Carbajal to Lead Community Hike and Announce Protections for Central Coast Public Lands
Santa Barbara, March 28, 2019
Tags: Environment and Energy
Saturday, April 6th, Rep. Carbajal will lead a community hike in the Los Padres National Forest to discuss the introduction of the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act, his legislation to expand wilderness protections on the Central Coast.
“With this Administration taking action to open up public lands and national monuments on the Central Coast to oil and gas drilling, it is more important than ever that we act to permanently protect our open spaces that provide invaluable local watersheds and recreational outdoor activities,” said Carbajal. “I hope to see members of the community on our hike next weekend to take advantage of the phenomenal beauty in our own backyard!”
Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24) will introduce the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act to designate nearly 250,000 acres of public land in the Los Padres National Forest and Carrizo Plain National Monument as wilderness. The wilderness designation is the highest form of protection the government can give to a public land. It prohibits roads, vehicles or permanent structures, as well as logging and mining. The legislation also establishes a 400-mile long Condor National Recreation trail, stretching from Los Angeles to Monterey County.
The hike is about 2 miles roundtrip and will involve a 200 ft elevation gain– so this may not be for everyone. Please judge your ability accordingly, and if you come, wear sturdy walking shoes and bring: a water bottle, a hat, sunblock, and sunglasses. You are welcome to join us at the start of the hike for a short discussion about the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act without participating in the hike.
Please carpool as parking is limited; park your car here. Dogs should be kept on leash at all times.
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