Hello Los Padres – hope you are well!
Last week the Forest Service announced that the LP is now in Level III fire restrictions. You can read the official notice
for specific details but it basically means that no campfires are allowed in the backcountry and target shooting across the Forest is also prohibited. Cooking stoves are allowed and so are campfires within the designated car-camping campsites
. It’s somewhat ironic but it seems that each time the fire restrictions are changed there is either a hot spell when the restrictions are lifted or rain when the restrictions are enforced. This time was no different when we saw a nice late spring storm drop 0.25-0.5″ across the Forest earlier this week. Perhaps we need to toggle the fire restrictions on and off a bit in order to get ourselves out of the drought. All joking aside, please adhere to the restrictions and avoid any activities that might lead to wildfires. We’re in the fourth year of the drought and conditions across the Forest are incredibly dry. There was a recent news report about all the drought related tree mortality that is occurring across the forest and how the dead trees are becoming a real fire concern, you can watch the video here
. Never a dull moment, is there? Be careful and lets hope it stays as dull as possible.Some news, updates and reports……….
W I L D E R N E S S R A N G E R T R A I N I N G
The annual Region 5 Wilderness Ranger Training is scheduled for June 1-5 at Trinity Lake (outside of Redding, CA). The LP has sent an assortment of Volunteer Wilderness Rangers to these trainings over the past few years. They are great opportunities to learn new skills and meet rangers across the state who are dealing with many of the same issues we deal with here. If you are interested in learning more, please contact INFO@LPForest.org
and we’ll point you in the right direction. Hope some of you can make it.
Cooling Off, Buckhorn Trail, photo Humphrey
U P C O M I N G E V E N T S
There are quite a few upcoming projects and events you can volunteer for. We’ve listed a few below and some more details on a couple of the larger ones. If you have any events coming up that we can help publicize, please don’t hesitate to let us know, we’d be more than happy to share. Hope to see you on the trail or even better at an event.The feature event this week is a LPFA project that Mike Smith (he of goat fame) will be hosting along the Buckhorn Trail from May 29-31. On Friday May 29 we’ll be driving out to the Lower Indian Creek Trailhead and working the trail up to Lower Buckhorn Camp. We’ll focus on Saturday working from Lower Buckhorn up the Buckhorn Trail. Most of the work will be logging downed trees and brushing. We’ll pack up on Sunday and head back to the trucks. The LPFA will be providing most meals and Mike’s goats will be there to provide pack support along the route. The Buckhorn is a beautiful canyon with a fantastic multi-use trail. This is a great opportunity to explore the canyon, get some work done and have fun while doing it. For more information or to sign-up, please contact Mike Smith at: firstname.lastname@example.org
May 19-27: Santa Cruz Trail Project
May 29-31: Buckhorn Trail Project
June 2: Jim & Rob’s Ojai Fundraiser
June 3-11: Mono Alamar Trail Project
June 5-7: National Trails Day, Mono Campground Trail Weekend
June 6: Sespe National Trails Day Project
June 27: Big Sur Wilderness Celebration
June: Bear Sisquoc Crosscut
July 10-12: Santa Barbara 100 Endurance Run Support
July: Madulce Trail Crosscut