GOLETA, CA, March 27, 2014…In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Los Padres National Forest will hold a series of public events over the course of the spring and summer leading up to September 3, the date the law was signed by Congress in 1964.
The first of these events is April 5 at Figueroa Mountain Fire Station from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Featured activities will include renown naturalist Joe Martin with his insect display and collection equipment along with guided trail hikes for advanced (10:30am), moderate (noon), and beginning hikers (1:00pm). There will also be educational packing demonstrations and visits from Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl and Frances Steelhead. More fun activities are scheduled including craft projects for kids.
There will be displays by California Fish and Wildlife, Animal Rescue Team, Los Flores Ranch Park, and Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network. This event is free to the public, and is co-sponsored by Los Padres Forest Association.
Los Padres National Forest is home to some of California’s premier coastal wilderness areas. Its 10 Wilderness Areas cover nearly 900,000 acres, or approximately half the Forest’s total acreage.
For more information, please call the Santa Luica Ranger District at (805) 925-9538.