Hunting Season Boosts Visitor Numbers in Los Padres

August 12, 2011. With California’s hunting season set to open August 13, Los Padres National Forest officials are advising visitors that many campgrounds will reach full capacity during the opening weekend and may experience higher than normal occupancy levels until the close of hunting season. Visitors are also reminded that Pendola, a popular campground for hunters on the Santa Barbara...
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California Puts Brake on Parks

Source Wall Street Journal By JIM CARLTON GUERNEVILLE, Calif.—State parks here are in a downward spiral amid budget cuts that have left many only partially open and in decrepit condition heading into the busy summer season—amid plans to indefinitely close a quarter of the 278 parks. Jim Carlton Public safety superintendent Jenny Donovan said budget cuts have made her job tougher to...
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Fee waived this weekend for Los Padres National Forest

Los Padres National Forest will offer "fee-free" days on Saturday and Sunday as part of its annual National Trail Day. The $5 Adventure Pass fee will be waived, but a fee still will be required for certain sites such as the Santa Barbara Ranger District's Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area. "We do it annually to promote people to the forest and to help those who are financially strapped," said Ben...
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Saving Hot Springs Forever

This article was originally published Wednesday, May 18, 2011 By Ethan Stewart  You would never know it based on the number of people who tramp on a daily basis across the natural beauty that is Hot Springs Canyon, but that idyllic and mostly untouched expanse of oaks, sycamores, chaparral, and creeks and peaks is private property with a very real potential for development. Enter the Land Trust...
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Camping trip turns tragic with death of climber

By Adam Foxman - vcstar.com Posted May 6, 2011 at 2:26 p.m. What began as a camping trip along a scenic canyon north of Ojai turned tragic this week when two friends from Santa Barbara decided to scale a rock face and one of them slipped and fell about 80 feet to his death, authorities said. Jasper Bowen, 31, died and his friend, Tyler Dobbs, 23, was severely ...
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Outdoor Tips Courtesy of Search and Rescue

As Spring and Summer months approach, Santa Barbara County Search & Rescue along with the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office would like to remind all those venturing into the outdoors to keep in mind the following simple suggestions to help make outdoor backcountry activities safe and enjoyable. 1) Know where you are going. Know the name of the trail you will be hiking. To help orientate...
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