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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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Nacimiento - Fergusson Road Closed Due to Road Slide Safety Concerns
Los Padres National Forest, in cooperation with Monterey County, today announced that Nacimiento-Fergusson Road will be closed to all traffic as of 5:00 pm Wednesday, February 15, 2017, due to road slide safety concerns. Road closure barriers will be installed at the junction of South Coast Ridge Road at Nacimiento Summit and at the junction with State Highway 1. Road repair of the damaged section of road is being planned for implementation as soon as possible; however, there is no known reopening time.
Nacimineto-Fergusson Road is the only pass through from Highway 1 to Highway 101 between Carmel Valley Road and Highway 46 in San Luis Obispo County.
The closure will prohibit motorized travel on Nacimiento-Fergusson Road between South Coast Ridge Road at Nacimiento Summit and State Highway 1. Those living to the east of the Summit can still use that portion of the road to access Highway 101. Forest Service Recreation Facilities at Sand Dollar, Plaskett and Kirk Creek Campgrounds will be closed pending re-opening of State Highway 1. Access to these recreation sites by Nacimiento-Fergusson Road will not be possible during the road closure.
The public is discouraged from using Forest Service roads on the Monterey District due to unstable road conditions caused by recent storms, and the current weather forecast for significant additional rainfall.
**Soberanes Fire ALERT**
The fire closure order that went into effect September 3 for the entire Monterey Ranger District has been reduced to the fire scar. This current closure will 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. The southern portion of the Monterey Ranger District, including the Silver Peak Wilderness, is now open to the public. For more information, please contact the Monterey Ranger District at (831) 385-5434. CLICK HERE for the Soberanes Fire Closure Map
Recreation Passes Temporarily Unavailable at Mt. Pinos District Office
Due to a staffing shortage on Mt. Pinos Ranger District, sales of maps, wood permits, Adventure Passes, America the Beautiful and Senior Passes will be temporarily unavailable for purchase at the district office at Chuchupate. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to address this. Find out where to buy an Adventure Pass here.
Comment Period for the Strategic Community Fuelbreak Improvement Project Open till March 18th
The Los Padres National Forest is pleased to announce the availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Strategic Community Fuelbreak Improvement Project.
The Strategic Community Fuelbreak Improvement Project is an outcome of a local collaborative effort called Firescape Monterey. The collaborative consists of community members, diverse environmental organizations, federal, state and local governments, and other local groups that came together to help focus and prioritize fire management practices. The purpose of the project is to design and establish fuelbreaks in a non-emergency environment to enhance protection for at-risk communities, reduce suppression costs, and preserve wilderness character. The primary communities shielded by the proposed fuelbreaks are Big Sur, Palo Colorado, Cachagua, and Jamesburg. All of these communities are at-risk from wildfire based on fire probability (fire history) and hazard or expected fire behavior (fuels, weather, topography, and on-the-ground firefighter experience), and meet the definition of “communities at-risk” pursuant to the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003. Learn More...
How to Comment
Written comments may be mailed to: Monterey Ranger District, Attn: Jeff Kwasny; 406 South Mildred Ave., King City, CA 93930; or hand delivered to the Monterey Ranger District address shown above during business hours (M-F 8:00am to 4:30pm); or submitted by FAX: (831) 385-0628. Via Email - any attachments must be in common formats (.doc, .pdf, .rtf, .txt).
Individuals or representatives of an entity submitting comments must sign the comments or verify identity upon request. Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public record for this proposed action. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, anonymous comments will not provide the Agency with the ability to provide the respondent with subsequent environmental documents.