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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

93 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Really love volunteering with these guys! They do great work keeping our hiking trails clean in the Los Padres National Forest.

Anna D.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Los Padres ForestWatch fills an important role as the only not for profit organization focusing solely on protecting the entire Los Padres Forest. Their work includes important tasks such protecting our aquifers threatened by oil development, ensuring public access and habitat protection for endangered species.

We discovered the organization in 2015 and have been supporters since. The LPFW staff lead by Jeff Kuyper works efficiently on a relatively small budget. I am grateful for the hard work put in by the staff and volunteers to preserve our beautiful land and wilderness for the generations to come.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Los Padres Forest Watch has, from its beginning, been a powerful advocate for the rare and special habitat of the Carrizo Plain and the Carrizo Plain National Monument. The Carrizo Plain represents the last 5% of the once vast San Joaquin grasslands habitat and is the home numerous endangered species. LPFW has consistently worked to protect this critical habitat.

The organization has a great team. LPFW Executive Director Jeff Kuyper has decades of legal and advocacy experience. He and the LPFW team are a consistently effective voice for the preservation of the immense and beautiful Las Padres Forest and surrounding wildlands.

There are never enough voices working to preserve our wildness areas for the benefit of all of us. Los Padres Forest Watch fills an important niche in advocating for these rare and beautiful places.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

As a multi-year volunteer with LPFW, I am consistently impressed by the passion and dedication this small staff of three and its board of directors exhibit in their fight to protect and preserve the wilderness areas of the Los Padres Forest. From organized volunteer trail clean-ups to filing lawsuits against harmful fracking and oil exploration efforts and building a letter writing petition to save the Carrizo Plain National Monument from federal designation threats, the LPFW team courageously stands to keep our neighboring forest areas wild, scenic and environmentally unscathed for future generations to enjoy and appreciate. I have helped with the execution and operations of several fundraiser events and through these interactions, I have come to more deeply appreciate the value and importance of Los Padres ForestWatch, and heartily encourage others to support their efforts to keep our backyard forest alive and well!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit tries to protect our National Forest, including the land, water & air. Thanks LPFW.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I learned about Los Padres ForestWatch soon after my family moved to the Santa Barbara area, through their dynamic membership and fundraising events and strong track record of proven results in their mission to protect and preserve the Los Padres National Forest and other wilderness areas in our community. The commitment of the staff and the dedication of the volunteers is immediately apparent as the organization has a very loyal following that returns year after year to support their hard work. The ForestWatch has built a strong and consistent reputation as a committed and effective environmental organization. Not only is the ForestWatch a resource for learning about the forest and public lands and the issues facing their preservation, but a force for good as the organization engages us in ways that we can actually contribute to these efforts through a variety of volunteer and participation avenues -- trash site and invasive species removals, helping with community and fundraising events, and providing ways to have our voices heard in advocating for the continued protection and preservation of wildlife habitat and wilderness open spaces throughout the Central Coast region.

Donor

Rating: 5

Los Padres Forest Watch does an amazing job. LPFW consistently wins battles that keep our forests from being turned into toxic waste dumping grounds or large oil drilling or fracking operations. In addition they help preserve and expand access to this tremendous natural area to people in the community. The staff, including the Executive Director is very knowledgeable and accessible. In terms of the bang for the buck for donors, LPFW operates at very low overhead and has a major positive impact putting the vast majority of donated funds directly into activities that preserve and enhance this natural wonder.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Los Padres Forestwatch is an important and effective advocate for the publics lands of California's central coast. I have supported LPFW's efforts to protect sensitive species in the Los Padres National Forest near the Gaviota coast, including species of manzanita that exist nowhere else on Earth. LPFW staff has deep knowledge of the places they protect and the laws and agencies that impact them. Their work for our forests, rivers, wilderness, and wildlife is top-notch.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jeff Kuyper, Executive Director of Los Padres ForestWatch, contacted me about doing a guest commentary on the importance of protecting the Carrizo Plain National Monument from encroachment by the Trump Administration. Thanks to his outstanding professionalism and perseverance, he was able to get the endorsement of all four past County Supervisors representing the area, and an excellent article was published in the San Luis Obispo Tribune on October 18, 2017. It was a great pleasure working with Jeff, and reassuring to know that Los Padres Forestwatch is looking out for the interests of the environment in San Luis Obispo County. Jeff Jorgensen

Donor

Rating: 5

Forest watch is an extremely effective organization that has been instrumental in protecting Los Padres National forest from oil and commercial development. In addition they help monitor and maintain the paths and forest. The organization is extremely efficient, great use of volunteers, overhead costs are at a minimum. A feel honored to be able to support their activities

Donor

Rating: 5

I've supported LPFW for several years and greatly appreciate that they are the sole entity working passionately to protect the 2nd largest forest in California. Jeff is committed and effectively leading this organization.

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.

Judy176

Advisor

Rating: 5

Los Padres Forestwatch serves a vital role in preserving and protecting the amazingly diverse Los Padres Forest. Through their advocacy and outreach they educate the public about threats to the Los Padres; they will also take steps to fight back and challenge the degradation of the Forest.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have had the pleasure of working with Los Padres ForestWatch for several years and are currently litigating on their behalf regarding an impactful and non-compliant oil drilling operation. They are a dedicated organization that protects wildlife habitat, water quality, scenic views, and outdoor recreation in and around the Los Padres National Forest. They have a small, but hard-working staff that manages to stay up to date on the many projects that would impact the National Forest and able to collaborate with other environmentally focused organizations.

Donor

Rating: 5

When we have an asset like the Forest and a big bureaucracy trying to manage it, the Public needs a 'WATCH DOG" -- we're fortunate to have a very good one - Los Padres Forestwatch does an effective and efficient job on our behalf.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Los Padres Forestwatch is a small, highly effective organization with a focused mission. The number of volunteers and the wide reaching support they draw in our community is notable. We are lucky to have them working on behalf of our local national forest and all of us who benefit from it.

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

Los Padres Forest Watch works diligently to protect the forest, whether its battling in the court room or picking up micro trash out in the forest. They are the real deal when it comes to protecting a resource that cannot be replaced. Good solid people who are honest, dedicated and focused. LPFW is great organization that has my full and ongoing support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've heard about Los Padres ForestWatch for over a year and went to one Santa Barbara Event. I decided this was an organization I wanted to be involved in and "give back", my time. I like the idea of keeping our National Forest open, protecting condors and trail restoration for everyone to enjoy.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Los Padres National Forest is one of the prides of living and working in Santa Barbara. Every morning, I am fortunate enough to wake up to the sun shinning on the mountains. With the forest spanning from Los Angeles County all the way to Big Sur, it is amazing what the Los Padres Forestwatch has accomplished with such a small but dedicated team. It has been my pleasure to support their efforts to keep fracking out, restore wild areas, and continue to give public access to our national forest. Here is a great video clip that the Conservation Alliance put together a few years back that features my wife and I hiking and camping in the Los Padres: https://vimeo.com/83886952

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.