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SBPL Continues to Provide Thomas Fire and Debris Flow Recovery Programs and Information

As the communities of Carpinteria, Montecito, and Santa Barbara move towards recovery after the Thomas Fire and debris flows, the Santa Barbara Public Library continues to provide resources and information to aid in these efforts. This coming week the Central Library is hosting two events with community partners to share information on how residents can help protect their home from fires with landscaping tips and providing an update on the front country trails and the process for their restoration.

The UC Master Gardeners of Santa Barbara County will be at the Central Library on Sunday, May 20 at 3:00 PM as part of the regular gardening workshop series held with the Library. This month's topic is Fire Safe Landscaping, with Michelle Ann Silva as the speaker. Attendees will learn the Fire Safe 3 Rs, about fuel ladders versus firebreaks, and distinguishing characteristics of both fire resistant and fire-prone plants. All of these elements will be combined as part of how to protect property from fire by creating and maintaining a defensible space around important structures. Silva has been a Master Gardener since 2016 and is trained in choosing the right plant for the right place. Registration is not required for this FREE event.

On Wednesday, May 23 at 6:30 PM, the Central Library will be joined by the Santa Barbara County Trails CouncilLos Padres Forest AssociationSB Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers, and the Montecito Trails Foundation to provide a progress report to the community for restoring the Santa Barbara area front country trails. The progress report will include information on the detailed process that has begun to survey the trails to then develop plans of work and cost estimates, not only for repairing the immediate fire/storm damage, but improving them to more sustainable conditions that will make the trails safer and minimize damage in the future. Ways to contribute and to get involved will also be shared. This event will be live-streamed from SBPL’s Facebook page for those that are unable to make it to the Central Library and will then be available for those who wish to watch after the event.

Providing up-to-date, accurate, and wanted information to the public is part of Santa Barbara Public Library's core mission. With community partnerships such as these with local gardening, trail, and outdoor organizations, SBPL aims to support the community through the current recovery process.

Visit the Santa Barbara Public Library System online at for information about library hours, locations, programs, and services. All library programs are free and open to the public.

Contact: Jen Lemberger, Programming & Marketing Librarian

Phone: 805-564-5621




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