SLO County Roundup


The owners of a South County development intend to cut 200 acres of eucalyptus trees if the county Planning and Building Department gives them the go-ahead Friday.

Woodlands Ventures LLC is seeking a permit that would allow them to take down the trees, which are at the southerly end of the development on the Nipomo Mesa.

The planning department has scheduled a hearing on the proposal at 9 a.m. Friday in the Board of Supervisors chambers, 1055 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.

The county is placing restrictions on the project, including limits on where the traffic hauling away the waste can go.

“Local Nipomo Mesa roads are not to be used,” a staff report says, with traffic being directed to Highway 1, then south to Highway 166 and east to Highway 101.

— Bob Cuddy

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County is inviting people to work up an appetite on Thanksgiving Day morning by participating in a mildly strenuous hike through the Black Lake Preserve.

The conservancy owns Black Lake, which is a rare freshwater dune lake and part of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes area.

The hike will be led by the group’s executive director, Brian Stark.

The hike begins at 9 a.m. and reservations are required by calling 544-9096. A $5 per person donation is suggested.

— David Sneed

Paso Robles

Twenty-one new bike racks have recently been installed in downtown Paso Robles through the volunteer work of the Lions Club of Paso Robles.

The community service group volunteered its time, equipment and manpower to install the racks, which were purchased by the Paso Robles Downtown Main Street Association. Officials there could not be reached to determine the cost of the racks.

“We are trying to make it more convenient for bike riders and open up more parking spaces,” said Norma Moye, executive director of the association.

— Tonya Strickland