Los Padres seeks public comment on Ecological Restoration Project

Los Padres National Forest seeks

comments on Ecological Restoration Project

SOLVANG, Calif.— Forest officials today encouraged interested members of the public to comment on the scope of the Los Padres National Forest (LPNF) Ecological Restoration Project, which is being proposed on four of the five LPNF Ranger Districts. The purpose of this project is to restore fire-adapted ecosystems, reduce fuels, and reintroduce fire on the landscape by prescribed burning on approximately 235,495 acres of land administered by the LPNF within Kern, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties.

This solicitation for public comment helps serve the purpose of “scoping” under the Council of Environmental Quality’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. It is our intention to analyze the proposed action with an Environmental Assessment. Pursuant to 36 CFR 218.7(a)(2), this proposed project implements the Los Padres National Forest Land Management Plan and is subject to the pre-decisional objection process in §218 subparts A and B.

The Forest Service is requesting all comments be submitted by August 28, 2022. Written comments may be submitted electronically at https://cara.fs2c.usda.gov/Public//CommentInput?Project=62369. Written comments can also be addressed to Los Padres National Forest Supervisor’s Office, Attention: Kyle Kinports, 1980 Old Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463. Please state the project name, “LPNF Ecological Restoration Project” on the envelope and your letter when providing comments.

Information about the LPNF Ecological Restoration Project will be available at two virtual meetings:

The purpose and need, proposed action, and maps, as well as other information, are available on the project webpage at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=62369.

Highway One closure, yesterday

On the way to town for Rock Knocker’s birthday. We were going to have lunch at the River Inn, but we couldn’t get there. It was lunch time, we were hungry, but we … and hundreds of others on the road…were trying to find cell service and something to eat. It was a zoo. Car vs. Pole. We ended up at Nepenthe which was lovely. I haven’t been since the pandemic…too peopley for me. Had a great lunch, then tried to get through again, and it was open, even though we had been told 5 hours.

by Kate Novoa
By Barbara Ray
By Barbara Ray

Coastland Retaining Wall Project

Date:Monday, July 25, 2022 
District:05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact:Kevin Drabinski or Alexa Bertola
Phone:(805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HIGHWAY 1 RETAINING WALL PROJECT TO START JULY 26

WITH 24/7 SIGNALIZED TRAFFIC CONTROL 

MONTEREY COUNTY – A construction project on Highway 1 on the Big Sur Coast to build a retaining wall and enhance drainage infrastructure will begin Tuesday, July 26.

The project location is on Highway 1 at PM 44.5 at a location known as Coastlands. It is approximately one mile north of the Henry Miller Library and .8 miles south of the Big Sur Post Office.

Winter storms in the first quarter of 2019 caused a slip out below the southbound lanes of travel after which an emergency project secured the hillside. These repairs below the roadway, along with K-Rail placed on the southbound shoulder, have permitted the road to remain open until a permanent repair could be made. 

The current project involves construction of a soldier pile retaining wall, installation of guardrail, and additional enhancements to drainage infrastructure and landscaping, which will permanently restore the site.

Starting on July 26, travelers will encounter 24/7 one-way traffic control as temporary signals will be activated at each end of the project parameters. Travelers can expect delays of up to 10 minutes.

Travelers will encounter reduced speed limits in the area in addition to the 24/7 signalized one-way traffic control beginning Tuesday, July 26.

Travelers can expect delays of up to 10 minutes.

Message and directional signs will alert motorists in advance of the construction area.

Travelers are reminded to be work zone alert and give themselves extra time for their commute along this beauteous corridor.

The contractor for this $1.5 million project is FEC Future Contractors and Engineers Inc. of Irvine, CA. This project is scheduled to conclude in February 2023.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when 

driving through highway work zones.

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey County, travelers may contact Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5

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Alexa Bertola

Public Information Officer 

Fire at McWay Falls

8:30 am — looks like our local fire brigade has it well in hand. Thanks Matt and Joel. Great job! (Videos by Brendon Shave)

On chp, it indicated the phone of the RP ”pinged” near Partington, but from the video, one can clearly see it it as McWay Falls

Incident:

 00056 Type:

 Report of Fire Location:

 Sr1 / Partington Ridge Rd Loc Desc:

 JSO Lat/Lon:

 36.184240 -121.701360 

Detail Information
7:05 AM8[38] FIRE STILL ON THE WEST SIDE OF HWY , WILL ASTNCE FROM CALTRANS WILL TRY TO KEEP ONE LN OPEN , PER 27-12
6:30 AM7[28] [Notification] [CHP]-PER MTYCOM FIRE HAS SB LN BLOCKED // 1 ACRE SLOW SPREAD DOWN HILL // [Shared]
6:11 AM6[27] 1039 OIC W/ INFO
6:02 AM5[21] [Appended, 06:03:18] [2] SHOULDER ON FIRE BRUSH FIRE
5:58 AM4[16] [Appended, 05:58:38] [10] CB/// XRAY REPORTING FIRE KEEPS LOSING CONNECTION
5:56 AM3[4] RP SEES FLAMES AND SMOKE
5:56 AM2[3] VEGETATION FIRE
5:56 AM1[2] RP PINGING JSO PARTINGTON RIDGE RD