Not For Sale

The U.S. Forest Service abandoned plans earlier this week to sell off more than 400 acres of Los Padres National Forest, including 104 acres in Santa Barbara County’s New Cuyama Valley. Considered in early February as a means of funding President Bush’s Secure Rural Schools Act, the plan was thrown out after federal officials deemed the oil-producing parcels “too difficult” to sell. Despite the recall on local lands, the Forest Service is moving forward with plans to sell more than 70,000 acres of National Forest land in California and more than 200,000 acres nationwide in hopes of raising some $800 million for rural schools.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Goleta Target Store Confirmed

Set to open at Kmart location in 2019.

County Fire Chief Calls for More Fuel Breaks

Peterson wants to create a continuous front-country line from Montecito to Goleta.

Crime Rates Down, Youth Arrests Up in Santa Barbara County

A 'high percentage' of misdemeanor citations happen on school campuses.

Will Hollister Ranch Access Deal Hold Up Under Public Scrutiny?

State commissioners are taking a closer look at settlement over beach access to Santa Barbara County gated ...

Faced with a Gun, Sheriff’s Sergeant Holds His Fire

Sgt. Freddy Padilla reflects on potentially life-saving decisions during welfare call.