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Re: Local Youth Celebrate Wilderness with New Trailhead Kios

Postby mikesplain on Tue Mar 17, 2015 11:37 am

Here are some images of the kiosk installation at Big Sur Station.
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Local Youth Celebrate Wilderness with New Trailhead Kiosk

Postby VWA Admin on Thu Feb 19, 2015 1:57 pm

For Immediate News Release
February 19, 2015
Contact: Richard Popchak 831-423-3191 /

Local Youth Celebrate Wilderness with New Trailhead Kiosk in Big Sur

Every year, thousands of hikers depart on the Pine Ridge Trail from Big Sur Station bound for Sykes Hot Springs, deep in the Ventana Wilderness of Los Padres National Forest. For many, it’s their first backpacking trip. With little understanding of the challenges of Wilderness travel, under-prepared visitors litter the camps with trash, toilet paper and abandoned gear. Others face difficulties with navigation, or haven’t learned the appropriate fire safety and sanitation behaviors.

Thanks to a grant from the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and supplies donated by Big Creek Lumber, the local non-profit Ventana Wilderness Alliance (VWA) is getting these first-time visitors the information they need to tread lightly on the land. In partnership with the US Forest Service and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, the VWA has constructed a trailhead kiosk designed to teach visitors to enjoy the Wilderness without loving it to death. On March 7th, in partnership with the Monterey Ranger District of the US Forest Service, the VWA’s Youth in Wilderness program will guide students from Rancho Cielo Youth Campus as they complete installation of the new kiosk while learning ways we can all protect our precious wild heritage.

Central to the kiosk design is a sign featuring a map of the northern Ventana Wilderness and Big Sur coast, highlighting access roads, trails, camps and streams. An adjacent panel details the seven Leave No Trace principles and celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which safeguards 270,000 acres of the Big Sur backcountry and was signed into law on September 3rd, 1964.

To learn more, visit the Ventana Wilderness Alliance at www.ventanawild.org or call 831-423-3191.
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