The Lower Sisquoc & Its Most Famous Wilderness Sign, January 2018
Quick reminder on some upcoming volunteer projects that you might want to help with and a cruz’in Thomas fundraiser. Lets get to it…..
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LOWER SISQUOC TRAIL PROJECT
February 16-19, Manzana Schoolhouse
The LPFA will be leading a 4-day trail project working on the Lower Sisquoc Trail from Manzana Schoolhouse up towards Water Canyon Camp. The project will be led by Mike Smith. We’ll have drive-in times to the Schoolhouse on both Friday and Saturday mornings and using the Schoolhouse as our base for the 4 days. We plan on leaving Monday morning 2/19 (President’s Day) with the hopes of being back home by early afternoon. Work will be primarily brushing the trail corridor and clearing slough from the trail-bed but there will be some opportunity for crosscut sawyer work as well. The Lower Sisquoc is a special location with a rich history. It’s really neat being able to drive in and enjoy this backpacking style campsite with all the conveniences of a car-camping setup. The Lower Sisquoc is also part of the Condor Trail (although we cannot guarantee you’ll see the rare and illusive CT through-hiker while on this trail project)
. All food will be provided by the LPFA, compliments of backcountry cook extraordinaire Rich Scholl. While we’ll be out there for 4 days, you are welcome to join us for any part of that time as long as you can hike in via the 8 miles from NIRA or 5 miles from Zaca Cedros Saddle. This is a great opportunity to explore a new corner of the forest or revisit one of your favorite haunts from the past. For more information or to sign up please email: INFO@LPForest.org
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CHERRY CREEK CLEANUP
February 10, Cherry Creek off Highway 33
The Ojai Ranger District and LPFA will be partnering again this Saturday to cleanup some of the areas that were recently burned in the Thomas Fire. Last weekend was Rose Valley, this weekend we’ll be moving a little further up Hwy 33 (which is now open!) and focusing on Cherry Creek. Until recently Cherry Creek was a popular target shooting destination off the Upper Sespe along Hwy 33. To put it bluntly, the area was trashed over the previous decades by target shooters blasting the trees and leaving target remains up and down the road. A few years ago target shooting was prohibited and a series of cleanups organized to haul away much of the target remains and trash. The Thomas Fire burned much of Cherry Creek, revealing in the absence of brush a new wave of trash. Our objective is to get in there and pick up as much remaining trash as we can. The Forest Service will be providing lunch for all volunteers so please RSVP with Mike Porter and let him know if you want veggie or meat sandwich:
We’ll be meeting at the Ojai Ranger Station (1190 E. Ojai Ave.) at 8:30am and plan to be back by 4pm. All supplies will be provided but please wear closed-toe shoes and bring snacks, water, sunglasses and gloves if you have them. Hope to see you there…….
Hey, we could have used those!
You never know what “trash” you’ll find after a fire?
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SANTA CRUZ BIKES – THOMAS FIRE FUNDRAISER
There’s been quite a few Thomas Fire related fundraising events over the past month or so and we wanted to share a really cool fundraiser that Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers (SBMTV) is working on with Santa Cruz Bikes. You can read all about it at the link below but basically you can buy $5 tickets to win one of two brand new Santa Cruz bikes! And even better, the proceeds from the ticket sales are going to support trails impacted by the Thomas Fire. There is a little more to it than that as SBMTV will be splitting the money raised with a Santa Rosa based mountain bike group who will be using their share of the money to work on trails damaged in their fire. Again, you can read all the fine-print below. This is a great fundraiser that supports our trails, huge kudos to Santa Cruz Bikes for being so supportive and SBMTV for making it happen. Check it out, get your tickets while you can and good luck with winning the second bike – since I’ll be winning the first bike! 😉
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He’s not kidding! Don’t mess with Smokey……