Los Padres National Forest Gains 800 Acres

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Los Padres National Forest Gains 800 Acres
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Los Padres National Forest officials announced that more than 800 acres were recently added to the Santa Lucia Ranger District as part of a land transfer brokered by the Wilderness Land Trust. Six separate parcels, known as the Trout Creek properties, were acquired from private sellers by the Wilderness Land Trust earlier this year. The properties are generally located in the Arroyo Grande and San Luis Obispo area.
 
The lands are adjacent to both the Garcia and the Santa Lucia Wilderness areas and include portions of several trails as well as trailheads. As a result of the acquisitions, most of the popular Trout Creek Trail as well as the trailhead located on Hi Mountain Road, is now in public ownership, permanently protecting these acres for future generations.
 
"After five years of effort and excellent support from Wilderness Land Trust and local conservation groups and trail users, we are very pleased that these lands are now part of Los Padres National Forest and available for public enjoyment," said Los Padres Deputy Forest Supervisor Chris Stubbs.
 
Support for the acquisitions came from local organizations, including equestrian, hiking, and conservation groups. Lands along the Trout Creek corridor provide vital habitat for mule deer, black bear, wild turkey, Peregrine falcon, mountain lion,  threatened red-legged frogs, and other wildlife.

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Luvaduck Nov 19, 2019 11:11 AM
Los Padres National Forest Gains 800 Acres

If it's bought with private money (donations, grants and so forth), can't the hand-over include no-drill, no-mine, no-cheap-cattle-grazing provisions?

a-1575820211 Nov 19, 2019 12:06 PM
Los Padres National Forest Gains 800 Acres

Nothing is protected under the Trump Administration if they can find a legal means to hand it over to the extraction industries. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Aug. 23, 2019" Hundreds of thousands of acres inside what used to be Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument will be opened to mining and drilling under a plan the Bureau of Land Management released Friday, renewing charges that President Donald Trump’s executive action reducing the 23-year-old preserve was engineered to promote energy extraction in some of America’s most scenic landscapes."

Emmenanthe Nov 19, 2019 09:01 AM
Los Padres National Forest Gains 800 Acres

I assume the Wilderness Land Trust received/purchased this land to protect it. If so, it is appalling to learn that the land has been transferred to the Multiple Abuse agency. The Forest Service is entirely subject to political whims, and usually is obliged to abandon protections to satisfy those whims. Beware the Wilderness Land Trust!

Rinconer Nov 19, 2019 07:41 AM
Los Padres National Forest Gains 800 Acres

“Every year in the USA we give away $649 Billion of our tax dollars in subsidies to oil, gas, and coal companies. That is ten times what we pay for Education.” -RFK Jr.

a-1575820211 Nov 19, 2019 08:30 AM
Los Padres National Forest Gains 800 Acres

My grandpa and uncles made their living bootlegging -- in the 20's. So what? My Dad also made beer, wine, and root beer (legally). SO what? Does something a relative did mean you are somehow a bad person?

a-1575820211 Nov 18, 2019 11:34 PM
Los Padres National Forest Gains 800 Acres

One would have to know literally zilch about the oil business to think they will be drilling in the local forest or by Cachuma. Serious Trump derangement syndrome in constant trigger state. Projecting onto trump cronyism- hmm I can Think of a Ukrainian oil/gas company that’s offering $50k/mo as long as you have zero experience and last name is Biden.

a-1575820211 Nov 19, 2019 08:37 AM
Los Padres National Forest Gains 800 Acres

Someone would have to be delusional to think that the unchecked corruption and deal making which we are seeing today in the federal government could not result in national forests being compromised and sold to oil and gas and mining interests, as have other federal lands such as the Escalante National Monument and the BLM. Rick Perry,the U.S. Secretary of Energy who just resigned, is in a scandal over giving a list of his campaign donors to Ukraine oil and gas officials in order for them to one week later pick one for a 50 year contract.

a-1575820211 Nov 18, 2019 07:14 PM
Los Padres National Forest Gains 800 Acres

Re: Flicka's concerns. After the Escalante National Monument fiasco, where The Trump administration took half of the of the monument away and lands were opened for mining, it is easy to see why someone would be concerned about natural resource management while the current Republican administration is in power. They even broker deals for their political cronies with foreign governments for oil and gas extraction. Everything is on the table for discussion if they can enrich themselves or their supporters.

Flicka Nov 18, 2019 03:15 PM
Los Padres National Forest Gains 800 Acres

Wonderful news, in a way. Pretty soon this administration will give oil companies permission to head in there and drill and/or frack. Maybe this should have been kept a secret.

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