Los Padres Forestwatch

Rating: 4.96 stars   69 reviews

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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.

Geographic areas served:

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

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805-617-4610
www.LPFW.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This small NGO takes on a big role in on a"local" issue, if you call 2 million acres of National Forest reaching from LA to Monterey local. They address everything from condor habitats, watersheds, oil drilling in the forest, trails, fire abatement, etc with rather both a small staff and low funding, and those efforts include legal challenges as well as lobbying and organizing.
Kudos to the dedicated staff and volunteers.

 
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What I love about Los Padres Forestwatch is that they protect hundreds of square miles of national forest from activities that can have long term negative impacts, such as fracking, overgrazing, destructive mining, and excessive off-road vehicle use.

LPFW's use of our legal system, combined with all their great projects such as ripping out non-native plants from creekbeds and cleaning up trails, gives a two-pronged approach to protecting this huge space enjoyed by so many of us.

 
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I would call myself a donor/volunteer. I've been involved with the Los Padres Forestwatch for a number of years now. As a company, we've supported their efforts through the Conservation Alliance as well as their now biannual Wild! events.

As an individual, I've volunteered around conservation efforts for the Los Padres Forest, which literally starts in my backyard, and was also featured within a film project about the Forestwatch.

They are a dedicated group of individuals that are doing an incredible job with one of the nations most expansive national forests.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I found the Los Padres Forestwatch while looking for 1% For the Planet non-profits for my business to support. I instantly connected with their mission and continue to be impressed by the valuable work they do. I truly value their ability to be stewards for such a lovely and great swath of land. I also appreciate their efforts to keep myself and my business engaged with the current environmental issues in our area. I know that if there is something my business should be calling or writing about they will make sure that I am aware and have the resources to respond appropriately. Keep fighting the freaking fracking Los Padres Forestwatch, we love you!

 
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The people of Los Padres Forestwatch are a hard working, passionate group, they fight to protect the Los Padres forest. I've seen them in action standing up to large oil companies who want to frack near creeks and in condor areas. I've watched Los Padres Forestwatch inspire communities to work together to protect our forest and the animals, birds & plants in it.
Los Padres Forestwatch gets a five star rating from me, a donor who only supports creditable organizations, they use the money donated to them wisely.

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

Do nothing, they're making a difference, pulling several towns together and they're working with other like minded groups to protect the environment & Los Padres forest

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2015

 
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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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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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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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LosPadres ForestWatch deserves high praise for their work in the conservation and protection of our forest lands. With a small staff and a dedicated group of volunteers this professionally managed organization advocates, educates, and monitors activities in our forest areas along California's Central Coast. The job they do is significant in maintaining the integrity of our forests. The Gildea Foundation is pleased to be among those who support and endorse this fine organization. June Sochel, Executive Director

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LPFW is a great organization dedicated to preserving the land, the animals, the wildness and the beauty of the national forest that nourishes the soul of all of us in this area of California. They do this with a small but dedicated, knowledgeable, and effective staff. I am grateful for the great work that they do for us all.

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