Monterey Ranger District—Soberanes Fire Closure Information
The Soberanes Fire is now one-hundred percent contained and controlled. 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. Law enforcement capacity is actively enforcing the order.
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.
Los Padres Partners with Parks Management Co. to Manage Forest Recreation Sites
On November 1, 2016, a new concessionaire Special Use Permit (SUP) was issued to Parks Management Company (PMC) for campground and recreation site operations following a competitive bidding process.
Forest Service campground concessionaire SUPs are issued under the authority of the Granger-Thye Act (1950), 16 U.S.C. 580d, and the permits have a 10-year life span. Since 1985, Los Padres campgrounds, day-use areas and certain trailheads have been managed by a concessionaire under an SUP. The previous concessionaire permits on Los Padres expired in October 2016. The new SUP with PMC replaces six existing permits and will place the concession operations under one forest-wide permit.
Los Padres has 125 developed campgrounds, day-use sites, and trailheads. Under the recently expired SUP, 34 sites were managed under concession. The new 10-year SUP includes 18 additional recreation sites that previously required an Adventure Pass or other access pass. Overall, 52 sites will be managed by PMC under a new fee structure, 23 sites will still require a Recreation Pass, and 50 remain free of charge. CLICK HERE For more information.
The Los Padres National Forest hosted its third annual Women In Wildfire Training Camp on November 27 through December 2, 2016 in Santa Barbara, CA. The forest conducted a successful outreach this year and received over 160 applications, of which 23 participants were selected and successfully completed the training camp.
This year, the LP expanded the program by adding a day to the Training Camp and developing a more thorough screening process to improve the level of interest and dedication from participants. The camp provides a comprehensive wildland fire orientation, which includes classroom and hands-on field exercises as well as certification and physical agility test. Participants take part in leadership and teambuilding exercises and receive professional development training through resume and usajobs application workshops.
Pat Bailey was the embodiment of the pack stock program on Los Padres National Forest’s Monterey Ranger District, where he worked for nearly 40 years. Family, friends and co-workers were devastated to learn of his passing November 20 at the age of 59.
Patrick William Bailey was born January 9, 1957, in King City, California. Growing up, Pat was a member of the local Boy Scout Troop where his love and appreciation of the outdoors began and where he developed a strong ethic for lifelong land stewardship. In 1975, Pat graduated from King City High School and that same year began his Forest Service career on the Monterey Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest.
Starting as a Visitor Information Services assistant at the Arroyo Seco Station, Pat was soon assigned to the Arroyo Seco Helishot Crew where he served three seasons, beginning his career in wildland fire.