Who we are:

Trees & Trails is a coalition of neighbors, La Cumbre Mutual Water Company shareholders and local non-profit organizations that formed to support the Modoc Multi-Use Path project

We believe the project is essential and will be transformative. By working together with the community, the entities that must approve the project can create a design that is consistent with the Conservation Easement. We understand the value and need for stewardship of the Modoc Open Space and support planning for its future. 

Why we support The Path:

Undeveloped land is precious and increasingly rare. We fully support the Conservation Easement which includes development protections; management, restoration and enhancement of the open space and expanding trail access so the entire community can enjoy natural spaces regardless of age or ability. Making the Modoc Open Space accessible to everyone requires the construction of a hard surface, all-weather path. Santa Barbara County’s Path project completes this important work using a hard-won $5.4 million state grant supplemented by local matching funds.  

The Modoc Multi-use Path project is transformative and long-awaited. When completed, the Path project will provide many benefits for new users, while maintaining existing access for current users. See a list of path benefits below!

How we support The Path:

Trees & Trails members are here to help. We share the community’s priorities and the landowners’ vision for the Modoc Open Space. We want the Path project completed and are pitching in to make sure it happens. For example, our research turned up The Plan for Managing and Operating the Modoc Preserve prepared by the Water Company’s Modoc Committee and the Land Trust in 2001. The Plan provides important policy guidance for the uses of the Open Space, including Multi-purpose paths, but has been dormant for nearly two decades.

Some of the work done by our coalition includes:

Path Project Benefits

Status of The Path:

SB County will be hosting a Town Hall meeting and soliciting public feedback on their latest path designs on OCTOBER 26 at Vieja Valley Elementary School from 6pm-8pm. It is critical that path supporters attend and tell the County that their existing plans are not safe for users and must be made AASHTO and ADA compliant. 

Read more recent Path updates here.

In the News:

Read more news articles about the Modoc Path here.

How you can help:

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Send us an email at: ModocTreesAndTrails@gmail.com