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Equally entertaining and enlightening, Dr. Jim Adams of USC School of Pharmacy (shown here on a previous hike in Ojai) will join us again on Saturday, February 11, for a new event, our first Winter Medicinal Plant Workshop. Read more about it below.
January 2017 Newsletter
Lanny sampling wild spring greens on a previous Herb Walk.
Coming Events!!
Dr. Adams will bring the latest Revised Third Edition of Healing with Medicinal Plants for sale and signing.
Exploring local plant remedies for the winter
Please join me and special guest Professor James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy on Saturday, February 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m for a one-day Winter Medicinal Plant Workshop focused on how to treat colds and flus and stay healthy in the winter.

The morning plant identification session will take place on the trail at the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy's
Ojai Meadows Preserve where Dr. Adams and I will identify and discuss the medicinal uses of a wide variety of native plants found in that mixed habitat. The afternoon hands-on preparation session will be held at a community kitchen in Ojai.

Read more and register here.
The holidays are over but birthdays happen all year.
Creative gifting
Are you looking for a birthday gift for that special people in your life who would appreciate an Herb Walk or Nature Hike? With one of my Gift Certificates, there's a very good chance you won't have to worry that someone else already bought the same present.

Visit this page to learn more and order one today.
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We can safely expect views like this on February 20.
A Monday Nature Hike in February
Monday holiday hikes were popular last year so I'm offeriing them again. Please join me for a nature hike and foraging expedition on West Sulphur Mountain Trail in the Casitas Springs area between Ventura and Ojai. We will identify wild native and naturalized plants in riparian, oak woodland, and coastal sage scrub habitats and demonstrate and discuss their indigenous and modern uses for food, medicine, crafts, landscaping and more.

There will also be opportunities to sample edible wild greens, learn about ethical foraging, and, hopefully, see signs of the animals that inhabit the area.

Read more and register here.
The latest addtiion to the bookstore is one I know you will want in your library and backpack.
California Foraging is now in the Herb Walks Bookstore
Forgive me if I sound like a broken record. I know Ifeatured this new acquisition in the last newsletter but I want to make sure all my readers are aware of it.

I'm so excited to share it with you that I'm still offering a 10%-off coupon to my readers for this title and anything else that goes with it in your shopping cart! The coupon is good from now until February 10, the day before my next event. Please consider purchasing it from my website so that I can continue to offer these handpicked selections.

This 2014 publication is extremely well-organized and full of accurate, up-to-date information including:
  • An A to Z guide for foraging year-round
  • Detailed descriptions for safe identification
  • Suggestions for sustainable harvesting and wild food gardens
  • Tips on preparation and use

Over 120 plants are illustrated with 200 color plates. I consider Judith Larner Lowry's book a must-have for every forager's basic library.

Read more and buy it here.

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Read the column below before heading into the Los Padres.
Local Forest Service news
Here's the latest news
from the Ojai Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest, courtesy of Wilderness/Trails Manager Heidi Anderson.

Update on Heidi
It will be the Fremont-Winema National Forest's gain and Los Padres' loss when Heidi Anderson accepts a promotion and moves to Klamath Falls, OR the first week of February. Congratulations are in order, Heidi, but you will be missed.

Road Closures

The following USFS roads are now closed for the winter:

  • Dough Flat (at Tar Creek)
  • Nordhoff Ridge
  • Cherry Creek
  • Reyes Peak (AKA Pine Mtn)

The status of Highway 33 will be changing with the weather and snow levels for the next few months.

Adventure Pass Update:
Due to the lack of available 2017 annual Adventure Passes, forest visitors using standard amenity recreation fee sites within the Los Padres, Angeles, San Bernardino and Cleveland National Forests can display their expired 2016 annual passes until February 28. The 2017 annual Adventure Pass will be available for purchase beginning March 1.

Individuals not in possession of an expired 2016 annual pass can purchase a daily pass for $5. Visitors without a pass could be issued a citation by patrol officers.

Backcountry water report - January 8. Click on the image

As some of you know, I wear two hats this time of year.
Sharing my Civil Rights Movement history
I realize there's no obvious connection to the Herb Walks that have drawn you to this newsletter but I would doing myself a disservice if I didn't alert you to a weekly class I will be teaching in Ojai for 4 weeks beginning Friday, January 27, based on my experience volunteering in the South for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1965. If this sounds interesting, please visit this page right away as registration is closing any day now.
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