Anza Borrego Wildflower Help Needed – You dont have to be a State Park Volunteer

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If you are interested in volunteering for this, please read the below email and email Stephanie directly. Do not reply to this email.

Regards Shane

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Dear Volunteers,

Wildflower visitors are coming 7 days a week at a steady flow. We are now looking for volunteers to help staff our wildflower information table outside of the State Park Store: 587 Palm Canyon Dr. Ste 110, Monday-Thursday in 2 shifts: 10a-1p and 1p-4p. If you are available to help during these times please email Please note that you do not need to be a Park volunteer to help at our table, we will provide all the materials you need to give out accurate information about wildflower locations in the Park. If you are a Park volunteer, your hours worked at any ABF information station will count towards your volunteer hours.


Thank you for all your help. We could not do this important work without the help of our amazing volunteer support system.


May thanks for considering this request,




Bri Fordem

Interim Executive Director

760-767-0446 EXT 1001

Calling Our Lady Fire Lookouts

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Hello Ladies,

The email below is from the FFLA national historian. If any of you are interested, then please email him directly at his email below. Dont reply to this email.


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As the FFLA Historian, I’m in the process of searching for and collecting information on women who have staffed or staff fire lookouts in the USA and worldwide per the feature I posted to the Historian’s Corner. If you know of any women who have staffed lookouts, could you pass this request to them or have them contract me per the information below.
Chad Kinzel
FFLA Historian
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Celebrating Women Fire Lookouts
You are invited and encouraged to participate in an Historian’s Corner project — a feature story about women who have staffed fire lookouts or who have current experience staffing lookouts. To begin, here’s a question: What made your experience of staffing a lookout unique? Feel free to post comments to the Historian’s Corner Facebook page or to send your responses to my e-mail address:
When the story is completed, it will feature a collage of responses and website references to feature articles about women staffing lookouts. Plenty of information on this topic exists on the web.

Upcoming Boucher Projects

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2019 Projects at Boucher –

Just wanted to put out a ‘heads up’ about 2 projects we are looking at:

1 – we would like to replace the poly rope fence along the walkway with a split rail fence. We are looking for anyone who has some expertise in fence building. We need approx. 75ft of fence. We will be putting out a request to form a work party once we have finalized the plan and gathered the materials.

2 – We are also going to install 2 flag poles at the east edge of the parking lot. Again looking for anyone who has built the base for a flag pole or knows of someone who does.

We will advise further as the plans come together.



2019 State Park Changes – Please Read

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Hi Everyone,

There are a few of changes this season for Boucher people so I’ve decided to list them all in one email. Please read it carefully and let me know if you have any questions. We will go over these at reconnect. A couple of the changes overlap with other changes so I’ve mentioned them below in the most appropriate place.
1.Driving Times / Driving Hours / Defensive Driving Course:
Starting in 2019 Your driving hours no longer count towards your duty hours, this is due to a liability issue. Your duty hours will start when you sign in at the kiosk and will end when you sign out at the end of the day.  You will have to complete the online defensive driving course that I mentioned in a previous email because once inside the park you are driving your personal vehicle on state duty. The link for that course is here On completion of the course you will have to print out a certificate. You need to sign and date the certificate and either include the certificate with your reconnect paperwork emailed or mailed to me or bring it to reconnect. The certificate is good for 4 years.
An example is: Last season you had an 8 hour shift with 2 hours driving each way, so you would have recorded 12 hours total for the day. Lets assume this season you arrive at the park kiosk at 0800 and you leave the park kiosk at 1730 then you will record your hours as 9 hrs 30 min. If you were doing an OVN, then your duty hours would stop at the end of the shift. OVN hours have never been counted towards your state park hours so there is no change there.
If you are a person that itemize their taxes and writes off the FFLA driving miles, there is no impact on that, as you would continue to keep a record of your mileage for taxes, as miles and hours are different.
2. Logging your State Park Hours:
On 12/11/18 I sent every certified State Park Volunteer an email with their own user-name and temporary password and asked that everyone make sure they could log into that website. If you haven’t done that yet I suggest you do it well in advance of reconnect so if there is an issue then we have time to resolve it. If you cant find the email or didn’t get the email then please email me at so I can get your user-name/password to you. 
You will be required to log into the state website and record your hours, these will be used to determine your eligibility for the annual state park passes. You will still be required to send me your monthly hours at the end of each month for FFLA  records. The state park hours you log should match the hours you send me.
I will make a very simple powerpoint presentation that will show you how to use the website. It is very simple and quick to use.
Officers that have to log admin hours (that should only be Fenton and Sara), I will send you a separate email.
3. State Park Orientation Training: 
Some of you have already done this, but the state is rolling this training out over the next couple of seasons. You will have to do the training. At the moment it will be in Anza Borrego, this may change later and be closer but for right now it is where it is.
These are all part of a state wide system change and while they may seem like a pain in the butt, they are necessary.
If you have any questions, please email me or call my cell.

Do not reply to this email, email me directly at or call my cell 760-310-4879


Funeral Service For Glenn Shrier 3/1/19

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The service is on Friday 3/1/19 as follows:

0900 – A military funeral at Dearborn Memorial Park
The cemetery is located at 14361 Tierra Bonita Road, Poway, CA 92064.

1000 –  A celebration of life at The Green Valley Church, 12395 World Trade Dr, San Diego, CA 92128 followed by a bbq.

If you are able to attend it would be appropriate to wear your FFLA uniform. I cannot go unfortunately but Scott McClintock has confirmed his attendance.



In Memory of Glenn Shrier

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It is with sadness that I announce the passing of Glen Shrier today. Glenn and his daughter Barbie were with the FFLA for 10 years. Glenn and Barbie continued to be lookouts at High Point right up until the end of last season when, in his 90’s Glenn decided it was time to step down.

Glenn and Barbie were in tower trainers for a number of seasons, they were very dedicated to the chapter and Glenn will be missed.

I sent an email to Barbie on behalf of the FFLA. We don’t have any details about a service yet, but Lief has asked.



Members for 02/05/2019

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From:Don Piller
1st Lookout:12-Piller, Don(T)

Additional Information:Testing the blog input in the old site to see what happens.

Reconnect 2019 Date

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Hi Everyone,

Reconnect this year is at the Outdoor School Centre inside the Palomar Mountain State Park. This is the same location as  last year and the year before.

The date is Saturday 4/20/19
0900 – 1400hrs.

The hope is the veterans will be released before 1400 hrs but as we have to do the fire shelter training, I have left time in to cover for that. You may want to bring your lunch or a snack.

More information will come out later once timings are fine tuned with the USFS.

The usual rules will apply: If you cant make reconnect you will have to make arrangements with Palomar station to do the fire shelter video and practical test.  The USFS will keep a list of people that missed reconnect so they will know who needs to do the training. This is an annual safety requirement to work the towers. We do it exactly the same as every fire related crew on the CNF.

Also if you miss reconnect or didn’t get the required minimum shifts in 2018 then you will have to do your first shift with a trainer. I will be sending emails to those of you that didn’t get the required number of shifts last year soon.

Also, a reminder. The deadline to let us know if your are returning is 1/31/19. Most of you have already replied. Those that haven’t will get an email mid January and then a final one at  the end of the month.

If you have any questions, please DON’T reply directly to this email. Contact me at instead.


Shane Harris