Fire Protection Projects

The C.R.E.W. provides weed and brush clearance and fire abatement projects on public and private properties. Recent projects have included:

  • Open space preserves for the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy
  • Ojai Valley Trail for Ventura County Parks Department
  • Weed abatement for the Ojai Valley Sanitary District
  • Brush clearance for Help of Ojai West Campus
  • Wildfire prevention in Matilija Canyon and at Thacher School campus for the Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council
  • Household fire clearance for low-income seniors and disabled citizens


Habitat Restoration 

The C.R.E.W. will be removing non native plants, and replanting riparian habitat along San Antonio Creek in Camp Comfort in 2018-2019 in partnership with the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, with support from the Southern California Wetlands Restoration Project and the Ojai Valley Garden Club. This project will plant approximately 400 native plants as well as 800 willow/mulefat cuttings and spread native seed and mulch to prevent erosion and enable the creek to withstand high sediment flows — im

proving this overrun corner of the Ojai Valley into a healthier place for humans and wildlife alike!

Also in 2018, The C.R.E.W. is partnering with the Ventura Land Trust and Emma Wood State Beach to improve the Ventura River Estuary by removing invasive species and cleaning up trails and improving the environment in an ecologically sensitive area. This project is made possible thanks to a generous grant from Patagonia.


Trail Maintenance and Spikeouts

The CREW continues to provide trail construction and repair services for agencies such as the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency, the U. S. Forest Service, and private trails. Back country work can require crews to hike or mule pack to the site and camp while working aka “spikeouts”.

During 2016 The CREW  held a three-week long spikeout at the Los Padres National Forest Potholes Trail for the U.S. Forest Service. We are fortunate to have Mike Vaughan, world-class trail expert, as our Foreman.