The Los Padres National Forest is located in the west central part of California.
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Welcome to the Los Padres National Forest!

[image] Piedra Blanca Trail, Ojai Ranger District

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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10th Annual William Stafford Poetry Reading

[image] William Stafford

2:00pm on January 30, 2016

Featured Readers: Laure-Anne Bosselaar and Michael Wilds. Anyone in attendance is also welcome to read a Stafford poem aloud.

The First Crossing Day Use Area does not have an address, but it is almost directly across the road from the Los Prietos Boys Camp, 3900 Paradise Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. (In case of rain, meet a mile down the road at the Los Prietos Ranger Station, 3505 Paradise Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.) Call (805) 967-3481 X 0.

Los Prietos Stafford Readings

Since 2007, Paul J. Willis has hosted the Los Prietos Stafford Readings, an annual community reading of the poems of William Stafford at the First Crossing Day Use Area on Paradise Road in Los Padres National Forest. This is the former site of the Los Prietos Civilian Public Service Camp, where Stafford served as a conscientious objector during World War II. CLICK HERE for more....

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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