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!

     [picture]: Poppies and Lupines on Figueroa Mountain



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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Volunteer clean-up project Saturday, March 7, at the Arroyo Burro Shooting Area

Arroyo Burro Shooting Area Clean Up Event May 11, 2013

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.

Santa Maria Elks Lodge Honors Los Padres NF Firefighter - Gary Helming

Santa Maria Elks Lodge Honors LPF Firefighter Gary Helming

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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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 1st. CLICK HERE for article