Hello Friends – Happy belated Thanksgiving!
Recently Restored Tinta Trail
Trails are the main artery used by people to access and enjoy the Los Padres Forest. It doesn’t matter if you’re a birdwatcher, a mountain biker, a hunter or a backpacker; you’ll be using some of the over 1,200 miles of Los Padres trails to get where you want to be. Unfortunately, Los Padres trails are some of the most difficult to maintain. Chaparral grows so fast, needing to be worked every year or two. Trees fall across the trails and fires can alter the trail landscape for the better part of a decade. So how are the trails kept open? The Forest Service oversees trail maintenance but most of the boots on the ground efforts come from the numerous Los Padres non-profit trail organizations and the the volunteers who work with these groups. If you’ve not taken a day or a weekend to volunteer on a trail project, you have to find a way to make that happen. You’d be surprised at how much fun a day of hard work along the trails can be. It’s a chance to meet like-minded friends, get outside in the forest and the sense of accomplishment you’ll feel on your way out is what keeps people coming back for more. The LPFA alone accounted for over 12,000 volunteer hours this past year and there are many other great trail groups up and down the Los Padres who host regular trail projects as well. Get involved if you can, volunteer, give back to the trails you use and love, you won’t be disappointed. Check the calendar of projects below and sign up for a project near you.
HPS Sierra Club Volunteers, photo Mark Allen – Patagonia Volunteers, photo Aanjelae Rhoads
Just Another Cuyama Peak Sunrise
Three Concrete Crossings along Davy Brown & Munch Creeks
• The Los Padres National Forest, in conjunction with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, is working on a proposal to improve aquatic organism passage along Munch and Davy Brown Creeks by removing three concrete water crossings and replacing two of them with bridges. If you’ve ever driven Sunset Valley Road to NIRA, the two main crossings are between Davy Brown Campground and the lower Manzana Trailhead. See attached document for specifics. The Forest Service will be hosting an open house to discuss this proposal on November 30, 4-6pm at the Santa Lucia District Office in Santa Maria.
• The LPFA 2018 Los Padres wall calendars are going to the printer later this week. They cost only $15 but will provide you a years worth of priceless Los Padres vistas, scenery, wildlife and stoke! Get em while you can, you can order them here.
• Brookshire, La Panza and Miranda Pine Campgrounds are currently closed as older pit toilets are removed and replaced with new vault toilets. See here for more information, they are expected to be closed for 3-4 more weeks.
• Condors continue their remarkable recovery as four new juvenile condors will be released into the San Simeon flock by the end of the year.
• There was an interesting article posted in the SLO New Times earlier this month discussing recent wildlife population trends and how those trends relate to drought, agriculture and changes in hunting restrictions. It’s a good read.
• Due to potential storm related closures, camping at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park will become first-come first-serve only starting December 1, 2017 and lasting through April 30, 2018.