Adventure Passes will no longer be valid at seven campgrounds in the Santa Lucia Ranger District as well as 13 sites in the Santa Barbara Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest after the operation of those facilities is turned over to a private company.

However, 50-percent discounts will be available to Interagency Access and Senior Pass holders at single-family sites, and a new cost structure will be posted to the Los Padres National Forest website.

Adventure Passes also will not be valid at 32 other sites throughout the Los Padres Forest once the company takes over, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman said.

There was no indication of when that transition will take place.

Forest officials plan to issue a special use permit to Parks Management Co. to operate and maintain a total of 52 government-owned recreation facilities on all five of the Los Padres ranger districts.

Campgrounds that will be affected in the Santa Lucia District include Cerro Alto, Davy Brown, Figueroa, Nira, La Panza, Turkey Flat and Navajo Flat as well as its off-highway vehicle staging area.

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In the Santa Barbara Ranger District, affected campgrounds will be Fremont, Los Prietos, Paradise, Sage Hill Group and Upper Oso.

Day use areas affected in the Santa Barbara District are Falls, First Crossing, Live Oak, Lower Oso, Red Rock, Sandstone and White Rock as well as the Red Rock Trailhead.

For more information, visit the Los Padres website at www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf.

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