1 million for Garrapata State Beach

September 29, 2021

State Budget Includes $1 Million for Garrapata State Park

SACRAMENTO, CA – Governor Newsom recently signed budget trailer bill AB 170 that includes $1 million for existing Garrapata State Park trails. 

Garrapata State Park is situated on the northern end of the Big Sur coast and features seven miles of scenic rocky shoreline, coves, and the sandy expanse of Garrapata Beach. The park extends along four miles of State Coast Highway 1, encompassing a total of 2,902 acres.

“My request for funding in this year’s budget for Garrapata State Park will improve the park trail system for visitors, restore sensitive habitats, and protect archaeological sites,” noted Laird. “I thank Governor Newsom and my colleagues for their collaboration on this historic budget for Senate District 17 and the California coast.”

The funds will be directed toward the Coastal Habitat Restoration and Trail Improvement Management Plan published by the California Department of Parks and Recreation to address outstanding rehabilitation and restoration projects along the coastal bluffs and shoreline of the west side of Highway 1. Funds will be administered by the State Coastal Conservancy through grants to State Parks who will take the lead in implementing projects.

“Garrapata State Park is one of the most scenic and frequently trafficked regions of our beautiful state. The projects funded by this year’s budget will ensure Californians and visitors from across the world can continue to enjoy the beauty and recreational opportunities it offers,” said Laird. “I eagerly await the successful rehabilitation of existing trails that show signs of accelerated erosion, in addition to habitat restoration for the Smith’s Blue Butterfly and the California Red-legged Frogs.”

Further details regarding the distribution of the funds will be released in the coming months.


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Harvest Moon

Byr Brendon Shave

It is fitting that September’s moon is called the Full Harvest Moon.  This full moon rises soon after sunset.  Imagine the days before electricity and you will realize how important that was.  It provided much-needed light for the farmer to harvest his crops.

Harvest Moon is the name given to the full moon closest to the fall equinox.  This usually happens in September but can even occur in October.  What is an equinox anyway?   It is when the sun sits directly above the equator and gives us an equal amount of daylight and darkness.  It happens twice a year–once in spring, once in the fall.  The word equinox comes from the Latin words for equal and night.  During that time we have 12 hours each, equal amounts of day and night.  The fall equinox is September 22 this year.

Los Padres Forest closure extended to the 22nd of Sept.

Release Date: Sep 14, 2021

Public Inquiries:
List of Forest Contacts: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r5/about-region/offices
Regional Hotline: 707-562-9113
Media Contact: SM.FS.MediaDeskR5@usda.gov
PDF of this News Release
PDF of Termination of Regional Order No. 21-07

VALLEJO, Calif., — Sept. 14, 2021. The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region will end the regional closure order affecting National Forests in California at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 15, two days prior to the original end date of Sept. 17. However, forest-wide closures will remain in place and be extended until midnight on September 22nd on the Los Padres, Angeles, San Bernardino, and Cleveland National Forests in Southern California due to local weather and fire factors, as well as a temporary strain on firefighting resources supporting large fires in other areas of the state.

In addition to the four National Forests that will remain closed in Southern California, some National Forest System lands throughout the state will be closed under local closure orders in areas of ongoing wildfires to ensure public safety. This includes the Eldorado National Forest in Northern California, which has a forest closure order until Sept. 30. Fire restrictions also remain in place across all National Forests in California to prevent new fire starts. Please refer to the local National Forest that you plan to visit to obtain specific information on closures and restrictions.