgeous day it was! It was interesting to see how my way of planning and carrying out movements was more efficient than Z’s. I actually spend a lot of time worrying about my inefficiencies when I’m working in the garden. Tonight I finished reading the excellent book Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables. It gave me a lot of food for thought. I even learned something (I think it was in this book) that I’d suspected about needing a different potting mix when I’m potting things up into larger pots.

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