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June 2020 HerbWalks &
OjaiHerbal Newsletter
Stop the presses! This just in from Los Padres Forest Watch! The Forest Service recently announced plans to cut down old-growth forest and chaparral across 755 acres on Pine Mountain Ridge, the same area where I'm leading a Summer Solstice Nature Hike on Sunday, June 20. Please read the article below or click on the photo to learn more.
All of the few limited spaces are already claimed for Jim Adams' Medicinal Plant Workshop on June 27 but don't let that deter you from registering for the waiting list and first dibs on a space at the Fall Medicinal Plant Workshop to be scheduled soon. Read the newsletter article below for info or just click on the photo.
Herb Walks Events
FULL: Saturday, June 20: Summer Solstice Nature Hike on Pine Mountain

FULL: Saturday, June 27: Summer Medicinal Plant Workshop with Professor James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy

Saturday, July 25: Seaside Wilderness Park Herb Walk

September 26: Fall Equinox Nature Hike on Pine Mountain

Saturday-Sunday, November 14-15:
3rd Annual Ojai Herbal Symposium

Mature Jeffrey pines slated for removal under proposed plan. Photo: Bryant Baker
Logging proposed on Pine Mountain!
While everyone's attention has been on the pandemic and demonstrations in the streets, the Trump administration is fast-tracking a plan to clear habitat on Pine Mountain, habitat that's already part of a proposed new wilderness area! If I sound upset, it's because I am very upset! The project would allow the logging of centuries-old trees, up to five feet in diameter, and the clearance of rare old-growth chaparral along six miles of Pine Mountain ridge stretching from Highway 33 to Reyes Peak.

This is my favorite place in all of the Los Padres and I lead hikes there at least twice a year. Please visit this link to read the article, sign up for a webinar on Wednesday, June 17, and join me in sending a letter during the fast-tracked short public comment period ending June 30. The Lorax thanks you.
Summer Medicinal Plant Workshop with Jim Adams
PLEASE NOTE: This event is full and we've started a waiting list in case of cancellations. Those on the waiting list will be the first to be notified when a fall workshop is scheduled.
Please join me and Professor Emeritus James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy for a Summer Medicinal Plant Workshop on Saturday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This workshop is based on Chumash teachings and Dr. Adams' ground-breaking research on local native plants. Special guest Enrique Villaseñor will share the history and uses of Prickly-Pear cactus ( Opuntia).

Learn more and sign up at this link.


Dr. Adams' book,  Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West, is available at this link.

Lanny pointing out the differences between the closely related Poodle-Dog Bush on the left and Yerba Santa on the right. Click on the photo to enlarge it.
Poodle-Dog Bush can bite!
Poodle-Dog Bush is a fire-follower that has made a bold return to our backcountry since the December 2017 fires. It's the same genus, Eriodictyon, as Yerba Santa and looks a lot like it. Contact can produce a severe rash or worse. Here's an article about it.
Seaside Wilderness Park Herb
Join me on Saturday, July 25, 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. Feel the sea breeze far from the inland heat.

We’ll walk through the woods 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.

Visit this link to learn more and sign up.
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.
Please visit and "like" the 
HerbWalks Facebook page
and follow me on Instagram at ojaiherbal. Thank you! 
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