Many popular trails within the Thomas Fire burn area and debris flow footprint suffered major damage. The work required to return them to a safe, usable, and stable condition is daunting. In some areas, whole segments of the trails have been obliterated and may have to be relocated. The permits and environmental reviews needed will add substantial time and expense to the process.
While some funds may be provided by local governments, it is unclear how much they will cover or when they will be available. And FEMA funds cannot be used to restore damaged trails on federal lands, which includes anything inside the Los Padres National Forest. Other funding must be secured. So, local trails groups formed the Thomas Fire Trail Fund in order to get work underway quickly.
The Thomas Fire Trail Fund will be administered by Santa Barbara County Trails Council, Los Padres Forest Association, Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers, and C.R.E.W. These four non-profit organizations have decades of experience in the planning, construction and maintenance of the trails in Santa Barbara County. All funds donated will be used for fire and debris flow damaged trails in the Thomas Fire burn area.
Help restore our burn area trails! More than 25 miles of trails have been damaged or destroyed, and it will take a massive, community-wide effort to restore them. Visit ThomasFireTrailFund.org to donate or learn more. Find volunteer opportunities at sbvolunteers.com.