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Nonprofit Overview

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

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm a new board of directors member and have held a Forestwatch membership for many years. I was attracted to Forestwatch because of what they do to protect the forest from serious impacts such as mineral and oil extraction. Forestwatch is the foremost watchdog organization for the Los Padres National Forest and the Carrizo Plain National Monument. These large projects take a tremendous amount of resources and time and cost a lot of money to fight. They work with local lawyers and other organizations to protect these areas.

The large projects are not all they do. They also sponsor weekend trash collection in the forest and invasive species eradication outings.

I began supporting Forestwatch through the 1% for the Planet program and continue to support them in many other ways. It astounds and inspires me to see what they can accomplish and the growing support they receive.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Los Padres ForestWatch is doing crucial work to protect and preserve the public lands along the CA central coast. Focusing especially on issues of access, preservation, and biological integrity/diversity, this organization is one of the very few with a watchful eye and a record of success!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Los Padres Forest Watch is an outstanding organization that focuses on its mission and produces great results. The Los Padres Forest is a very diverse habitat that encompasses many different habitats and ecological zones. It is an incredible public asset that deserves protection and preservation. LPFW is the only non-profit organization that focuses on this objective. When I donate to LPFW, I know that the funds are being used effectively and wisely toward this goal. The results are impressive, the organization is responsive and easy to work with, and they are always proactively looking out for the public's interest. I'm delighted to be a board member.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have lived in close proximity to the Los Padres National Forest (LPNF) nearly all of my life. From the Arroyo Seco in the north to the Sespe in the south, I have hiked, biked, camped, hunted, bird-watched, and relaxed in many different areas of the LPNF. California is a biological hot-spot for diversity, and the LPNF and surrounding areas are home to some of California's rarest and most unique plant and animal species, some of the most rugged and remote country in the state, and some of the most spectacular (world class) scenery. That's why I have supported Los Padres ForestWatch from the beginning. Los Padres ForestWatch is singularly devoted to protecting this area I call home and to promoting good management of its natural resources. Administrations and forest managers come and go, but ForestWatch is in it for the long haul - making sure that somebody is always watching and submitting top quality comments on proposed plans and projects within the LPNF. ForestWatch volunteers have contributed hundreds of hours to make our forest a better place for all species (including Homo sapiens). If you care too, please join us. Help support our work and our long-term ability to positively influence management decisions on the LPNF.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Los Padres Forest Watch is a great organization that truly makes a difference to maintain the quality of our National Forest. I encourage everyone to check out the Forest Watch web page, join the organization, and contribute to this worthwhile cause.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As I hiked and skied (yes skied!) the Los Padres, I became fascinated by the richness and diversity of the place. Wild rivers, habitat for endangered species, varied plant communities, a rich human history. When I discovered Los Padres ForestWatch I felt like I found a community that would help these things last. And I was right. LPFW has been extraordinarily successful in its short history at keeping track and weighing on things issues that affect the forest and at creating volunteer projects such as condor micro trash clean-ups, fence removals, and shooting range clean-ups. LPFW has also been active in inventories of trail access and illegal off-roading. To paraphrase Aldo Leopold, LPFW helps us all preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of our local biotic community, and it deserves our support.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I live adjacent to the Los Padres National Forest and spend many of my weekends exploring itsdiverse nooks and crannies. Los Padres ForestWatch is the only nonprofit in this area whose sole commitment is to protecting this natural resource that I love to play in. Many of us in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties live here because we appreciate the natural beauty right here in our own backyards. LPFW is an effective organization with boots on the ground to protect this resource and promote more wilderness designations within its boundaries. I've seen firsthand how this group works proactively to keep the Los Padres wild from frequent microtrash pickups to protect our condor popultion and to cleanup after target shooters who leave the areas they shoot in incredibly trashed to investigating and bringing to light widespread fracking in the forest. This group is small but does mighty work.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Forest Watch focuses on the Los Padres National Forest. The Los Padres is special in many ways, but for me, particularly because of its proximity to large populations it affords people the opportunity to experience the natural world. As the world becomes more urban, wild and natural places are even more important to provide balance in our lives. Through its work Forest Watch helps provide vital checks, balances and public input to government entities responsible for management of public land. It does this with dedication, knowledge of place and science and, of course, lots of hard work. The organization is only a few years old, but it has already a long list of achievements. I urge you to support Los Padres ForestWatch.