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Causes: Animals, Anti-Fracking, Environment, Land Resources Conservation, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Protection of Endangered Species

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.

Geographic areas served: Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, and western Kern counties along California's Central Coast.

Programs: Advocacy & monitoring - tracked development and resource extraction proposals throughout the los padres national forest, the carrizo plain national monument and other public lands along california's central coast. Submitted comment letters, filed appeals, met with land management agencies, collaborated with scientists, and conducted on-the-ground monitoring and surveys to protect land, rivers, plants and wildlife.

public education & outreach - informed local communities about the value of our region's public lands, the threats and challenges facing these wild places, and opportunities to better protect these areas. Distributed information via our website, monthly e-newsletter, quarterly membership newsletter, press releases, film screening, art shows and public events.

voulunteer habitat restoration - enlisted 199 volunteers who contributed a combined 1,489 hours of service on 25 projects to restore degraded habitat areas in and around the los padres national forest. Conducted microtrash cleanups at 11 sites, resulting in removal of 3,427 lbs of microtrash that is harmful to young condors. Organized 1 fence removal project on the carrizo plain, resulting in removal of miles of fencing to give pronghorn the freedom to roam. Performed 5 tamarisk removal projects to eradicate this highly invasive plant from forest watersheds. Conducted 1 population survey of bighorn sheep in the sespe wilderness to help monitor and ensure the species' survival. Conducted 2 cleanups of illicit marijuana grow sites to remove remnant trash and irrigation tubing.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Los Padres National Forest is an American treasure. It is a wild place with remote mountains, valleys, springs, and clean running creeks and rivers. The forest gives a protected home to endangered condors, foxes, owls, frogs, regional lizards, snakes, fish, solitary bears, and wild mountain lions. It is one of the most botanically diverse forests in America with chaparral, native grasses, redwoods, wildflowers, manzanita, conifers, oaks, and beautiful ferns along the front and back country creeks. The Los Padres National Forest protects ancient Chumash sites and Chumash rock art found in caves and on rocks.
Our living, public forest needs protection and care. Los Padres ForestWatch is the non-profit leading the way in protecting and caring for the Los Padres National Forest. Since 2004 they have accomplished much on a relatively small budget. They kept the oil industry from expanding in the back country which protects groundwater resources. They stopped a proposal to hunt black bear in San Luis Obispo County, prevented logging around Figueroa Mountain, conducted habitat restoration at various locations such as Lizards Mouth. They have been the eyes and ears of the Los Padres National Forest and we in the public are incredibly fortunate to have Los Padres ForestWatch protecting this treasure.

Laura339

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great community programs! I just took the back backing class offered and learned so much. Great to know all the fees went back to the organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our forests belong to the people but more and more this right is being taken away from us for the sole purpose of corporate profits with no regarding to the treasure of the land, natural resources and wildlife. I feel so comforted and reassured that the Los Padres ForestWatch has a watchful eye and is working hard to protect our forest lands, waterways, wildlife and natural resources for the benefit of the public and the sustainability of the planet. They are careful about every penny donated to them and have a proven record to doing so much with so little. They deserve our support. Thank you!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Los Padres Forest Watch is a great local non-profit doing awesome work in Ventura County. Their team of employees and the local volunteers they recruit are always friendly, always energetic, and always full of great information regarding issues and new initiatives. Their work on the Save Santa Paula Canyon campaign is inspiring, and their persistence in pursuing action and justice on important local issues is amazing. I had the opportunity to volunteer one day with Forest Watch for a forest land clean up, and it was very educational and rewarding. The team was so fun! Great local group doing important work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you for fighting the oil companies digging more oil in a beautiful area.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ventura is an oil heavy county and Los Padres Forestwatch helps fight the development that is constantly being proposed on this county's beautiful natural resources. They present the voice of the citizens who are thankful to be able to enjoy the outdoors, when much too often it is only the businesses and industries whose economic interests are the only opinions heard by the government.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have worked with LPFW on many of their events. They do great work all for an amazing cause and I really cannot wait to see how they continue to grow. They really do a lot of great things for the community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LPFW is an amazing group and I have been a fan since first being introduced to them in 2006. They are on top of all the hot bed issues pertaining to Los PAdres and work tirelessly to protect the wilderness I have come to know and love. I've worked with them on several projects and am always amazed at their professionallism and dedication to preserving the national forest. They work on such a diverse range of topics from logging to ORV to fracking and condor preservation. They are one of the only groups protecting such a large tract of national forest from the LA county line almost to Santa cruz and do so much good. I hope that in the years to come, my kids can explore the forest in the same state as I have and hold it close to their hearts.
Thanks to all the LPFW crew for all your efforts.