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The "Punchbowl," our May 13 destination, is a premier local swimming hole and it's full of water again after years of drought. See article below. Photo: Heidi Anderson, USFS.
May 2017 Newsletter
Lanny teaching on the trail at one of two recent sold-out Herb Walks at a private Ojai ranch. Photo: Michio Shimoda
Coming Events!!
Hikers entering Potrero John Canyon under deep blue skies. Photo: Jill Forman
Nature Hike to Potrero John Campround

This Saturday, May 6, we'll go deep into the Sespe Wilderness of the Los Padres National Forest on Potrero John Creek, 20 miles north of Ojai. We'll cover 1.7 miles each way on a mostly level trail with very gradual elevation gain through chaparral and riparian settings, beginning at 3700 feet.

This hike is presented under a Special Use Permit from the Ojai Ranger District Office of the U.S. Forest Service designed for guides who provide recreational and interpretive services to the public.

To learn more and sign up, click here.

On the trail at La Casa De Maria Retreat Center in Montecito
Health Classic Walk and Talk in Montecito
I have been honored with an invitation to present at the esteemed 25th Annual Health Classic held from June 1-4 at the beautiful La Casa De Maria Retreat Center in the Montecito area of Santa Barbara.

My class will take place on Saturday, June 3, from 11:30 1:30 p.m. and will consist of an Herb Walk on the neighboring San Ysidro Trail followed by a slideshow talk about the edible and medicinal plants to be found in the Santa Barbara foothills and mountains.

A gourmet vegetarian lunch is available for an addtional $12. SPECIAL OFFER: Lunch will be included free of charge for the first 5 people to register for my class.

Read more and sign up here.
CFROG Benefit Nature Hike

Santa Paula Canyon in the Los Padres National Forest is home to the Punchbowl, one of the finest swimming holes in Southern California and a local scenic wonder. The canyon is home to a large community of riparian and chaparral plants and wildlife native to this region. And it’s also home to an oil drilling operation.

For many years, the County of Ventura and the U.S. Forest Service have tried to find a balance between the rights of the drilling company and the needs of citizens who wish to enjoy the canyon and its waters.

Enter CFROG, Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas, whose mission, as their name implies, is to make sure that oil and gas activities in Ventura County are only allowed when the environment and public health are protected.

Read more here about how you can enjoy this rewarding hike and contribute to CFROG's work at the same time. 50% of the proceeds will benefit CFROG.

King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas is home to the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center. Photo: Lanny Kaufer
Wildflower Slideshow Talk and Walk in Santa Monica Mountains
The Santa Monica Mountains are a great wildflower garden for Southern California. Join me for a slideshow and short hike at King Gillette Ranch to learn about some of the most important and useful flowering plants as described in Milt McAuley’s Wildflowers of the Santa Monica Mountains.

The book will be available to purchase in the Visitor Center bookstore. Free program, free parking. Limited participation so reservations are required. Email or call 805-370-2302.
Jim Adams displaying his handmade traditional Chumash ceremonial skirt. Photo: Lanny Kaufer
Summer Medicinal Plant Workshop
Dr. James Adams, USC pharmacology professor and healer for the San Fernando Valley Chumash, returns on Saturday, June 17, for another seasonal workshop. These regularly sell out so make your reservation now at this link.
Santa Barbara Public Library Slideshow Talk
I’m excited to be presenting on the local edible and medicinal plants found on the trails around Santa Barbara. It’s free and open to the public. So come on down! More info here.
Los Padres Forest Watch
Since the departure of Heidi Anderson from the Ojai District office of the Los Padres National Forest and the resulting lack of updates from the U. S. Forest Service, I've decided to use this column to feature local organizations dedicated to protecting and preserving our wild lands and native plants and educating the public about them. This month I'll introduce you to Los Padres Forest Watch.

To use their own words: "
Los Padres ForestWatch is the only local nonprofit organization protecting wildlife, wilderness, and clean water throughout the Los Padres National Forest, the Carrizo Plain National Monument, and other public lands along California's central coast for the benefit of our communities and future generations."

Their latest May newsletter includes articles on the possible loss of National Monument status for the Carrizo Plain, efforts to restore endangered steelhead to the Siquoc River, a new private gate blocking public access to Sisar Canyon in Ojai, and an invitation to their 10th Annual Ojai Wild! fundraiser on June 4.

Either of the links above will take you to their website where you can join the group and receive their newsletter.
El Nido Meadow sits on a saddle between Wills and Rice Canyons in the OVLC's Ventura River Preserve.
Memorial Day Nature Hike to El Nido Meadow
Join me for this 5-mile Nature Hike to the El Nido Meadow where we will visit several different plant habitats including riparian, chaparral and oak woodland.

After rock-hopping across the Ventura River, we’ll take the gradually elevating Rice Canyon Trail up to the Meadow where we’ll break for lunch and take a moment to honor the meaning of the holiday. We’ll return by way of the Wills Canyon Trail, making a loop.

Along the way we’ll discuss and demonstrate sustainable foraging and identify edible, medicinal, and otherwise useful plants.

Read more and register here.
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Photo: Peter Green
Photos from the April 30 Herb Walk at the private botanic garden and nature preserve
Peter Green got some great shots of the April 30 Herb Walk and was kind enough to post them here for all to see.
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