Talk of Closing the forest because of car-campers

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Re: Talk of Closing the forest because of car-campers

by mikesplain » Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:30 pm

Expect to see all of the south coast backroads (Cone Peak, South Coast Ridge, Willow Creek/Los Burros, & Plaskett Ridge roads) closed to the public in the next day or 2. The closure order may last as long as October. This is unfortunate, but likely due to certain individual's insistence on gathering in large groups & (especially) building campfires in the dead of fire season. At least the Monterey Ranger District will still be open for foot traffic for the time being. PLEASE DO NOT BUILD CAMPFIRES & convince fellow hikers not to build them if you can. Also, consider dismantling fire rings that others have built (being careful to ensure that they are dead out & cold to the touch) & scattering stockpiles of firewood. As I see it, we can either self-police now, or accept that locked gates & seasonal closures will become the new normal.

Re: Talk of Closing the forest because of car-campers

by gfelsman » Sat Aug 01, 2020 11:19 am

Here is a link to the minutes from the meeting July 29th.

https://bigsurkate.blog/2020/07/31/covi ... ng-report/

Re: Talk of Closing the forest because of car-campers

by gonehiking guest » Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:37 am

they closed an area in southern los padres called the punchbowls after it was mobbed and trashed...

https://time.com/5869788/national-parks ... 6f7ppLngxM

Re: Talk of Closing the forest because of car-campers

by gfelsman » Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:59 am

It makes no sense to close the entire Monterey District Forest. If they do anything they should limit dispersed camping again. Hunting season starts August 8th from what I recall. Closing the trails makes no sense in my mind.

When they closed the entire forest last time enforcement was very limited at best.

Talk of Closing the forest because of car-campers

by Alladin » Fri Jul 31, 2020 1:17 pm

What is wrong with just closing the car-camping? In the meeting notes there is a lot of talk of car-campers starting fires, and there is no evidence related to backpackers. Why must they ask for closing the entire national forest? How does closing Tassajara road, or closing any trail help this? Even if you did have evidence (currently there is non) of backpackers starting campfires, couldn't you just ban backpacking and let dayhikers continue to use the forest?


From Big Sur "Covid-19 community response meeting notes" july 29,2020

CERT Leader Martha Karstens suggested that the LPNF close the Monterey District due to fire danger. BSF Chief Harris agreed that closing the Forest was a good short term solution to the problem of inability to enforce the fire restrictions.

CERT=(big sur) Community Emergency Response Team

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