CA Coastal Trail Finds Route Along Gaviota

Planning Commission sides with county staff recommendations. Read story.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Yes, It's Just Smoke

That was not an additional fire, just smoke blowing into Santa Barbara from the Zaca Fire, which remains only 37% contained. Forest Service also announced Los Padres restrictions on fire use during this high risk period. Read story.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Unforgettable Hikes

Santa Barbara's diverse habitats make for some interesting hikes. With the Santa Ynez Mountains virtually descending into the ocean and the Channel Islands National Park an hour's boat ride away, you can disappear into a wealth of ecosystems teeming with freshwater springs, riparian corridors, and majestic sand dunes. Here are three hikes you'll never forget. (Be sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, lunch, and a camera.) Read story.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Leaving More Than a Trace

The ear-splitting roar of a chainsaw throwing showers of splinters and dust up into a cloudless sky penetrates the serene mountain scene. The fresh air's aroma of sage and wild mint gets overpowered by the reek of grease and oil. The uneven, hardly trampled soil gets unearthed and tamed by a pickax. Gnarled, ancient branches of oak scrub meet their immediate defeat in the jaws of loppers, their shredded remains tossed over steep cliffs. Helmets are worn, sweat pours down faces, hands get cut, eyes fill with dirt, ears ring, muscles grow sore. Read story.

Thursday, May 17, 2007
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