An intense early morning rainstorm on Sunday, March 5th wasn’t enough to deter some hardcore volunteers from cleaning up trash near Gibraltar Rock, just north of Santa Barbara! ForestWatch sent a small team of volunteers to help UCSB Adventure Programs, the Santa Barbara Rock Gym, and the Los Padres National Forest Santa Barbara Ranger District remove trash along Gibraltar Road. The morning started out with heavy rain and wind, but the weather cleared up quickly once the cleanup began. A few hours and more than 30 tires later, the sun was shining and the views were beautiful.
This determined group of volunteers was able to remove a deep freezer, a couple of box springs, enough tires for nearly 8 cars, and several bags of recyclables in under three hours. The Santa Barbara Rock Gym brought ropes to help haul heavier trash up the steep hillside and the Santa Barbara Ranger District brought supplies and a truck to haul collected trash.
We had volunteers from UCSB, Patagonia, and Boy Scouts in Troop 737 who came up all the way from Thousand Oaks. A huge thanks goes out to these amazing volunteers for dedicating their Sunday morning to making the Los Padres National Forest that much cleaner — and for braving the cold and rain! Thanks to UCSB Adventure Programs, the Santa Barbara Rock Gym, and the Santa Barbara Ranger District for organizing this great cleanup!
Check our website or email Bryant to find out about future cleanups along Gibraltar Road and E. Camino Cielo Road.
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