The Los Padres National Forest is located in the west central part of California.
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     [image} Poppies on Grass Mountain - Figueroa Recreation Area



Springtime on the Santa Lucia Ranger District - Figueroa Mountain

Los Padres National Forest provides Southern California and the Bay Area with a variety of terrain, vegetation, and recreational settings. There are 1,257 miles of maintained trails which provide both day-use and extended backpacking opportunities. Much of the forest is unroaded and primitive and has 10 congressionally designated wildernesses comprising approximately 875,000 acres or about 48% of the forest. These include the Ventana, Silver Peak, Santa Lucia, Machesna, Garcia, San Rafael, Dick Smith, Sespe, Matilija and Chumash wildernesses.

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Los Padres National Forest Represented in the 126th Rose Parade in Pasadena

Forest Service in the Rose Parade

U.S. Forest Service rangers, firefighters and volunteers participated in the 126th Rose Parade in Pasadena on January 1. The agency celebrated its centennial a decade ago with a Rose Parade entry in 2005.

The U.S. Forest Service entry celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act while highlighting the historic role of packers in supporting wildland firefighters and other backcountry operations, as well as acknowledging the outstanding contributions made by national forest volunteers.

Five employees and a volunteer represented Los Padres National Forest in the parade. The Forest Service Wilderness Volunteer of the Year award winner Mike Heard rode in an authentic 19th century wagon along with Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, Pacific Southwest Regional Forester Randy Moore, and Smokey Bear...

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Helen Tarbet Receives Regional Forester Honor Award for Engaging Youth

[image] Helen Tarbet Receiving Regional Forester Honor

Ranger Helen Tarbet was recognized by the Pacific Southwest Region December 10 during a ceremony in Sacramento where she received the Regional Forester’s Honor Award for Engaging Youth. She accepted the award from Regional Forester Randy Moore as Los Padres Forest Supervisor Robert Baird and Santa Lucia District Ranger Nathan Rezeau proudly looked on. CLICK HERE for full article

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