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LOS PADRES FORESTWATCH
November 13, 2012

ForestWatch keeps a watchful eye over the largest National Forest in California, as well as the Carrizo Plain National Monument, no small achievement for a group with a handful of staff and a shoestring budget. They have been extremely effective at protecting Wilderness values across the Forest's 10 designated Wilderness areas, cleaning up microtrash and obsolete fencing that threatens the health of rare resident species like the California condor and pronghorn antelope, and more recently, gathering a coalition of local support for new Wilderness designations. If you hike, bike, or otherwise benefit from the ecosystem services within the Los Padres National Forest, you should consider supporting this group.

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Life-changing

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2012

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Ventana Wilderness Alliance
November 13, 2012

Due to budget restraints within the US Forest Service, the northern section of Los Padres National Forest is severely undermanaged. Were it not for the fleets of VWA-coordinated volunteers, most trails would be nonexisitent. The VWA introduces young people to the outdoors (many of whom might otherwise never leave nearby city limits), maintains a vibrant website with interactive trail conditions reports, sends volunteer stewards out to inventory and clean up camps and teach visitors about Leave No Trace principles, and has even been known to clean up abandoned marijuana growsites and squatter encampments. VWA's wilderness advocacy programs have resulted in thousands of additional acres of federally designated Wilderness additions. For those of us who wish to experience the wild Big Sur backcountry behind the thin veneer of State Parks along highway 1, we could have no greater ally than the Ventana Wilderness Alliance.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field