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Thursday, November 8, 2012
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Despite being one of the older campgrounds in the Los Padres National Forest, the small Cachuma Camp on Happy Canyon Road had its picnic tables and fire rings unceremoniously removed earlier this year after a Forest Service survey determined that the forest did not actually own most of the land. “While the forest boundary goes right through the property, the rest of the campground actually belongs to the Santa Barbara Unified School District…so we pulled out our infrastructure,” said Pancho Smith, head ranger of the forest’s Santa Barbara District, explaining that it is still open legally as an undeveloped campground. “Our intention is to meet with the Santa Barbara Unified School District and determine how we are jointly going to manage that piece of property.”

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This is really too bad, it's a great spot with 3 different sites. It's rather fishy that just now the Forest Service figured out they didn't own it... Here's hoping SB Unified and the Forest Service negotiate this and bring back Cachuma Camp.
Thanks Matt for this bit of information.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
November 9, 2012 at 11:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Just maybe they could have talked with SBU BEFORE spending the time and tax money to remove a public resource?

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
November 9, 2012 at 12:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This makes sense only if you consider:
1) nobody was complaining
2) no threat of litigation was pending
3) management makes all decisions

Now many of us work with managers who invent things to prove they are needed.
That's the only rationale explanation.
Probably a retreat will be needed to Hawaii to iron out the details, which will result in everything being put back. Pats on the back will be needed at a dedication ceremony.
I'll save my post for when that occurs, and sue the management on behalf of the tax payers.
Rodney King is dead, God rest his sole (and I don't believe in God), but "can't we all get along", save some money, and make people you represent happier.
I liked Rodney for his attitude.

khiggler (anonymous profile)
November 11, 2012 at 11:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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