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White Sage and rust-colored California Buckwheat, as seen here on the Ventura River Preserve, provide fall colors as we wind down the 40th anniversary year of Herb Walks.
October-November 2016 Newsletter
Cluff Vista Park features interpretiive signs and sweeping views
Coming Events !!
Dr. Adams discussing the important Chumash healing plant we know as White Sage. Photo: Angela Kirwin
Fall Medicinal Plant Weekend
On Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23, we will offer a second Medicinal Plant Weekend with Dr. James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy, this one focused on the plants of the Fall season such as Yerba Santa, Hollyleaf Cherry, Valley Oak acorns, and California Buckwheat. On Saturday, we'll go on an ethnobotanical expedition to Rose Valley followed on Sunday by a medicinal plant walk and kitchen preparation session in Ojai.

Jim will have copies of the newly revised 3rd edition of Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West for sale and signing.

Read more and register at this link.

The late Tomas Bostrom, widely loved and respected landscape designer of Cluff Vista Park
Benefit Plant Walk to Honor Tomas Bostrom

Renowned Ojai landscape architect Tomas Bostrom succumbed to cancer on August 18, leaving behind a lasting legacy including Cluff Vista Park, the reforestation of the valley by the group he founded, Ojai Trees, and many other landscape designs around the valley.

Please join me and special guests Jessica Thompson of Green Goddess Gardens and Renee Roth of RainScape Designs for a Drought Tolerant Native Plant Walk in his honor on Saturday, November 5, from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Cluff Vista Park in downtown Ojai.

All proceeds will go toward any outstanding medical and memorial expenses.

Read more and register here.

Hollister Family Meadow at Arroyo Hondo Preserve
Navigating Wilderness
I'll be joining hiking instructor and writer James Wapotich on October 29 at Arroyo Hondo Preserve for the second of four Saturday classes in his Navigating Wilderness series. You must sign up for the whole course to attend my day. As fate would have it, two of the dates in the series coincide with events I'm leading in Ojai but I'm sharing the series with you anyway. See the brochure here. Zoom in for readability.
Reyes Peak Campground is one of three on the Ojai District to be affected by the new permit
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:

Los Padres to Issue New Special Use Permit to Concessionnaire for Management of Forest Recreation Sites, including Campsites on the Ojai Ranger District

Backcountry water report - October 15. Click on the image:

Level IV fire restrictions went into effect on August 23

Rondia and friends enjoying a lunch break in the pines. Photo: Chris Kudelka
Photos from Pine Mountain Nature Hike
The weather was perfect. the forest peaceful, and the group simpatico on the Fall Equinox Nature Hike on Pine Mountain. Thank you to those who sent photos! Chris Kudelka put his in a Google album which makes it easy to share:
Fall Equinox Nature Hike on Pine Mountain by Chris Kudelka
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