Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 26, 2022

Los Padres Forest on the Chopping Block: Comment Period Extension, Upcoming Webinars, & Guided Hike

from Los Padres ForestWatch

The Forest Service recently announced that the comment period for a massive 235,000-acre logging and chaparral clearing project has been extended to September 27. This was no doubt due to the 70+ organizations that submitted a joint letter asking for an extension as well as a similar request by Congressman Salud Carbajal—all in addition to overwhelming opposition by more than 1,300 people who have already submitted comments asking the agency to change course.

All of this means you have more time to weigh in and urge the agency to drastically change the project and/or prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). So far the Forest Service has rebuffed requests to commit to preparing a EIS.

We’ll also be hosting additional events to raise awareness about the many threats this project poses to land, water, plants, and wildlife. If you want to learn more about specific areas that are at risk, join us for any of our upcoming webinars in September. Each webinar will take place at 11:30am and will focus on a different region of the Los Padres National Forest. Click the buttons below to register.
Webinar: Ventura & Kern Counties Focus (Sept. 1)
Webinar: Santa Barbara County Focus (Sept. 13)
Webinar: SLO & Monterey Counties Focus (Sept. 15)
We’ve made it easy to submit a comment to the Forest Service online. Be sure to visit our online Action Center. We have some talking points ready, and you can add your own personal touch to make your comments most effective. Estimated time: 3-5 minutes.
Submit Your Letter Online

You can also join our upcoming guided nature hike along Davy Brown Trail near Figueroa Mountain—one of the areas targeted in the proposal. The hike will be lead by our director of conservation and research Bryant Baker who will talk about the different native plants and animals in the area and how to identify them. This will be a great opportunity to see an area that would be impacted by the project firsthand.

 

Guided Nature Hike: Davy Brown Trail   Sunday, September 4

We will meet at the upper trailhead at 9:30am and hike about 1.5 miles along the trail before heading back. Learn about bigcone Douglas-firs, Coulter pines, and the many other trees and shrubs growing in Fir Canyon. It is free to RSVP, but space is limited

Register for the hike.

Lastly, you can check out our the interactive map we’ve put together using project data received from the Forest Service. Quickly find out which places are targeted in the proposal—you may want to talk about specific areas that are near and dear to your heart when submitting a comment to the agency.
This proposal poses a serious threat to several ecosystems, sacred places, and recreation areas across the Los Padres National Forest. Now is the time to let your voice be heard.
For the forest,

Jeff Kuyper Executive Director Los Padres ForestWatch

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