Lost Dogs in Coastlands — FOUND!

“Hi Kate
We have a home in Coastlands 48310 Highway 1. 2 of our dogs escaped last night and we have been looking for them all night. Photographs are attached. They are Dylan (the black one) and Little Bear (Grey guy) they are friendly and little bear is a pup. Could you post to the blog in the hope that someone has seen or found them?” Best number to contact owner, Lowell Strauss per Patte Kronlund is: 415-272-4954

Dylan (left) and Little Bear (right)

No Campfires in LPNF starting Sat. 6/29/19

Los Padres National Forest officials raise fire restrictions

GOLETA, Calif. – In response to the increasing potential for a wildland fire start, Los Padres National Forest officials announced that fire restrictions will be raised throughout the Forest effective tomorrow, June 29. These restrictions will affect the use of campfires, stoves, smoking materials and internal combustion engines, and will remain in effect until the end of fire season in late autumn. 

Effective June 29, the following restrictions will be in effect:

·         No open fires, campfires or charcoal fires will be permitted outside of developed recreation sites or designated Campfire Use Sites (list attached), even with a valid California Campfire Permit. Lanterns and portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel will be permitted, but only with a valid California Campfire Permit, which are available free-of-charge on the Forest website and at any U.S. Forest Service office. Forest visitors must clear all flammable material for five feet in all directions from their camp stove, have a shovel available, and ensure that a responsible person attends the stove at all times during use.

·         Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or a designated Campfire Use Site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material. 

·         Internal combustion engines may be operated only on roads or designated trails. This restriction is in effect year-round. Please make sure your engine is tuned, operating properly, and has an approved spark arrester. 

·         Fireworks – even the “safe and sane” variety – are not permitted at any time or in any location within the Forest,

For a list of Developed Recreation Sites and Campfire Use Sites in Los Padres National Forest, or further information regarding Fire-Safe Camping, visit www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf or contact the U.S. Forest Service district office nearest you.

Tourist Tuesday — Big Sur can take a lesson from Kauai

“The idea is to create a better experience for the residents and the visitors and then lessen the impact on the place,” said Joel Guy, executive director of The Hanalei Initiative, a nonprofit launching the North Shore Shuttle. “I think it’s a pretty unique model that can hopefully be used in other places.”

June 20, 2019, 2:31 AM PDT By Michelle Broder Van Dyke

HĀʻENA, Hawaii — To reach the northeastern corner of the island of Kauai requires driving or biking on a winding two-lane highway flanked by the mountains and the sea, where rocky outposts are interlaced with strips of sandy beach protected by fringe reefs.

A two-mile stretch of Kūhiō Highway reopened this week after being closed since April 2018 because of landslides triggered by record-breaking rainfall. Now, parts of the mountainside are held back with wire mesh that climbs 40 feet in a highway repair project estimated to cost at least $85 million. Three narrow bridges built in 1912 were wiped out and only one has been completely repaired; the other two are partially complete, with makeshift wooden guardrails and cones blocking cars from crashing into the Pacific Ocean.

Without tourists to disturb the wildlife, native plants and animals rebounded, and even the local community grew stronger. The highway leads to Hāʻena State Park, which once drew more than 2,000 visitors a day. Although tourism is the main economic driver in Hawaii, officials are reconsidering its position as host to nearly 10 million tourists a year across the six islands accessible to visitors. To maintain its unique natural and cultural resources, Hawaii is attempting to shift from encouraging to limiting tourists. With the reopening of Kūhiō Highway, new regulations will aim to cut the park’s number of visitors in half, a goal some locals say is not enough.

See the rest of this article here: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/after-year-without-tourists-kauai-s-rugged-coast-reopens-n1019551

“A popular sentiment among born-and-raised locals is that the flood was a divine declaration from Mother Nature that she had had enough.” 

From another article on what it is like since it reopened with some controls over tourist numbers in place:

Kauai’s Newly Reopened Park Is A Case Study In Controlling Tourism

“There are people who have been born and raised there and all they know is crowds of people,” said Curt Cottrell, the administrator of the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks. “And then … they looked up and saw their community as it once was 70 years ago. Even the fish started looking up and recognizing that there was room now for them to come back and swim.”

For the rest of this wonderful article see: https://www.civilbeat.org/2019/06/kauis-newly-reopened-park-is-a-case-study-in-controlling-tourism/

As Lisa Kleissner says, ”What will our story be?”

Fire in north SLO Co.

From twitter: “Fully involved structure @ 9892 River Rd, extension to 1/4 acre of veg.” in response to my post from fire scanner.

This is north of Paso Robles. Camp Roberts and San Miguel are responding. No further at this time.

Incident: 00120 Type: Report of Fire Location: San Pablo Ln / Mission St Loc Desc:   Lat/Lon: 35.747341 -120.681965 

Detail Information

Campsite & Trail Closures Update

ALERTS IN EFFECT for the Big Sur Area
Updated June 19, 2019

Palo Colorado Road
Closed to Bottchers Gap

GARRAPATA State Park: Trails west of Highway 1 are open. Soberanes Canyon Trail is partially open from the main, gated trailhead across from Gate 8 of the Garrapata coastal trail. Hikers will be able to proceed to the back of the canyon along the 1.25 mile length of the trail. It will be an out and back hike as the Rocky Ridge portion of the trail will remain closed pending repair.

ANDREW MOLERA State Park: CLOSED TRAILS: River, Twin Cottonwoods, Hidden and Trail Camp/Headlands. OPEN TRAILS: Creamery Meadow, Ridge, Bluffs, Panorama, Spring, East Molera, Bobcat and Coyote Flat trails. NOTE: On June 17, 2019 the seasonal footbridge crossing the Big Sur River was installed for the season. Hikers wishing to access the beach, Creamery Meadow, Ridge, Bluffs, Panorama and Spring trails may do so without wading across the Big Sur River. The footbridge is expected to be removed in late October 2019.
More trail information at Andrew Molera

PFEIFFER BIG SUR State Park: CLOSED TRAILS: Pfeiffer Falls, Oak Grove and Pine Ridge. OPEN TRAILS: Gorge, Mount Manuel, Buzzard’s Roost, Valley View, Liewald Flats, Redwood Deck, Nature Trail, River Path and Warden’s Path.
More trail information at Pfeiffer Big Sur

JULIA PFEIFFER BURNS State Park: CLOSED TRAILS:JULIA PFEIFFER BURNS State Park: CLOSED TRAILS: Canyon, Ewoldsen and Waters. OPEN TRAILS: Partington Cove, Tan Bark, Tin House. The Waterfall Overlook Trail is damaged about 1/3 of a mile from the parking lot and closed beyond that point. McWay Falls can also be viewed from the pullout just north of the park entrance.
More trail information at Julia Pfeiffer Burns

CAMPGROUND CLOSURES: ANDREW MOLERA STATE PARK Trail Camp Closed until further notice. PFEIFFER BIG SUR Group Camp Closed and not available for reservation until further notice.

PINE RIDGE TRAIL and SYKES HOT SPRINGS are closed indefinitely. Call the USFS Monterey District office in King City (831) 385-5434 or visit their web page for more information regarding the Pine Ridge Trail and Sykes Hot Springs.

Transportation Demand Management Plan meeting

Dear Big Sur Community,

Caltrans will be holding a public meeting next Wednesday evening to get input on their Sustainable Transportation Demand Management Planning for the Big Sur coast.

Please see the meeting information below:

Wednesday, June 26th

North Corridor Public Meeting Event from 5:30 to 7:00

Rancho Canada Club – Wedgewood Meeting Center – Merienda Ballroom

(follow ‘Wedgewood’ signs)

4860 Carmel Valley Road

Carmel, CA  93923

What is TDM? 

Sustainable Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Strategies that encourage a shift from single occupant vehicle (SOV) trips to transit, biking, walking, or other forms of transportation; or shift trips out of peak periods. TDM seeks to reduce auto trips – and hopefully vehicle miles traveled – by offering a variety of transportation option tools and management strategies.

More information about this effort can be found here: https://www.sustainablehighway1.com/

Also, please note I have added the above link to my list of links to the right under Road Conditions.