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Repairing some popular trails in Ventura County damaged by huge January storm could cost $300,000

 Many major Ventura Land Trust trails and roads were severly damaged by the January 9 storm.
Many major Ventura Land Trust trails and roads were severely damaged by the January 9 storm.

Ventura Land trust asking community for donations to make repairs.

The price tag for repairing some roads, and trails in some popular nature preserves in Ventura County could be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. The damage is so severe that Ventura Land Trust officials say the three preserves normally open to the public will remain closed indefinitely.

Key roads and trails are so damaged that access is even limited for four-wheel drive vehicles.

The news is especially hard for visitors to the Harmon Canyon Preserve. It’s the most visited of the Land Trust’s holdings, and popular with hikers and mountain bikers.

Trust officials told KCLU News last week that making the preserves safe again for visitors would be costly. But, they now say after more review, it appears repair costs could hit $300,000. They’ve issued an appeal for community support to help pay for the work to reopen the popular recreational areas.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.