Arroyo Seco Gorge 2019
The headwaters of the Arroyo Seco lie in the Ventana Wilderness of Los Padres National Forest. The drainage encompasses some of the most rugged terrain in California. Flowing north from the Santa Lucia Mountains, it cuts a steep gorge as it approaches the Arroyo Seco Campground, making it a heavily used recreation resource for visitors from around the globe. However, the gorge is especially popular with the local people of the Salinas Valley. The Hot Spot efforts will reach thousands of people in the region through a series of communication workshops, public outreach, and public events in nearby communities. We will be working with the Ventana Wilderness Alliance, USFS, as well as other local stakeholders ranging from businesses like Patagonia and REI to concessioners managing local campgrounds. It will benefit those who care about wild places, help protect communities on the wildland/urban interface, and ensure clean water for communities and significant agricultural activities downstream. Tourism and agriculture are the two largest industries in Monterey County, so any efforts to protect her natural resources have a significant benefit for people locally, regionally and around the globe.
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