The Los Padres National Forest is located in the west central part of California.
Where is this Forest?


Welcome to the Los Padres National Forest!

[image] Big Sur Coast - Monterey Ranger District

Monterey Ranger District—Big Sur Coast

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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Women in Wildfire Basic Training Camp

[image] Women in Wildfire Basic Training Camp

Would you like a career working outdoors?

Do you want to help your community and your country?

If so, then a Wildland Firefighter career may be for you!

The U.S. Forest Service, Los Padres National Forest, is seeking highly motivated females interested in a career in firefighting to participate in our Women in Wildfire Basic Training Camp. This camp is geared toward providing a bridge for female and underrepresented groups to wildland firefighting careers which they may not have otherwise been aware of. Participants will learn about careers in wildland fire with the Forest Service through basic firefighter training and leadership development. Upon completion of training, participants will be highly competitive for temporary wildland fire positions. CLICK HERE for more information and to apply.

Engaging Empolyees on the Los Padres National Forest - Climate Change

[image] Kevin Cooper, Wildlife Biologist

Employee education and engagement has the power to promote climate change preparedness and sustainable business operations across a Forest Service Unit. This month, we are featuring one of our newest Unit Climate Change Coordinators -- Kevin Cooper on the Los Padres NF (LPNF). While his title is new, his efforts are not. He has been helping with climate change efforts for more than three years and continues to assist his Forest in "getting to YES" on the Climate Change Scorecard.

On the LPNF, Kevin educates employees by emphasizing the importance of reading Climate Change & Sustainable Operations (SusOps) informational emails, attending webinars, and reviewing both the Climate Change Integration Team and Sustainable Operations Intranet Sites. Though Kevin emphasizes these resources for employees, he believes the most effective way to educate and engage people is through personal interactions. CLICK HERE for full article

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