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July 2020 HerbWalks &
OjaiHerbal Newsletter
This is important! The U. S. Forest Service has extended the public comment period on this controversial project to August 14. Please click on the map or read the article below, educate yourself, and weigh in. These are OUR public lands. How should they be used?
When the July 25 date filled up, I added a second walk at Seaside Wilderness Park on Sunday, July 19. I am implementing a "new normal" for safe and healthful outdoor education, including limited attendance, temperature checks, facial coverings, and safe distancing. Click on the photo above to learn more and register if you would like to join us.
Herb Walks
Natural sand dune landscape at Seaside Wilderness Park. Photo: Lanny Kaufer
Second Herb Walk added at Seaside Wilderness Park in Ventura
Join me on Sunday, July 19, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to discover the variety of native plants that live in the interface between land and sea. 

We’ll walk through the woods on the River's Edge Trail to the Ventura Rivermouth and Estuary, identifying and learning about the plants with all of our senses. Then we’ll complete the loop on the Ocean’s Edge Trail in the sand dunes on the beach.

All along the way, we will be discussing and demonstrating uses of the plants of the Riparian Woodland, Coastal Sage Scrub, and Coastal Strand plant communities.

If you can't make this date, you can sign up for the waiting list for the July 25 walk at the same location. See link in the Herb Walks Events calendar in this newsletter.

Visit this link to learn more and sign up for Sunday, July 19.

Sunset in the Jeffrey Pines on Pine Mountain. Photo: Bryant Baker
Public comment period extended for logging proposal on Pine Mountain
Good news for the moment. The Forest Service has extended the period for the public to comment on its proposal to cut down trees and chaparral across 755 acres in the Reyes Peak area of Pine Mountain. The new deadline is August 14. The move follows a letter sent to Los Padres National Forest Supervisor Kevin Elliott by Congressman Salud Carbajal, who introduced legislation earlier this year that would protect portions of the project area under the Wilderness Act.

I urge you to go to this link to read the article on the Los Padres ForestWatch website and, if you feel as I do, join me in sending a letter requesting a full environmental assessment. Those of you, and there are many, who have visited Pine Mountain know what an extraordinary place it is. If you've never been there, click on this link to read about the Fall Equinox Nature Hike.

The OHS logo features elderflowers. cannabis, white sage, and ginseng root. Artwork by Jess Starwood
Ojai Herbal Symposium postponed until November 2021
After much deliberation and on hearing from Krotona Institute that our venue, the Great Hall, will remain closed for the rest of the year, we are postponing the 3rd Ojai Herbal Symposium until November 13-14, 2021. Please watch these newsletters or visit for details as they are released next year.
Click on the USFS logo above. Then click on Ojai Ranger District in the left sidebar for the latest info on trail openings, fire restrictions, and more.
Click on the photo to enlarge it for ID'ing the black-legged tick.
Tick-Borne Diseases

For those of us hitting the trails for safe, virus-free recreation these days, it’s important to remember that there are potential dangers in the great outdoors, too. Ticks rank at the top of the list once you cross off lions and tigers and bears, which really don’t want to mess with us if they don’t have to. Rattlesnakes don’t either; just stay out of their way. 

Ticks, on the other hand, are hunting for our blood. There are 4 species in California that transmit diseases, including the western black-legged tick, the one that carries Lyme disease. 

You can greatly reduce the chances of picking up a tick by staying in the middle of the trail, avoiding contact with brush, and not sitting on the ground. If you pick one up anyway, being able to recognize and remove it right away is the key to avoiding infection. 

Click on this link to read my blog post on ticks and see some useful charts and images.

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