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Phone: 831-423-3191
PO Box 506
Santa Cruz
California 95061

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Target demographics: Anyone who appreciates the Wilderness qualities, biodiversity and ecosystem services made possible by wild lands on California's central coast

Direct beneficiaries per year: hundreds

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: repair trails, clean up backcountry camps and teach other Forest visitors about Leave No Trace principles

Geographic areas served: Monterey Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest

Programs: VWA Trail Crew
Youth in Wilderness
Volunteer Wilderness Stewards
Recreation Site Monitoring
Wilderness Advocacy
Wildfire Management Planning

The mission of the Ventana Wilderness Alliance is to protect, preserve,and restore the wilderness qualities and biological diversity of the public lands within California's northern Santa Lucia Mountains and Big Sur coast.
The Big Sur Wilderness and Conservation Act of 2002
Willow Creek Clean-Up (11,000 pounds of trash removed form the backcountry)
The Milpitas Special Interest Area Managment Plan
dozens of camps restored, hundreds of miles of trails maintained, several marijuana growsites removed

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I have served on the Board of the Ventana Wilderness Alliance since its inception. Beginning with the successful passage of the Big Sur Wilderness and Conservation Act of 2002, which added 50,000 acres of unprotected public wildlands to the Ventana and Silver Peak Wilderness Areas along California... more »
This organization has been instrumental in organizing volunteer trail work trips to the Ventana. Without this work over the past 10 years, many of the longer Ventana trails would be impassible. Many of the trails ARE impassible even with the best efforts of the VWA. This is a critical need in these ... more »
Los Padres National Forest has a MAJESTIC BEAUTY for us to use as: social outings, for therapy, depression, for love, gathering of friends, family outings, education, exercise and for the use of future generations. MY GREATEST APPRECIATION AND ADMIRATION GOES TO THE VENTANA WILDERNESS ALLIANCE AND ... more »
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