Saturday, June 21, 2014

Can You Find The Baby Rattler?

Along the Arlington Peak Trail

National Trails Day A Success!

More than 50 people turned out for National Trails Day on Jesusita Trail last weekend.  Lots of brush was removed and many repairs made to the tread.  Thanks to all that participated!

Front Country Trails Coordinator Chris Orr prepping the group

Tools of the trade

Opening an non functioning WDF


It took 7 people to lift this oak tree off the trail

A volunteer clearing brush

Cutting back the brush with pole saws

Monday, May 5, 2014

Jesusita Fire Recovery, 5 Years Later

Within the 8000 + acres burned by the Jesusita Fire contained some of Santa Barbara's beloved and historic trails.  These trails including Arroyo Burro, Jesusita, Tunnel, Rattlesnake, and West Fork of Cold Spring all played an important role in the development of our city and continue to be enjoyed by thousands every year.

We are proud to present photographs showing the recovery of the Jesusita Fire on our mountainsides along some of these historic trails.  Taken over the past 5 years you will see the hillsides collapsing upon themselves with "dry ravel" to grassy undergrowth to the rebirth of the chaparral so commonly found associated with the front country.  To some, these hillsides may appear to have achieved a full recovery but the photos show that there is still quite a bit of growth yet to go.  Until the recovery is complete, every wind storm blows over dead trees killed by this fire every rain storm brings unwanted rock and mudslides from the fragile hill sides above.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

State Trail Day, Cold Spring Trail 2014

State Trails Day 2014 on Cold Spring Trail was a great success.  Two miles of trail was cleared of nasty poison oak, low hanging brush and made more sustainable.  Special thanks to the agencies and all the volunteers who made this event possible!