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Maria Kelly, ECOSLO Hikes and Trailworks program director 

3436 Sacramento Dr., suite A, San Luis Obispo

NEW TIMES How did ECOSLO get started?

KELLY It was started 40 years ago by locals and environmental activists who wanted to help encourage others to protect and maintain the beauty of SLO County. Some of these activists who started the program are still working with us to help provide an education and inspirational means of getting people to help volunteer and show others just how gorgeous [are] the local trails and hikes we have located here in the Central Coast.

NEW TIMES What does the trailwork usually involve?

KELLY Through our resources and promotion we will recruit volunteers from SLO to help local rangers maintain and clean the local trails and hiking paths. We have a contract through the city to recruit volunteers and promote education on how we can keep our trails looking beautiful and keep them safe for future hikers. In some cases, we will even build new trails for the city, usually in the form of hiking trails, but some can be mountain biking trails as well.

NEW TIMES How does one obtain more information about the different hikes and trailwork of SLO County?

KELLY A majority of the hiking trails and mountain bike trails are open to all; however, for those who are unfamiliar with the kind of trails in this county, we do provide ranger-led hikes on Sunday afternoons at least once a month. The hike typically will last two or three hours, and we have the dates listed on our newsletters when these lead hikes will be taking place. Contact us at 544-1777, visit our website at, or come visit us at our new location where we can provide more information about any of the local trails in SLO County.

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