From the President
Michael S. Williams
The new year is here and it brings welcome rain with it. Nonetheless, the drought remains a profound challenge for California. While the rain provides a short term relief we must all remain diligent in our efforts to conserve. The recent rain has also benefited our local plant life. In just a short time we have seen significant improvement in fuel moisture and plant growth. Yet, there are trees dying throughout the San Marcos Pass that are creating fire and falling hazards.
The WRA is working on several grants to support local coordinated fuel mitigation efforts by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. These projects include the San Marcos Trout Club, Rosario Park, East and West Camino Cielo and Painted Cave. CalFire and California Conservation Corps crews have already been working to reduce fuel loads and widen roadways.
Communications is always a challenge in an emergency. The WRA is upgrading our VHF radio system and the San Marcos Pass Emergency Radio System (SMPERS – 1040 AM). A new emergency power back-up system has already been installed. A second receiver and backup repeater will be installed shortly on Brush Peak on West Camino Cielo. This will improve our coverage area and provide a reliable back-up in the event the primary repeater fails.
The local Social Media site Nextdoor continues to popular with new members joining weekly. If you have yet to sign-up, please visit https://sanmarcospass.nextdoor.com/login/
Burn permits are currently available at the USFS San Marcos Station on East Camino Cielo. If you have a permit from last year it can be quickly renewed.
Our radio program Community Alert is in it’s eighth year. All of the previous shows are available at this website. The show airs live Tuesdays at 11 AM on KZSB – AM 1290 and simulcasts on the Internet at http://morenews.newspress.com/kzsb/player.html .
All WRA members should have received a reflective address sign by now. If not, please let us know so one can be dropped off to you.
The WRA is here for the San Marcos Pass Community. If we can be of assistance please give us a call at 964-7194 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael S. Williams