April 15, 2021
preserving, protecting, and defending the rural character
and natural resources of Carmel Valley since 1949

Carmel Valley Association
Weekly Bulletin
Stay Safe!
From the Monterey Herald:

Wildfire: Carmel Valley Community
Marshals Plan to Protect their Homes.

CARMEL VALLEY — While he has been quietly working toward this for 10 years, once Peter Stern got wind of the Sonoma County and then the Carmel and River fires, he stepped up his effort to get his Rancho Tierra Grande neighborhood in mid-valley Carmel, certified as a Firewise USA Community.
It’s a real, certifiable thing.

Firewise USA communities are those that have taken appropriate measures to become more resistant to wildfire structural damage. An online Firewise Toolkit, including Firewise tips and a checklist for homeowners, is available on the Firewise website at https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Wildfire/Firewise-USA.

The 2nd Annual
Carmel Valley Garden Club Plant Sale 24th of April 2021
Los Laureles Lodge Parking Lot 10 AM until 4 PM.

Tomatoes and Peppers + Ornamentals and Succulents

Ornamentals and Succulents (Holding the line on inflation at last year’s prices, $10 - $15

Tomatoes and Peppers (Also at last year’s prices, 4 plants for $10.) 
Town Hall on Emergency Preparedness and Wildfire Resources Hosted by Senator Laird

Please join Senator John Laird and California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara for an Emergency Preparedness and Wildfire virtual town hall. It is imperative for you to have up-to-date information on services and resources.

Apr 29, 2021 05:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

From Kerri Frangioso
Big Sur Sudden Oak Death and Fire Ecology Project
University of California, Davis
Sudden Oak Death Blitz 2021     
Friday April 30th at 10 am until Wednesday May 5th at 10 am
SOD Blitz Station located at the entrance to the of  
Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District,
Palo Corona Discovery Center  
Help save California's native oaks and participate in the annual SOD Blitz by contributing to a statewide survey for Sudden Oak Death. We need your help to map the distribution of this terrible disease that is killing many of our oaks, tanoaks and -since 2017- some of our endemic California-unique manzanitas. This year, we need as many participants as possible given that a dangerous novel strain, or variant, of the SOD pathogen (referred to as the EU1) was detected in California forests last year. All plant material you submit will be tested for the EU1 variant, which is known to be more aggressive than the NA1 variant present in the vast majority of California forests. It is imperative we detect this variant ASAP, as its spread could accelerate the demise of our oaks and tanoaks.
Due to the global pandemic, last year we redesigned the training so that participants can do it on-line. The 2020 SOD Blitzes were a smashing success, and more trees were surveyed and samples in 2020 than in 2019! Participants can start by finding the easy-to-follow SODBlitz guidelines at www.sodblitz.org. There you’ll watch a half-hour long video about the non-native pathogen responsible for SOD with instruction on how to spot symptoms and collect samples. Social distancing and clean “housekeeping” rules are strongly enforced, so when picking up or returning materials be sure to stay at least 6 feet away from other volunteers. You will be allowed to sample in private properties with the owners’ consent, along roads (be mindful of approaching vehicles), and in parks that are open to the public, and have them tested all at no cost to you!   
Starting on Friday April 30th participants can pick up their sample packets at 10 am at the Palo Corona Regional Park Discovery Center, 4860 Carmel Valley Road. We will have a SOD Blitz station set up under the eaves right at the door to the Discovery Center. After you have finished sampling, please return any samples and any un-used materials to the same SOD Blitz station by 10am Wednesday May 5th. All samples will be sent to Berkeley where they will be analyzed for the presence of Phytophthora ramorum. Sample results come out in October (you can see prior year sampling results at www.sodblitz.org). We will be in touch to let you know when we have results.   

Be part of the solution to SOD. Go to www.sodblitz.org to find out more and enroll in this free program. Be part of one of the oldest Citizen Science programs focused on saving trees, worldwide! Thanks to your help, California majestic oaks and tanoaks and the animals that depend on them can be saved!  
Benefit Barbecue 
Saturday May 1st
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Enjoy the live music of Scott Joplin, performed by Rick Yramategui, over your car radio while in the drive-thru.

 All proceeds will benefit Hidden Valley Music Seminars

Sponsored by
Grow CARE Everywhere this Native Plant Week! 
Saturday, April 17 - Saturday, April 24

This California Native Plant Week, we invite you to:
  • Cultivate native plants: Shop native plant nurseries and CNPS plant sales across the state.
  • Act for native plants: Participate in calls to action throughout the week, from supporting Dudleya legislation to joining our Fire Followers community science project.
  • Restore: Join your local CNPS chapter and get involved with volunteer activities, from wildland restoration to plant sale staffing.
  • Enjoy: Explore daily 360 virtual tours and visit botanic gardens, parks, and wildlands.

Here's a web site to check to see
 if your area is scheduled for a power outage:

From the Big Sur Land Trust:

Stay healthy! Research continues to show that parks and open spaces provide health benefits beyond just physical exercise. Fresh air and organic compounds produced by trees may be a natural pharmacy that can help support our immune systems. Along with other important recommended precautions, none of us should forget our Vitamin N — Vitamin Nature!

If solo time in nature sounds right for you, visit our website and sign up for a self-guided hike on one of our spectacular conserved properties. In the meantime, to be cautious, we are suspending our guided hike program for the foreseeable future. We will let you know as soon as they are available again.

Be Well,

The Team at Big Sur Land Trust
Issues of Concern to Residents of Carmel Valley
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Pris Walton, President
Carmel Valley Association
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Carmel Valley Association is one of the oldest, largest, and most successful community organizations in Monterey County. We are entirely volunteer, with no paid employees. Our mission is to defend the beauty, resources and rural character of our beautiful valley. We do that by working with residents, businesses, and government.
CVA was instrumental in the adoption of the Carmel Valley Master Plan and recently settled a lawsuit with Monterey County regarding traffic measurement and capping future development on very favorable terms for our valley. Our volunteer experts represent Carmel Valley's interest, testifying before governmental bodies concerning development, water, traffic, road signs, and other quality of life issues.

We keep valley residents informed about important issues and events with our weekly email Bulletin, which goes to over 1200 residents, and our quarterly Newsletter, which is mailed to over 7,000 valley addresses.

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Carmel Valley Photographer 
Douglas Steakley www.douglassteakley.com