Fire Restrictions Take Place

August 18, 2011. In response to the increasing potential for a wildland fire start, Los Padres National Forest officials announced that Level 2 Fire Restrictions will be implemented throughout the forest beginning August 17, 2011. These restrictions will affect the use of campfires, stoves, smoking materials and internal combustion engines, and will remain in effect until the end of fire season...
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Maria Ygnacia Creek Bike Path Improvements

County maintenance crews will be repairing the asphalt surface of the Maria Ygnacia Creek Bikepath that has been severely uplifted due to tree roots growing under the bikepath.  The section of the bikepath is adjacent to Gwyne Avenue located south of Hollister Avenueand north of the intersection of the Obern Trail and the Maria Ygnacia Creek Bike Path. These repairs will begin on Monday...
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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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