Good Evening Everyone,
Most of the forest saw a good dose of rain today. While the Southern LP is forecast to get less than an inch, the Big Sur backcountry is getting hammered with as much as 6 inches falling over the past 12hrs. The recent rains along Big Sur have caused periodic Hwy 1 road closures. If you’re headed that way, be sure to check road conditions before you go, take your time and it’s a good idea not to drive after dark. Be safe and after the skies clear we’d love to check out any of the great forest photos (like the one above from earlier this month) you might be capturing.
There are a few upcoming events that we wanted to share in addition to the list of trail projects announced last time. Check em out below and hope to see you there.
Backpacking Introduction Classes
Santa Barbara: Led by Curt Cragg, the LPFA will be hosting a 6-week Backpacking Fundamentals Class starting on March 1. This is the third time Curt has led this course and it’s been received incredibly well. If you are a beginning backpacker or have looked for a reason to get into backpacking, this is a must for you. Not only will you learn from the best-of-the-best about the latest in backpacking gear, wilderness safety and how to plan backpacking trips, but perhaps the best part is the friendships that come as a result of the class. We’ve seen great friendships develop in these classes and there’s no better way to get into backpacking than with a friend or two to share the experience with. For more information check the link here or contact Curt at: Curt@LPForest.org
Ventura: The Sierra Club also leads a Wilderness Basics Course designed to teach backpacking and wilderness appreciation for those looking to get into backpacking. The Sierra Club has been offering a WBC for many years now, it’s a great program. Classes start in late February, for more information please check this link.
USFS / IMBA Central Coast Trail Stewardship Summit: February 20-21
January 21, Santa Barbara: The Los Padres Trail Riders are hosting a presentation by Otis Calef about a group of Los Padres horse/mule riders who recently completed a 1,200 mile ride along the Old Spanish Trail from San Bernardino, Ca. to Santa Fe, New Mexico. For more information see the attached PDF.
January 24, Santa Paula: The Ojai Ranger District is organizing a cleanup along Santa Paula Canyon. For more information contact INFO@LPForest.org or call the Ojai Ranger Station at (805) 646-4348.
January 25-26, Los Olivos: NatureTrack is hosting a two-day nature stewardship program in Los Olivos. Sounds pretty neat! See attached PDF for more information or contact NatureTrack directly.
February 6, Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez: The LPFA is hosting a First Aid / CPR training at the Los Prietos Fire Compound along Paradise Rd. If you are in need of First Aid/CPR certification or want some additional training, let us know at INFO@LPForest.org. Space is limited.
January 15 – March 1, Figueroa Mountain: The FS announced earlier this week that there will be a series of prescribed burns in and around the Fig Mtn area over the coming months. See attached for more information.
January 19, San Luis Obispo: The FS announced that the maintenance and repair along West Cuesta Rd will continue this month and that the area is closed to public entry due to safety. See attached PDF.