PHOTO: Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks. Photo by klotz.
by Kimberly Rivers
Join the Conejo Open Space Trails Action Committee
Are you a trail user in the Conejo Valley area? Want to get involved in maintaining local trails and improving access for all trail users? Consider applying to the Conejo Open Space Trails Action Committee (COSTAC).
Four new committee members are needed beginning in May and ending in May 2025. The committee is expected to be comprised of a variety of trail users, including hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, naturalists, and the general public. Committee members need not be residents of the City of Thousand Oaks or the District.
COSTAC members are appointed by the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency (COSCA) and provide support for volunteer programs including Trail Work Day, Trail Ambassadors, Trail Watch, Adopt-A-Trail, as well as construction assistance and maintenance of open space trails. based on policies and trail standards adopted by COSCA, Conejo Recreation and Park District, or the City of Thousand Oaks.
The committee is made up of 11 members who serve a three-year term. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on March 11, 2022. Materials can be requested by calling 805-449-2151 or emailing City Clerk@toaks.org. Information and online applications at www.toaks.org/committees.
Volunteer with the Ventura Tree Alliance for Arbor Day
Help plant 2,000 trees in one day. The Ventura Tree Alliance is looking for volunteers to help plant 65 trees along the Ventura Bike Trail in West Park at the end of Harrison Way in Ventura on Arbor Day, Saturday, March 12. Volunteers must attend a community workshop before Arbor Day to learn about the trees that will be planted and the best planting method to ensure a long life. Other groups across the state will plant trees, for a total of 2,000 buried in the ground that day.
The Ventura Tree Alliance is a non-profit organization co-founded in 2021 by former Ventura City Council member Christy Weir and Barbara Brown, with the goal of improving the city’s tree canopy to both beautify the area and mitigate the effects of climate change. Weir and Brown are chairman and vice-chairman of the VTA board and are joined by Nancy O’Rode and Sharon Roberts.
The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, February 26, 8-11 a.m., in the Topping Room, EP Foster Library, 651 E. Main Street, Ventura. West Coast Arborists, the Ventura Tree Alliance and the City of Ventura are hosting the workshop, which will be followed by a walk through the Ventura Botanical Garden with a botanist guide.
Bring your gloves, hat, drinking water and shovel for Family Planting Day on Saturday, March 12 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Funding for the effort is provided by an Expanded Grant awarded by CalFire through the California Urban Forest Council to West Coast arborists. Amplification funds are intended to improve and diversify urban forests in disadvantaged and low-income communities
For those interested in volunteering, contact Cchristy@christyweir.com. To learn more, visit www.VenturaTreeAlliance.com.
Outdoor Survival Skills March 12
Author, forager, survivalist and ethnobotanist Christopher Nyerges will bring his vast knowledge and experience to Ventura County on March 12 for an outdoor survival skills course with Lanny Kaufer in Ojai.
Nyerges has authored more than two dozen books for FalconGuides® from Falcon Publishing, and was recently invited by the Chicago Review Press to edit the seventh edition of the definitive guide. Outdoor Survival Skills by Larry Dean Olsen, first published in 1976 In the foreword, Nyerges wrote that anyone teaching outdoor survival skills today draws a line with Olsen’s work. In addition to having written extensively on the subject and spending time in the field, Nyerges is currently a consultant for the Discovery Channel show Naked and Afraid.
Participants in the Outdoor Survival Skills course will learn several techniques for surviving in the wild, including identifying edible and medicinal plants, making rope and soap, learning the hand drill, the most basic method of ignition of fire and the principles of finding and purifying water. in dry areas.
Outdoor Survival Workshop, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 12. $85. Register by phone at 805-646-6281 or online at www.HerbWalks.com.