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VENTANA WILD RIVERS PROPOSAL

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Most of the Arroyo Seco River flows through public lands and the Ventana Wilderness. There are two small private inholdings that will be unaffected by designation. The river’s proposed Recreational segments accommodate the Monterey County Sportsman’s Club on the upper river, as well as lower river campgrounds, picnic areas, and trailhead facilities. The Scenic segments are adjacent to the closed but still existing Indians Road and would not affect its potential re-opening. This proposal differs from the Forest Service’s in that includes more of the river near its source and it applies Wild classification to the segment of the river downstream of Escondido Campground clearly within the existing Ventana Wilderness, and it applies Scenic classification to a short section of the river between the Tassajara Creek confluence and Rocky Creek confluence, where the existing Indians Road is significantly vertically separated from the river. Virtually all of the water in the Arroyo Seco River is used for agricultural and municipal purposes downstream. Designation would not affect this use.

Segmentation/Classification:

Segment 1

Segment 2

Segment 3

Segment 4

Segment 5

Segment 6

TOTAL

Source to Ventana Wilderness boundary

Ventana Wilderness boundary to the confluence with Roosevelt Creek Roosevelt Creek confluence to confluence with unnamed tributary in Sec. 1, T20S, R5E Unnamed tributary to the Ventana Wilderness boundary upstream of the Tassajara Creek confluence Ventana Wilderness boundary upstream of the Tassajara Creek confluence to the Rocky Creek confluence Rocky Creek confluence to the Los Padres National Forest

boundary

3.68

Wild

miles

.5 miles

Recreational

1.69 miles 8.68 miles 2.13 miles

Scenic

Wild

Scenic

2.53 Recreational miles 19.21 MILES

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