The Ojai Pink Moment, Cara Blanca, photo Humphrey
We hope this email finds you doing well and hopefully a little sore after a great weekend on the trails! The LPFA is a little sore as well after having over 70 volunteers on the trails this weekend doing trail maintenance and enjoying their time outside. The one positive to not having much early season rain is that we’ve been able to host our regularly scheduled trail projects without being shutdown by rain. That’s the good, the bad is that most of the Los Padres has received very very little rain so far. It’s early but Santa Barbara County is only at 16% of normal rainfall for the season (Sep-Aug). The lack of precipitation means that fuel moisture levels have remained low across the LP and as a result the Forest Service has not been able to change the fire restriction level. Even with the cold/freezing nights we remain in Level III Fire Restrictions. You can learn more about Level III here
. The fire restrictions were lifted by this time last year but it appears we’ll have to wait a few more weeks this time around. We’ll keep you posted if anything changes, be patient and you might want to start dusting off the rain dance attire just in case……
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Susan Guy Giving New Light to Some of Our Favorite Los Padres Settings, Recognize Them?
SUSAN GUY 1st THURSDAY LPFA HOLIDAY OPENING
Local artist, LP explorer and Ojai Search and Rescue alum Susan Guy
will be sharing her artwork at The Press Room in Santa Barbara on Thursday December 7 as part of the SB 1st Thursday art events. 1st Thursday has become a monthly tradition where galleries and art-related venues across SB feature visual and performing art within their regular social environment. They are a lot of fun. What’s even more fun about this event at The Press Room is that Susan will be donating a portion of all her art sales from the night to the LPFA Trail Care program – awesome, right? You’ll certainly notice a lot of local Los Padres vistas and landscapes in her paintings. And, as if it couldn’t get any better, we’re going to try to turn the Press Room into a LPFA holiday party that night as well. So come on down Thursday around 7pm, have a drink, lets talk trails and favorite camp sites, mingle while admiring some amazing art, leave with some of that art, wear that holiday sweater or Los Padres themed attire and keep your eyes peeled for that mistletoe. It’s going to be a lot of fun, hope you can make it!
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Don Jack along the Pritchett Trail, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
PRITCHETT TRAIL SUCCESS
Last episode of the LPFA Email Newsletter we talked a little about some of the great partnerships that have developed around the forest. Along those lines we wanted to share a success story from the Pritchett Trail
at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
(SBBG). Earlier this year the LPFA was approached by the Botanic Garden about some trail damage they were dealing with along some of their over 5 miles of trails, in particular the more remote Pritchett Trail. The trail was sustaining some major erosion damage and had one section near the bottom that was losing its battle with gravity and needed some serious work. The LPFA does a lot of work in the deeper parts of the backcountry where we really don’t get a chance to visit and see our work during the storms that cause all the damage. The idea of working on a trail just outside town where we could come and watch the water control structures
do their thing right in the middle of a storm was very appealing. So we reached out to longtime LPFA volunteer and nearby resident Don Jack to see if he’d be interested in helping the Botanic Garden with some trail restoration. He was all about it and got started immediately working with the SBBG staff on plans and designs to fix the trail. Fast forward a few months and Don had completed building water control along the entire stretch of trail in addition to constructing a rather complicated retaining wall at the bottom of the trail. We recently took a tour of the trail with Don and the work he’s done in partnership with the Botanic Garden is amazing! It will be really valuable for Don to visit the trail throughout the winter months and see how the water structures hold up. And then we really can’t wait for him to apply that knowledge to the Los Padres on the next Working Vacation as well…………
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2018 Los Padres Calendars are Ready
The 2018 LPFA Los Padres Calendars have been sent to the printers! Thanks to everyone who submitted well over 200 photos for the calendar! We had a tough choice paring that down to the best 50 photos but we got it done. The calendars are currently at the printers and should be ready in the next week. There is a limited quantity available so if you’d like one be sure to place your order ASAP. Calendars are $10 each with any proceeds going to the LPFA Trail Care program. For more information or to order, click the link here!