Sunday, August 27, 8:30 a.m.

Do you want to enjoy some fresh air, see what’s happening in Bogg’s Mountain Demonstration State Forest, and get some exercise at the same time???? Come join us for an easy to moderate, 2-mile hike, in the Forest on Sunday, August 27. We will meet in the Parking Lot adjacent to the Helipad at 8:30 am. We will then carpool to Camp Calso which is the starting point for our hike. We will be hiking both High Chair and Berry’s Trails where we will be treated to views of the abundant new growth flourishing as a result of the extensive plantings made after the 2015 Valley Fire devastated much of the Forest. We will also view areas that did not receive replanting to note the comparison. In addition, we can marvel at the views of nearby mountains and peer down Seigler Canyon to areas adjacent to Clear Lake..

The trip will be led by Friends of Boggs Board Members Peg Landini and Darlene Hecomovich. Do come join us! Hope to see you Sunday in the Parking Lot at 8:30 am

Please register in advance by emailing us at [email protected] or come by our booth at the Blackberry Cobbler Festival on Saturday August 26.

Message from Calfire

“Smokey Bear turned 79 on August 9th, 2023

Did you know that bears have been known to have the best sense of smell than any other animal? They are thought to have 2,100 times better smell than humans, compared to a dog’s sense of smell being 100 times better than a human.

Black Bears, like Smokey, have a known sense of smell range of 2 miles! They are amazing tree climbers and can run up to speeds to 30 mph!

To commemorate Smokey’s birthday, please remember to secure your food in bear proof containers and out of sight while enjoying the woods. Bears have amazing memory and the sight of coolers, and anything scented of food, including trash, attract them which can lead to health issues as well other problems. Maintain your distance if you see a bear and always remember, Only You Can Prevent Wildfires.”

Personal Use Firewood Permits Available

“Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest staff would like to remind the public that Personal Use Firewood Permits are on sale for 20$ cash or check only. Permits are available for up to 3 cords and valid 1-year after date of issue and sold by appointment only. Forest Staff emphasize that permittees follow the Rules and Conditions to the permit and be extra vigilant in observing fire weather before cutting in dry conditions. Call the Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest for any questions or to schedule an appointment at 707-928-4378”

Controlled pile burning

CAL FIRE will be conducting pile burning near the Boggs Mountain Helitack Base to remove hazardous fuel loading and to create defensible space for the Helitack Base and Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest. All burning will be staffed, with most burning occurring during daylight hours. There is potential for piles to smolder at night. Burning is anticipated to last one week. Flames and smoke may be visible throughout the greater Cobb Mountain, Middletown, Seigler Springs and Hidden Valley Lake communities.

Any questions or concerns should be directed to the on-duty CAL FIRE Battalion Chief by calling 707-963-1599