Hello Los Padres and Happy New Year!
Hopefully all of you have been out on the trails trying out your new boots, GPS, trekking pole or thermal underwear (it’s been cold!). If you haven’t gotten out yet, now is the time! The trails are in great shape (for the most part), water is flowing, campfires are permitted and the weather is looking great for Los Padres outings. Lets hope one of your resolutions is to spend more time exploring the Forest.
Looking forward to 2015, it’s gonna be another busy year for the LPFA. Our focus remains getting trails open, helping people enjoy the Forest and sharing whatever information we can to ensure the Forest stays healthy and safe. We realize there is much competition for your support amongst non-profits and organizations. As we close out 2014, reflect on your favorite trail and the times you’ve enjoyed in the Forest. We’d love your support to help keep those trails open and those memories alive. Click the picture below to join the LPFA and if there is anything we can do to help your LP experience in 2015, feel free to let us know.
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N E W F O R E S T K I O S K S
The LPFA will be working with the Forest Service to install a series of kiosks around the San Rafael and Dick Smith Wilderness trailheads. We installed the first kiosk at Upper Oso last month and have plans to install the remaining kiosks this winter. The kiosks were designed by the Forest Service and focus on Leave No Trace and post-fire regrowth. They are very good.
P R O J E C T S U P C O M I N G
Upper Franklin Trail, photo Ray Ford
Eastern Hurricane Deck Project: January 16-19
The LPFA is hosting a trail project along he Eastern Hurricane Deck on January 16-19th weekend. The project will base from White Ledge Camp and work out the Deck towards Lost Valley. We’ll have stock support so dinner and breakfast will be provided for all volunteers. If interested in learning more or signing up, contact Curt Cragg at: Curt@LPForest.org
We’ll update the status of the project in the coming weeks.
Franklin Trail Project: January 3
There will be another trail project to clear the upper Franklin Trail above Carpinteria. The project is scheduled for this Saturday January 3. Great way to start off the New Year with some trail work along a great trail. For more information contact Ray Ford: firstname.lastname@example.org
N E W S & N O T E S
Lost Valley Sunset, photo Mark Anderson
Los Padres in the Rose Parade
This is very cool! The Forest Service will participate in this years Rose Parade, featuring a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The Los Padres will be represented by 5 employees and super volunteer Mike Heard from the Monterey District. There will be an assortment of who’s who from the Forest Service riding in 19th century wagons. If you are not on the trail, turn on the tube and watch the parade – January 1. Should be fun…….
First Aid, CPR and BBP Certification: February 28
Reminder that we are hosting a First Aid certification on February 28 in Ojai. If interested, please let us know and we’ll sign you up. INFO@LPForest.org
Pine Ridge Trail CLOSED
The Pine Ridge Trail remains closed from Big Sur Station east towards Sykes. This is due to one large landslide and some other downed trees and smaller slides. No timetable has been established for when the trail work might begin but it will most likely not happen until after the rains stop. We will keep you posted.
Happy New Year Everyone!