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Los Padres Forestwatch

Rating: 4.96 stars   71 reviews 1,553

Address:

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.

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.

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Reviews for Los Padres Forestwatch

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

 
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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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1 person found this review helpful

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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3 people found this review helpful

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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2 people found this review helpful

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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1 person found this review helpful

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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2 people found this review helpful

Thank you for fighting the oil companies digging more oil in a beautiful area.

 
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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!

 
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Ventura is an oil heavy county and Los Padres Forestwatch helps fight the development that is constantly being proposed on this county's beautiful natural resources. They present the voice of the citizens who are thankful to be able to enjoy the outdoors, when much too often it is only the businesses and industries whose economic interests are the only opinions heard by the government.

 
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LPFW is one of the only non profit organizations that is making a stand for the Los Padres National Forest. I've had the opportunity of volunteering with them in the Matilija. They are extremely organized, knowledgeable, and powerful in and around Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. One of my favorite things about LPFW is their commitment to not only working with their hands doing clean-ups, but also to change policies to protect the National Forest. LPFW knows what they are doing and are great about informing the public and getting volunteers to stand together for a wonderful cause.

 
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