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!

MRD Closure Sign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The entire Monterey Ranger District is closed due to the Soberanes Fire

 

** SOBERANES FIRE ALERT**

 

Los Padres National Forest issued a fire closure order September 3 for the entire Monterey Ranger District to help ensure that members of the public are not injured within the fire perimeter, allow for the scorched landscape to begin the rehabilitation process, and help reduce the potential for another human-caused fire. While Forest Service campgrounds along Highway 1 will remain open, all trails and campgrounds are closed to the public. The notable exception is that Nacimiento-Fergusson Road remains open to through traffic only.

 

CLICK HERE for Information on the Soberanes Fire

 

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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NO TARGET SHOOTING ALLOWED ANYWHERE IN THE FOREST -- NO CAMPFIRES ALLOWED ANYWHERE IN THE FOREST -- CLICK HERE FOR FIRE RESTRICTIONS -- CLICK HERE FOR MONTEREY RANGER DISTRICT CLOSURE -- CLICK HERE FOR SOBERANES FIRE INFORMATION


 

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THANK YOU FIREFIGHTERS SOBERANES AND CHIMNEY FIRES! FROM PACIFIC VALLEY SCHOOL

[image] Thank You Firefighters! Soberanes and Chimney Fire

We at Pacific Valley School, Big Sur Unified School District wish to communicate our thanks and appreciation to all the firefighters and public safety officers who worked so hard in protecting our community in Big Sur from the devastation of the Soberanes Fire and the Chimney Fire. To show our appreciation, the students of my Art classes at Pacific Valley School created a big 15' x 5' mural on canvas. Upon completion, the mural was immediately delivered to the Molera Fire Camp, and will "make its rounds" to the other fire camps and firefighting units who were involved in the heroic defense efforts.

In sincere gratitude,

David Allan

Art/Science Teacher

Pacific Valley School

Big Sur Unified School District


Santa Barbara Ranger District's Arroyo Burro Shooting Area Volunteer Clean-Up

Arroyo Burro Shooting Area Clean-Up Day June 25, 2016

On Saturday June 25th, 25 volunteers spent the day cleaning up the Arroyo Burro Shooting Area on East Camino Cielo, also known as the Glass Factory. With monies raised on Go-Fund-Me, the volunteers paid for three 40 yard roll-off dumpsters and a portapotty from Marborg (at a discounted rate). The Painted Cave Volunteer Fire Dept came through with the use of their tractor and operator for the day. A raffle at the end had more prizes than volunteers so every volunteer (including “tractor man” from the Painted Cave Volunteer Fire Dept.)  went home with a few prizes.  The shooting area now looks cleaner than it has looked for years. CLICK HERE for article


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Spotlights

Thank You Volunteers for helping with the Spring Lizard's Mouth trash Clean-up

[image]  Lizard's Mouth Trash Clean-up

The Santa Barbara Ranger District’s spring Lizard’s Mouth Rocks Clean-up was held on April 23, 2016.  CLICK HERE for article

Forest Recreation Information Brochures and Publications

[image} Kirk Creek Campground - Monterrey Ranger District

Information on recreational opportunities on the Los Padres National Forest. CLICK HERE for brochures

 




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. CLICK HERE for full article