Since 1991, the C.R.E.W. and the Los Padres National Forest have had a successful partnership providing employment opportunities for “at risk” young people, ages 14- 24, while completing necessary project work for the Forest. Since 1999, the C.R.E.W. has employed and trained more than 2,000 young people from Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
Currently The Los Padres National Forest has an ongoing backlog of trail maintenance needs that it cannot address with its own staff or off-Forest Force Account crews. The C.R.E.W. will help to address those needs by performing Level 1 and 2 Trail Maintenance on Forest trails impacted by the 2017 Thomas Fire such as brushing and logging out; clearing and grubbing; removing slide and slough material; and clearing debris from water bars . Constructing and repairing drainage structures; repairing shallow creek fords and rock retaining walls; shaping trail tread, trail bed repair, and filling gullies and rills in the trail bed.
All of these are non-motorized trails with significant portions in designated wilderness. The focus will generally be on the 13.7 miles of mid-slope trail in areas of moderate to high soil burn severity, as shown in the table below.