Presence of Endangered Amphibians Prompts Major Road Closure

Vehicles Not Allowed on Romero Camuesa Road at Divide Peak

Arroyo Toad
U.S. Geological Survey

The newly discovered presence of endangered California red-legged frogs and arroyo toads along Agua Caliente Creek in Los Padres National Forest has prompted the closure of Romero Camuesa Road at Divide Peak to all motorized vehicles.

Red-legged frog
U.S. Geological Survey

The closure, which is scheduled to remain in effect until August 7, 2013, restricts vehicular access to Rock Camp, Middle Santa Ynez, P-Bar Flats, Mono campgrounds, and the Big Caliente Day Use Area, according to a U.S. Forest Service press release. In April, the Forest Service had closed Romero Camuesa Road from the west crossing to where the it ends near Mono Campground.

“We’re expanding the original closure order to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect these endangered species from further impact,” said Santa Barbara District Ranger John Smith in a prepared statement. “We’ll continue to monitor the stream crossing and, if future biological surveys indicate a reduced presence of these species, we’ll re-open the road to vehicles.”


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