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VOLUNTEERS TO REPAIR STORM-RAVAGED TRAILS; SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS PATHWAYS IN NEED OF MAJOR MENDING BEFORE REOPENING.



Byline: Sonia Giordani Daily News Staff Writer

More than 45 miles of trails through the Santa Monica Mountains The Santa Monica Mountains are a low transverse range in southern California in the United States. Geography
They run for approximately 40 mi (64 km) east-west from the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles to Point Mugu in Ventura County.
 washed out by this winter's intense storms remain closed.

On Saturday, hikers, naturalists and National Park Service workers will put on their work boots and sunblock sunblock Public health An opaque substance, usually formulated from zinc or titanium oxides, designed to completely prevent solar radiation from reaching the skin. See SPF rating. Cf Sunscreen.  to spend the day helping restore a segment of one of the pathways - the popular Backbone Trail - as part of this year's local National Trails Day event.

``In the time the National Recreation Area has been in existence, since 1978, we had never seen that level of damage,'' said Woody Smeck, chief of maintenance for the National Park Service overseeing the area's 200-mile trail system.

``We had to close 14 trails because of mudslides, slope failures, slips and unstable geology, and those trails were scattered throughout the recreation area,'' he said.

For more than five years, Santa Monica Mountains enthusiasts have donated one Saturday to restoring worn paths or breaking through new areas. Last year, more than 100 people helped build a 1.5-mile segment of the Backbone Trail in Zuma/Trancas Canyon by pulling chaparral, clearing pathways and trimming branches, said Garrie Mar of the Mountains Conservancy Foundation.

``There are different tasks for just about every physical level. Last year, we had young scouts out there snipping away,'' said Mar, whose group is a co-sponsor of the annual event.

For the past several years, workers have focused on portions of the Backbone Trail, which was granted earlier this year federal funds Federal Funds

Funds deposited to regional Federal Reserve Banks by commercial banks, including funds in excess of reserve requirements.

Notes:
These non-interest bearing deposits are lent out at the Fed funds rate to other banks unable to meet overnight reserve
 to connect the 63-mile trail from the Pacific Palisades Palisades, cliffs along the west bank of the Hudson River, NE N.J. and SE N.Y., extending from N of Jersey City, N.J., to the vicinity of Piermont, N.Y., with a general altitude of from 350 ft to 550 ft (107–168 m).  to Ventura.

``It's a high-profile and very popular trail among hikers. It is also important because it connects a lot of regional trails together. The damage there was pretty extensive this past winter, so we're hoping to make a lot of progress this weekend,'' Smeck said.

Smeck added that work crews have been forging ahead with cleanup and repair work on the other damaged trails. The National Park Service recently qualified for more than $650,000 in emergency repairs related to storm damage, with about $238,000 earmarked specifically for trail repairs.

To reach the location of Saturday's restoration efforts, drive the Pacific Coast Highway Pacific Coast Highway may refer to:
  • Pacific Coast Highway (United States), a segment of State Route 1 in California
  • Pacific Coast Highway (New Zealand), a 420 kilometre highway http://www.newzealand.
 to Corral corral

a small fenced-in enclosure with high, wooden fences, suitable for holding cattle or horses.


corral system
a management system in which range cattle are put into corrals and fed hay for a period when the environment is most
 Canyon Road, 2.35 miles west from Pepperdine University Pepperdine University is a private institution of higher learning affiliated with the Church of Christ in unincorporated Los Angeles County, California, United States. The university's location overlooks the Pacific Ocean and is adjacent to the city limits of Malibu.  or 3.75 miles east from Kanan Road. Drive 5.45 miles on Corral to the parking lot at the top of the ridge. Car pooling is recommended.

To volunteer in Saturday's National Trails Day event, call Frankie Farrell with Adventure-16, Inc., the event's only private sponsor, at (310) 473-4574. Long pants, long-sleeved shirts, hats, sturdy boots and work gloves are recommended, as well as insect repellent, sunscreen sunscreen /sun·screen/ (-skren) a substance applied to the skin to protect it from the effects of the sun's rays.

sun·screen
n.
, lunch and water.
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Date:Jun 5, 1998
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