Los Padres plans to reintroduce fire as a means of forest management; public comments welcome | local news

Los Padres National Forest officials are proposing a plan that would transform the forest’s ecology and reintroduce fire as a method of forest management, and the public is invited to comment on the scope of the environmental assessment.

The Los Padres National Forest ecological restoration project, proposed for four of the forest’s five ranger districts, would “restore fire-adapted ecosystems, reduce fuel consumption and reintroduce fire to the landscape through mandated burning,” a forest spokesman said.

Officials said the project, which will implement the land management plan, would take place on 235,495 acres of land managed by Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Ventura, Kern and Monterey counties.

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