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.
Another successful Volunteer cleanup day on West Camino Cielo on Sunday, November 2, 2014. It was a beautiful day at a beautiful spot overlooking Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean. There were about 20 volunteers that helped in the effort. Volunteers cleaned up trash that was in the bushes at the view point just before Lizard’s Mouth Rocks. Some volunteers cleaned up the overlook while others cleaned up Lizard’s Mouth Rocks and the Brickyard Rocks. Real Cheap Sports and Island Seed and Feed donated prizes to the raffle at the end of the cleanup. About 6 cubic yards of trash were removed from the Forest today, 3 cubic yards of the trash was bagged separate and sent to the recycle center and 3 cubic yards of trash went into the dumpster as regular trash!
Representatives from the Los Padres National Forest, San Luis Obispo County Community Fire Safe Council, CAL FIRE and PG&E gathered at the Mt. Lowe communication site to discuss fire hazard abatement projects at four sites within San Luis Obispo County. The projects were made possible by a $163,500 community grant provided by PG&E to the SLO County Community Fire Safe Council.
The money is being used for fuel reduction, emergency access and defensible space projects on both state and federal lands. CAL FIRE and California Conservation Corps crews are carrying out the project work.