The City of Santa Barbara, County of Santa Barbara, and the Los Padres National Forest share jurisdictional oversight of Santa Barbara’s Front Country Trails (FCT). On-going and newly identified multi-use issues on the FCT continue to be a source of concern for the 3 agencies involved with trail management and trail-users, as well as maintenance, management, planning and governance issues. On April 6, 2006, a Joint Meeting of the City of Santa Barbara Park and Recreation Commission and County of Santa Barbara Parks Commission was held and a recommendation was put forth to establish a multi-jurisdictional Task Force to address FCT issues. Representatives of the 3 agencies would be appointed to serve on the Task Force.
Through a coalition building process, the primary purpose of the Task Force is to develop recommendations which should be considered by the three jurisdictions in order to foster responsible, cohesive, coordinated and comprehensive management of the Front Country Trails for the greater good of the community. Additionally, the Task Force will provide a public forum to solicit and gather input from the public, trail users, property owners, community organizations and interest groups.
Specific areas of focus include
Review and evaluate existing policy, current conditions, and funding related to use, maintenance, resource protection.
|Membership||The Task Force will have representation from the 3 agencies as follows
|Time Involved||The Task Force will meet monthly the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at City Council Chambers, and hold topic-focused workshops and public hearings. All meetings will be noticed and open to the public in compliance with the Brown Act. Meetings will be televised whenever possible, either live or recorded. See the City TV Schedule for broadcast information.|
|Staff||Department of Parks & Recreation|