Nov 9 - Dec 31, 2017

Ventana Wilderness Alliance


The mission of the Ventana Wilderness Alliance (VWA) is to protect, preserve, and restore the wilderness qualities and biodiversity of the public lands within California’s northern Santa Lucia Mountains and Big Sur coast.

The Big Idea

The VWA will recruit, deploy and supervise contract and volunteer trail crews to restore trails damaged in the Soberanes Wildland Fire and heavy winter storms of 2016-2017.

Hundreds of miles of public trails traverse the stunning Big Sur backcountry, but agency budget cuts have left them in decline. The Soberanes Wildland Fire and heavy winter storms made bad trails worse and severely damaged the hard-won gains of past VWA restoration efforts. For over 17 years, the VWA has led volunteer trail crews, but volunteers can only do so much. “Restoring Access” is our way of filling the gap by hiring and leading professional trail crews to reclaim the public trails that make Monterey County such a great place to live, work and play.

I earned the trail name “Flyin’ Brian” in 2001 by becoming the first person to thru-hike the Pacific Crest, Continental Divide and Appalachian Trails in the same year. Seeing 7,400 miles of well-maintained trail made me appreciate the immense amount of work required to keep trails open. If you’ve been thinking about doing trail work or supporting an organization that does, please consider the Ventana Wilderness Alliance, caretaker of one of the finest wilderness areas in the country.

— Brian Robinson, Monterey