C.R.E.W. workers stabilizing a trail in Los Padres National Forest

Preventing Erosion in the Fire’s Aftermath

Within weeks of the Thomas Fire, miles of burned and damaged trails were shored up across the Ojai Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest. This work, performed by The C.R.E.W. – Concerned Resource and Conservation Workers – in partnership with the Los Padres Forest Association, kept fire-scarred trails from further erosion as the later season rains hit.

Along key Ojai front-country trails, such as Pratt, Gridley, Rose Valley, Red Reef, Horn Canyon, and Cozy Dell, workers built erosion control features. These have helped to maintain natural drainage patterns and trail stability during the past winter’s rains. This work, funded by the US Forest Service’s Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER), helped to stabilize trails at extreme risk from the loss of vegetation and root systems that had previously held the soil in place.

Thanks to this “armoring” work, Ojai-area Los Padres National Forest trails remain passable as they wait for further repairs.

Pictured: C.R.E.W. workers stabilizing a trail in the Ojai Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest.