Conservation Update January 2017

Oak Ordinance

CNPS has met with SLO County Planning staff and with U.C. Extension in regard to developing a permanent oak ordinance. We have argued for total protection of valley oak, and for a concentration in controlling oak clearances for alternative agricultural land uses among other things. The language of the preliminary oak ordinance posted on the county web site has been withdrawn by staff and we have not seen an updated version yet. Whatever staff develops, it will be before the Planning Commission on February 23rd. Please aim on being there as the new Board of Supervisors and their Commission appointments may be more hostile to any protections whatsoever.

BLM New Regulations on Oil Extraction

BLM has come up with new regulations that facilitate oil drilling on their lands, but I am happy to say the SLO County is not included.

Trailheads

Los Padres National Forest has raised its fees at trailheads and campgrounds, ceding management to a private for-profit company. Los Padres Watch has listed the new fee structure on their website.

– David Chipping (dchippin@calpoly.edu)