Trail work has been at the core of The CREW since 1991. Each year we perform maintenance on sections of public and private trails throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
2018 – After the Thomas Fire, CREW teams performed urgent work to support burn areas and prevent trails from becoming washed out under rain and mudflows.
Our fire prevention work takes place primarily April – July each year, and focuses on weed abatement and defensible space around homes.
Notable past projects include the creation of over 40 miles of fuel break on the notorious Ojai Fuel Bed, as well as another 7 miles of above Frazier Park and Pine Mountain Club.
HABITAT RESTORATION PROJECTS
The C.R.E.W. takes great pride in its role in habitat restoration projects, which contribute to the vitality of our wildlife and human communities:
• 2018-2020: Riparian restoration along San Antonio Creek at Camp Comfort (Ojai).
• Piedra Blanca Creek Steelhead Habitat Project – Working with the Department of Fish and Game, Wetland Restoration Program, US Forest Service, California Native Plant Society, and For the Sake of the Salmon, the C.R.E.W. completed siltation and erosion control on 9.5 miles of habitat, revegetated over 100,000 sq. feet and removed invasive vegetation from five acres.
• Millennium Tree Project – With the City of Ojai, the C.R.E.W. planted 250 in the city of Ojai.
• Ventura River Project – Alongside the California Native Plant Society, US Forest Service, and Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, the C.R.E.W. refurbished 14.5 miles of trail, built two river crossings, and installed signage at multiple sites.
• Sespe Aquatic Ecosystem Reconstruction Project – Working with the US Forest Service, the C.R.E.W. completed siltation and erosion control and non-native plant removal at 19.5 miles of Sespe Creek.
• North Fork Matilija Creek Project – Working with the US Forest Service, CalTrans, and Department of Fish and Game, the C.R.E.W. cleaned debris for 7 miles of Steelhead spawning ground and removed over 12,000 full-grown Spanish Broom plants.
• Ojai Valley Green Coalition volunteers and the C.R.E.W. have worked together for many years to maintain non-native plant removal in Libbey Park Creeks.
• The City of Ojai – The C.R.E.W. has also been working since 2010 as part of the city’s Libbey Bowl creek mitigation program.
• Libbey Park West Barranca Restoration Project- The C.R.E.W. removed 20, 2-ton truck loads of non-native plants consisting mainly of Himalayan Blackberry and Vinca. Restoration with plants native begun with the planting of 55 willows and another 20 mulefat bushes. This project enabled the creek in the area to increase its water volume and flow. Removal of the blackberry actually uncovered a creek which subsequently regained its natural course and is running more freely.
• The Lower Ventura River Habitat Restoration Project – in collaboration with the Ventura Land Trust, the Lower Ventura River Parkway Plan involved non-native vegetation eradication and habitat restoration. This work was part of larger effort to restore a greenbelt and trail network connecting Westside Ventura with public parks and open space along the lower six miles of the Ventura River.