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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

83 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

As one who has spent his youth in Los Padres Forest on horseback, I have come to develop a high regard for all the efforts that Los Padres ForestWatch has accomplished. It's mission is to protect and preserve public lands for the benefit of those who appreciate what mother nature has created. This organization is multi-talented with a bevy of volunteers who clear trails, pick up trash, protect condors, and serve extensively when and where needed. The staff of ForestWatch works closely with several government agencies to ensure that all decisions are made in conformity with best interest of the public. Preservation and biological integrity are so important at all times.

Katy21

Donor

Rating: 5

Los Padres ForestWatch is a wonderful organization; it protects our nations forest from industrial pollution, keeps established trails open to the public, and protects our native flora and fauna. A valuable and well-run organization!

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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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

LPFW is a reputable and devoted "watchdog" organization, with which I spent the summer of 2010 as a legal extern. I am grateful for the opportunity that Executive Director and founder, Jeff Kuyper, gave me so as to gain meaningful environmental/natural resources law and legal advocacy experience. I worked on legal and policy issues occurring within the Los Padres National Forest and on bordering public lands. This organization tackles controversial and challenging state and federal regulatory and policy issues on behalf of the public interest. Truly, this organization listens to constituents/stakeholders, seeks transparency and informing the public, and utilizes a science-based approach. I was impressed with the caliber and reach of the fairly young organization at the time I volunteered as a law student. LPFW is effective and efficient with its resources and does have an impact especially where government accountability and transparency are concerned. At the same time, LPFW is balanced in its mission and does not engage in unfounded or non-science and social science-based advocacy and litigation. The Executive Director, from my personal experience over several months of work, is a great leader, mentor, and advocate. I hope to see this organization grow further and continue leading efforts to protect and help restore its unique niche focus: the Los Padres National Forest.

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

LPFW is an outstanding protector of local forests and watersheds. Their steadfast pursuit of environmental justice to benefit nature and people is impressive and inspiring. Their work is meaningful and necessary as we move forward with an increasingly precarious environmental future. Our children and wilderness spaces will be better off thanks to the hard work and dedication of LPFW, and their awesomely supportive volunteer network.

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Los Padres Forestwatch is a very important non-profit that is working hard to protect our National Forest. They help get the community involved with cleanups and campaigns. They are working hard to protect endangered species and stop all the oil fracking. They show a lot of courage going up against big oil companies and even more passion about the outdoors. They are very real people who care about what they are fighting for and I am glad I had the chance to see them in action. I would gladly volunteer for this non-profit again!