Los Padres National Forest officials today announced a volunteer clean-up project is scheduled for Saturday, March 7, at the Arroyo Burro Shooting Area on the Santa Barbara Ranger District. The project is co-sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service and the Calguns Shooting Sports Association, and will last from 8 AM to 4 PM.
A similar volunteer project was held two years ago at Arroyo Burro, and resulted in the removal of nearly 40 tons of trash with the help of 90 volunteers.
Members of the public interested in volunteering for part or all of the day should bring sturdy shoes, gloves, water, shovels and sunscreen. Marborg Industries is donating roll-off container service and Calguns will provide a complimentary lunch to all volunteers.
If you have questions about the projects, please contact Larry Griffith at the Santa Barbara Ranger District at (805) 967-3481.
Each year the Santa Maria Elks Lodge hosts an annual Firefighter Appreciation Night to honor emergency responders in Santa Barbara County. Following a dinner comprised of Santa Maria tri-tip with all the fixings, a stirring ceremony is held to acknowledge the selfless achievements of firefighters from the Santa Maria area.
This year’s award went to Gary Helming for Outstanding Firefighter of the Year for Los Padres National Forest’s Santa Lucia Ranger District. BC Helming took the stage with his son, 6-year old Riley, to deliver a rousing acception speech.
“Gary is truly deserving of this honor from our fellow chiefs and cooperators,” said Santa Lucia FMO Tom Plymale. “He is among the finest in our fire service leadership.”
Congratulations to BC Helming on being named Santa Maria Elks Lodge Firefighter of the Year.
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