LOS PADRES FORESTWATCH

Rating: 4.94 stars   49 reviews

Issues: Animals, Environment

Location: Post Office Box 831 Santa Barbara CA 93102 USA

Mission: ForestWatch is the only local organization focused solely on safeguarding the entire Los Padres National Forest, from the famed Big Sur coastline to the majestic Sespe Wilderness near the Los Angeles County line. We use community involvement, scientific collaboration, and legal advocacy to protect and restore the wilderness landscapes, wildlife habitat, and outdoor recreation opportunities in this spectacular area.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Los Padres National Forest is a large and important natural area in California, so I'm glad to support Los Padres ForestWatch. I'm especially impressed with the executive director, Jeff Kuyper, for another reason, in addition to his strong leadership of LPFW. In protesting proposed sonar disruptions off Caifornia's Central Coast by PG&E, I looked pretty deeply into the EIR that would have allowed PG&E to conduct this very destructive "testing." I posted my objections, which were challenged (erroneously and also rudely) by a proponent of the process, which would have killed thousands of marine mammals and other sea life, for no good reason. Jeff jumped in there and clarified some of my points, showing me that he'd really studied the EIR and incidentally refuting the assertions of the PG&E apologist. We won that fight, and I remain impressed by Kuyper's level of understanding of many environmental issues.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've worked with seevral non-profits that work with ForestWatch, and they all have great things to say about the level of professionalism and the proper and effective balance in partnering/watching USFS. I met Jeff Kuyper almost 20 years ago when he was interning with one of those non-profits and I was impressed then at his level of skill and work ethic. When I heard he was starting ForestWatch, I knew good things were afoot for the Los Padres region, but the org has far exceeded expectations.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was looking for a was to give back to the forest that has given me so many great adventures in the last couple years, in my search for that I found the Los Padres Forest Watch. I've volunteered with the LPFW on several projects recently, these projects are thought out and well put together. Crag Carrey the volunteer coordinator is knowledgeable and friendly. He puts together crews of volunteers that are full of motivated, happy and helpful people. I would recommend the LPFW to any one looking to give back to the outdoors. Just don't mind getting dirty!

Abigail

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Rating: 5 stars  

Living in the upper Ojai on land that borders the Sespe Condor Sanctuary, I am grateful for work of Los Padres Forest Watch in monitoring biological diversity, restoring habitat and protecting sensitive species.
But what is amazing about Forest Watch is the broad scope of their commitment. In addition to species and habitat protection, they monitor the rivers, watersheds and riparian zones and work to protect pristine water sources of the Los Padres. They protect existing wilderness and identify crucial areas in need of wilderness designation. Forest Watch also protects the cultural history of the Los Padres, identifying and working to protect the sacred sites of five Native American Cultures. I deeply appreciate the dedication of the staff, volunteers and donors who make the work possible.
Theresa Bulla-Richards

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Rating: 5 stars  

I live in a community in Ventura County, California nestled up against the Los Padres Forest - home to the endangered California Condor and their restoration program. The Los Padres is also peppered with grandfathered private parcels that have been developed into large aggregate mines and also adjacent to wide-spread oil exploration and drilling. The LPFW has been very proactive and successful blunting the damaging expansion of industrial growth into forest lands that are home to all kinds of species (also the endangered Steelhead Trout) that increasing industrial growth has threatened. Some industry activity has been illegal and in violation of some state and local permits and it took the LPFW to bring those activities to the attention of County, State and Federal authorities. I feel that this is one of those organizations who more than meets my personal litmus test for successful proactivity to match-up their work and deeds with their spoken and written mission. There lots of evidence of their success. I'm proud to be one of their many supporters.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find them much, much more funding. These guys rock and if they had additional finances they'd really be able to make even more of a difference.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

Los Padres Forest Watch is doing the super important work of land conservation. This is legacy work that will make difference in our children's children's lives. Whenever I am in a wilderness area or open space, I ask how did this area stayed this way given all the development that is so prevalent in today's world. The bottom line is that dedicated organizations like LPFW are working hard to fight off senseless development to preserve these special places. The more work we can do to connect these wilderness and open spaces so that they amass into great expanses the greater service we are doing for generations to come.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Neighbors and good friends of ours, the Laine's, are members of Los Padres Forest Watch, and over the past Christmas Holidays with the inevitable 'contest' to see who can deliver the most imaginative and meaningful Christmas Gift it was the Laine's who surprised us with a 'guest membership' to Forest Watch. This caused me to embark on a review of our Charitable Contributions which were a bit on the chaotic side. I decided that while my wife tended to concentrate on Cancer awareness, treatment and related issues (she is a Cancer survivor), I had a strong need to be part of the environmental movement, but on a practical and local level. I am retired and we are of modest means (I like that phrase, goes with 'live simply' ) and I also applied to two other organizations, The Sierra Club and the local Land Conservancy. All three with the intention of a minimum membership amount, augmented with Volunteer hours. The only organization of the three to respond was Forest Watch. I haven't heard from the other two.
Since the beginning of this year I have been volunteering with 'Boots on the Ground' projects such as graffiti removal, Tamarisk eradication and the cleanup of unauthorized/illegal shooting ranges in the Los Padres wilderness areas. I have been very impressed with the quality of those staff members who organize the Volunteers as with all of the volunteer corps themselves, it's a privilege as well as a pleasure to work alongside them. Another surprise for me was the high regard that exists for Forest Watch in the community. While I am NOT a good salesman and NOT a good solicitor of funds for causes, I found that as soon as one mentions the name and mission statement of Forest Watch, and especially placing names such as Craig Carey and Jeff Kuyper, and then introduce contributors such as Patagonia and Ojai Vineyards and the Rains family ... It all gets very easy. While the management at the top level is efficient and purposeful, the comradary and energy all the way to the Volunteers is exemplary, We are so pleased to be a part of Forest Watch.
I went to my first OjaiWild! this year. Great event ! Well organized and as much fun to work as to attend as a guest. We will be participants again next year. At the onset of this review I was asked to give it a rating which I did, as 4, Exceeds expectations, and after writing this review I hope I am able to change it to 5, Far exceeds expectations, as is the case
Sincerely, Graham T. Jeffrey for members Graham and Anita Jeffrey.

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Rating: 2 stars  

I strongly support many of the volunteer works that are on the ground labor and cleanup actions lead by Craig. This part of the organization should deserve a five star rating.

But strongly disagree with the approach the head of the organization takes in support of wilderness of areas that after lengthy studied have been found as non-wilderness areas. Not every where within a forest needs to be a “Designated Wilderness”. The ramifications of designating an area as wilderness are long lasting if not for ever and in so many areas not needed. This is VERY short sighted of this organization.

To financially support this organization in its efforts to promote the designation of parts of the forest, that do not qualify as wilderness, is to throw your money at a work that could have been used in a more productive ways by this organization. This part of this organization deserves a NO star rating.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Los Padres National Forest is a treasure we want to preserve for our children and grandchildren, it is a place of renewal and inspiration for nature lovers and it is an important buffer to the crush of 13 million people living just a few miles away. Our experience has shown us that we cannot rely on the government to protect this important public-owned land from the many special interest developers and resource exploiters who are ready to degrade the Los Padres for short term profit. Thank goodness for Los Padres Forestwatch!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm always amazed at the amount of work LPFW does - especially with such a slim staff. They do an amazing job protecting the Los Padres National Forest and the unique biodiversity in the region. From tracking development proposals to bringing people into the field to clean trash or remove invasives, LPFW is a true advocate for wilderness.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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