Los Padres ForestWatch is one of the most efficient and effective nonprofits in our area. They serve to protect a vast and delicate ecosystem using limited resources. Their fight against oil and fracking in the Los Padres Forest is a difficult task, yet they painstakingly work to keep our wilderness free. I strongly support and applaud the efforts by Los Padres ForestWatch.
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.
The LPFW is a staple in Santa Barbara and recognized all around the area for its efforts and success. As a former intern, I found the number of projects the LPFW was involved in to be very impressive, especially with such a small staff. And even more impressive was the amount of success that the organization had. The LPFW has had a huge impact on shaping the outcome of the Los Padre National Forest in the past 10 years, halting many oil wells from being drilled, protecting endangered species (like the California Condor), protecting sensitive regions of the forest, and promoting environmentalism to the people of Santa Barbara.
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.
For several years, I have had the opportunity to volunteer with the Los Padres Forestwatch. I find the projects to be challenging and extremely rewarding. I have also been lucky enough to partner with them on local community events, which all have been extremely successful. I am grateful for their commitment to environmental issues in the Los Padres National Forest and those affecting our own Central Coast.
I've had the opportunity of working with LPFW over the last year as a volunteer in their clean-up efforts and fund raising events. I've come away exhausted yet satisfied and assured my valuable time is directed towards a worthy, well-run organization. The entire staff, from Jeff the director throughout the ranks, are a group of sincere, impassioned individuals selflessly working towards their cause.
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!
I worked with the wonderful team at Los Padres Forest Watch as a GIS Intern doing project support, and have been closely following their activities on Facebook since my departure.
Each one of the few members at LPFW are extremely passionate and dedicated to their cause. While the scope of their mission is extremely broad, from river monitoring in the Santa Ynez River to combatting illegal gun ranges, I was amazed at the level of expertise they demonstrated on every project that they worked on. Further, the tact that they deployed in building relationships with other involved parties was quite a feat in itself. There is no wonder as to how LPFW has continued to successfully operate for many years.
I have worked with LPFW on many of their events. They do great work all for an amazing cause and I really cannot wait to see how they continue to grow. They really do a lot of great things for the community.
I worked with Los Padres Forest Watch as a legal intern in 2015, and since then have been keeping closely up to date with their work.
As far as non-profits go, LPFW is really one of the best I've ever worked with and supported. Not only are they effective in achieving their goals, but LPFW is constantly striving to better itself and reach out to work with its community and members.
In my experience, having worked with and been part of many environmental non-profits, there is often a problem with complacency or loss of inertia in regards to an organizations goals. LPFW does not suffer this flaw. Their small staff is incredibly resourceful and driven, and I can honestly say that everyone there is a pleasure to work with.
The Los Padres ForestWatch is a heavily environmental protection driven organization, focusing on protecting the ecological integrity of the Los Padres National Forest and the species that live within it. Inherently that means some people will disagree with their goals. But what I find impressive is that LPFW really seeks to work with people, even those who disagree with them, in order to find workable and respectful solutions, instead of creating conflicts.
I very much value the work that LPFW does, and respect the vision of the people who work there. If you are someone who is concerned with protecting the Los Padres National Forest, endangered species, or California's natural beauty, then LPFW is definitely an organization worth taking the time to work with and support.
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.
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.
I've worked with seevral non-profits that work with ForestWatch, and they all have great things to say about the level of professionalism and the proper and effective balance in partnering/watching USFS. I met Jeff Kuyper almost 20 years ago when he was interning with one of those non-profits and I was impressed then at his level of skill and work ethic. When I heard he was starting ForestWatch, I knew good things were afoot for the Los Padres region, but the org has far exceeded expectations.
I was looking for a was to give back to the forest that has given me so many great adventures in the last couple years, in my search for that I found the Los Padres Forest Watch. I've volunteered with the LPFW on several projects recently, these projects are thought out and well put together. Crag Carrey the volunteer coordinator is knowledgeable and friendly. He puts together crews of volunteers that are full of motivated, happy and helpful people. I would recommend the LPFW to any one looking to give back to the outdoors. Just don't mind getting dirty!
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.
I live in a community in Ventura County, California nestled up against the Los Padres Forest - home to the endangered California Condor and their restoration program. The Los Padres is also peppered with grandfathered private parcels that have been developed into large aggregate mines and also adjacent to wide-spread oil exploration and drilling. The LPFW has been very proactive and successful blunting the damaging expansion of industrial growth into forest lands that are home to all kinds of species (also the endangered Steelhead Trout) that increasing industrial growth has threatened. Some industry activity has been illegal and in violation of some state and local permits and it took the LPFW to bring those activities to the attention of County, State and Federal authorities. I feel that this is one of those organizations who more than meets my personal litmus test for successful proactivity to match-up their work and deeds with their spoken and written mission. There lots of evidence of their success. I'm proud to be one of their many supporters.
Los Padres Forest Watch is doing the super important work of land conservation. This is legacy work that will make difference in our children's children's lives. Whenever I am in a wilderness area or open space, I ask how did this area stayed this way given all the development that is so prevalent in today's world. The bottom line is that dedicated organizations like LPFW are working hard to fight off senseless development to preserve these special places. The more work we can do to connect these wilderness and open spaces so that they amass into great expanses the greater service we are doing for generations to come.
Neighbors and good friends of ours, the Laine's, are members of Los Padres Forest Watch, and over the past Christmas Holidays with the inevitable 'contest' to see who can deliver the most imaginative and meaningful Christmas Gift it was the Laine's who surprised us with a 'guest membership' to Forest Watch. This caused me to embark on a review of our Charitable Contributions which were a bit on the chaotic side. I decided that while my wife tended to concentrate on Cancer awareness, treatment and related issues (she is a Cancer survivor), I had a strong need to be part of the environmental movement, but on a practical and local level. I am retired and we are of modest means (I like that phrase, goes with 'live simply' ) and I also applied to two other organizations, The Sierra Club and the local Land Conservancy. All three with the intention of a minimum membership amount, augmented with Volunteer hours. The only organization of the three to respond was Forest Watch. I haven't heard from the other two.
Since the beginning of this year I have been volunteering with 'Boots on the Ground' projects such as graffiti removal, Tamarisk eradication and the cleanup of unauthorized/illegal shooting ranges in the Los Padres wilderness areas. I have been very impressed with the quality of those staff members who organize the Volunteers as with all of the volunteer corps themselves, it's a privilege as well as a pleasure to work alongside them. Another surprise for me was the high regard that exists for Forest Watch in the community. While I am NOT a good salesman and NOT a good solicitor of funds for causes, I found that as soon as one mentions the name and mission statement of Forest Watch, and especially placing names such as Craig Carey and Jeff Kuyper, and then introduce contributors such as Patagonia and Ojai Vineyards and the Rains family ... It all gets very easy. While the management at the top level is efficient and purposeful, the comradary and energy all the way to the Volunteers is exemplary, We are so pleased to be a part of Forest Watch.
I went to my first OjaiWild! this year. Great event ! Well organized and as much fun to work as to attend as a guest. We will be participants again next year. At the onset of this review I was asked to give it a rating which I did, as 4, Exceeds expectations, and after writing this review I hope I am able to change it to 5, Far exceeds expectations, as is the case
Sincerely, Graham T. Jeffrey for members Graham and Anita Jeffrey.
I strongly support many of the volunteer works that are on the ground labor and cleanup actions lead by Craig. This part of the organization should deserve a five star rating.
But strongly disagree with the approach the head of the organization takes in support of wilderness of areas that after lengthy studied have been found as non-wilderness areas. Not every where within a forest needs to be a “Designated Wilderness”. The ramifications of designating an area as wilderness are long lasting if not for ever and in so many areas not needed. This is VERY short sighted of this organization.
To financially support this organization in its efforts to promote the designation of parts of the forest, that do not qualify as wilderness, is to throw your money at a work that could have been used in a more productive ways by this organization. This part of this organization deserves a NO star rating.
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!
I'm always amazed at the amount of work LPFW does - especially with such a slim staff. They do an amazing job protecting the Los Padres National Forest and the unique biodiversity in the region. From tracking development proposals to bringing people into the field to clean trash or remove invasives, LPFW is a true advocate for wilderness.
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
Los Padres Forestwatch is a hands on operation that sends volunteers to pick up microtrash that endangers Condors and pushes government entities to enhance additional forest protections. It also does everything inbetween.
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.
Los Padres Forestwatch is an incredible organization that watches over the huge Los Padres Forest lands. This is no small task as the forest includes a diverse number of environs. Many companies wish to get their hands on the resources contained in these lands. We are extremely grateful LPFW is fighting for the land and the creatures who inhabit it, be it taking on fracking issues or "getting the lead out" to help save the condor, or protecting valuable watersheds, as examples . The hard working and intelligent men and women who make up the LPFW have earned our support.
I've been involved with LPFW for more than two years now, and I remain impressed with the committed and knowledgeable staff, the informational updates that keep me informed about issues related to the Los Padres, and the many opportunities the organization affords to advocate in truly meaningful ways for forest protection. I'm particularly proud of LPFW's work to establish new federally designated wilderness areas throughout the Los Padres. LPFW advocates strongly, yet always in a thoughtful and respectful manner that opens dialogue with others and promotes true collaboration. Thank you LPFW for all that you do.
Los Padres ForestWatch does an outstanding job of monitoring activities within this special and somewhat overlooked National Forest. The Los Padres went many years without such a group advocating and educating about its interests. Keep up the great work!
LPFW does an outstanding job of staying abreast of current and proposed actions that may affect the Los Padres National Forest. I particularly appreciate the high level of professionalism that the staff maintains. They are very knowledgeable about the forest resources and the laws that govern the management of those resources. They do not hesitate to seek additional information or local expertise, and as a result, their comments on forest documents are well thought out, well written, substantive, and timely. At the same time, they maintain very good relationships with Forest Service personnel. I am very happy to provide botanical information to them whenever they need it, and I'm also pleased that I can call on them for their expertise, too.
What strikes me about LPFW is their ability to get younger folks involved to help preserve the forest and it's environment. So many nonprofits are heavily weighted to older, wealthier members. The young folks give me hope that the right things are being done for our local forest. Jeff Kuyper, executive director, is very personable, approachable and dedicated. My business is a member of 1% for the Planet. I can choose to donate to hundreds of other nonprofits but my donations are going to LPFW for the all the good they do.
If no one is watching, our national forests are inexorably and irreversibly degraded, partly just by careless misuse, but frequently by harmful exploitation. Los Padres Forest Watch has made a huge difference in how the forest is treated, using whatever means are necessary and appropriate -- insisting the Forest Service do its job properly, organizing direct action to remove trash and old fencing. This takes constant vigilance -- watching what is happening, and blowing the whistle to stop misuse whenever it happens. LPFW is my favorite charity because it is effective in keeping the Los Padres National Forest the way we all want it to be.
LPFW is an organization of people who are dedicated to the responsible management and protection of the Los Padres National Forest. I was a board member for six years from the inception of the organization until I left in 2010. My experience was that the board members were experts in their respective fields and worked very well together. The staff was professional and helpful. Above all, the executive director was passionate and hard working. It has been a pleasure for me to see this organization grow and I believe there is potential for even bigger successes in the future. I recommend this nonprofit.
LPFW is the only non-profit organization protecting our public forest lands from industrial developent,
lack of access to public lands, improperly managed livestock grazing and a wide range of just plain neglect.
With so much emphasis on our oceans & beaches and rightly so, it is so easy to overlook the incredible forests, mountains and open space that make this part of the country so special.
LPFW is a small/big non-profit...small in staff and resources but incredibly big in the sheer size of land that they positively impact every day.
LPFW is an outstanding nonprofit organization with the incredible mission of protecting the large natural area from Big Sur all the way down to the Sespe! They sponsor volunteer opportunities to clean and protect our environment; they work with the Forest Service to protect and increase our wilderness areas; they watchdog organizations who are being allowed to utilize our natural resources such as oil companies; they have been instrumental in supporting the work with the California Condor...and many more tasks in support of our wild lands. All this is accomplished with very little overhead meaning that most of the donated money goes directly to environmental support. What a class organization that is well worthy of your support!!!
LPFW is an outstanding nonprofit organization and is staffed with knowledgeable board members who consistently abide by their mission.
LPFW is incrediable! They are the only local non profit watching over the entire forest from Big Sur to LA. They have kept me up to date on important environmetnal issues that have threatened my local mountains!
Los Padres Forest Watch is an outstanding organization that focuses on its mission and produces great results. The Los Padres Forest is a very diverse habitat that encompasses many different habitats and ecological zones. It is an incredible public asset that deserves protection and preservation. LPFW is the only non-profit organization that focuses on this objective. When I donate to LPFW, I know that the funds are being used effectively and wisely toward this goal. The results are impressive, the organization is responsive and easy to work with, and they are always proactively looking out for the public's interest. I'm delighted to be a board member.
LPFW is an amazing group and I have been a fan since first being introduced to them in 2006. They are on top of all the hot bed issues pertaining to Los PAdres and work tirelessly to protect the wilderness I have come to know and love. I've worked with them on several projects and am always amazed at their professionallism and dedication to preserving the national forest. They work on such a diverse range of topics from logging to ORV to fracking and condor preservation. They are one of the only groups protecting such a large tract of national forest from the LA county line almost to Santa cruz and do so much good. I hope that in the years to come, my kids can explore the forest in the same state as I have and hold it close to their hearts.
Thanks to all the LPFW crew for all your efforts.
When we planted our vineyard in the foothills of the Sierra Madres in 1998, we wanted to find an organization that was really working to conserve and fight for the national forest that was now our backyard. Los Padres Forest Watch was the one! From forest cleanup to condor protection to collaborating with other groups to fight for conservation policies in the region, LPFW is always there. Their small staff radiates out to the larger community involving volunteeers and engaging everyone. We have been extremely pleased to support them and partner with them in efforts to protect the Los Padres Forest and surrounding region.
Patagonia has been a proud supporter of the Los Padres ForestWatch since their inception back in 2004. As a funder and community business member, we really value the relationship and partnership that has evolved with LPFW. They have proven to be a small, yet powerful advocate protecting the Los Padres Forest where our employees and customers enjoy hiking, climbing, biking, backpacking and fishing. They do a great job of engaging our employees to participate in local volunteer events, like the microtrash pick-ups that benefit the endangered California Condor, lead guided hikes into proposed wilderness areas and they have also come to Patagonia to update our employees on important local environmental issues. We'd like to encourage other businesses that value the health of our local communities and the protection of the great outdoors to offer support for LPFW as well.
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.
Los Padres ForestWatch is an outstanding example of a highly effective grassroots environmental organization. LPFW is providing a bold and clear voice in the protection of the Los Padres National Forest. I'm truly grateful for the important work Jeff and his colleagues are doing. Donating to LPFW is great way to ensure that your conservation dollars have a big impact. I work for a foundation that supports conservation work in California. We have consistently been making grants to LPFW since 2007 and I heartily recommend LPFW to other funders.
We have been donating to LPFW for the past few years, and plan to continue to do so. The organization is full of amazing people that are completely dedicated to protecting the Los Padres forest. They are doing more than anyone else to protect the natural landscape in this area. I want my kids and my grandkids to enjoy what the forest has to offer, and I have faith and trust in LPFW to do everything they can to make that happen. They offer many opportunities for people to volunteer and help in a hands on way, not just monetarily. It creates a real appreciation for the landscape, and all the plants and animals that reside there. I hope they are around for a long time, our local environment and ecology depend on it!
I can't say enough good things about Los Padres ForestWatch. Jeff and the whole staff are extraordinary people who are committed to leaving this world a better place. ForestWatch is always on the lookout for issues/problems that need public attention in the Los Padres National Forest. Please support ForestWatch in any way you can. I have given ForestWatch memberships to friends and family from outside our Southern California area.
I first heard about Los Padres ForestWatch years ago when I read that they were looking for a designer to create a logo for their young organization. In learning of their goals and methods to protect our vast local forest through legal challenges, hands-on backcountry work and community outreach I was eager to offer my support. In the six years since that first introduction my appreciation for the vital work they do has only increased. The Los Padres Forest faces constant threats and challenges and I feel it is crucial to support this organization's diligent oversight and passion to preserve our local wild places, for ourselves and for future generations.
This is a first rate environmental organization run by intelligent, sincere people. I have been involved in Los Padres ForestWatch for 10 years and they are at the top of my list for organizations to donate to. I am in awe of their accomplishments and their tenacity.
We support Los Padres ForestWatch because it "tells it like it is" when it comes to protecting Los Padres National Forest from damage caused by harmful activities and development. In our younger days we made the erroneous assumption that governmental agencies would fulfill the public trust by protecting federal lands, but our many travels in national forests have shown this to be untrue. So we endorse LPFW's advocacy for the public lands that should be protected. LPFW's staff and volunteers are hard-working, talented, and effective. Donations are used wisely and have a visible impact on public policy.
To know the Los Padres National Forest is to love it; to love it is to protect it; to protect it is to belong to LPFW. This is a small organization with outsized efforts and results in the oversight of a precious resource. LPFW is a smart, lean watchdog that keeps you informed and involved without burying you in information overload.
I've been backpacking into the Los Padres for over 25 years, and I am most grateful that an organization like Forest Watch exists to keep the backcountry free of oil drilling, mining, off-road use, and questionable land use decisions. And best of all, they don't hesitate to get out of the office and clean up microtrash, remove fences from the Carrizo Plain, or take multiple day backpacks to help eradicate Tamarisk, to name a few projects. I am glad to donate and help out in any way I can.
The only organization out there protecting our back-country wilderness. The forest service is under-manned and under-funded. Corporate interests are continually trying to gouge the land and build the roads. Thoughtless souls are always trashing the backcountry. And LPF is there working to ensure that the wilderness will there provide us with clean air, silence, solitude and sanity. More power to Los Padres Forest Watcg,
This is the ONLY group that focuses it's work solely on the Los Padres National Forest. We are fortunate to have them protecting the forest. They do great work with a modest budget.
Los Padres ForestWatch blows my mind. Seriously. What they accomplish as a small nonprofit is amazing. The work they do is so important; no other organization focuses on the Los Padres National Forest like they do, no other organization works to protect the Los Padres National Forest like they do, no other organization combines research with advocacy work with on-the-ground restoration with.......the list could go on and on. To imagine NOT having Los Padres ForestWatch is scary. The Los Padres is fabulous, it has wilderness and recreation opportunities and unpolluted, unspoiled waterways. It deserves care and consideration, and ForestWatch provides this to it and so much more.
I have lived in close proximity to the Los Padres National Forest (LPNF) nearly all of my life. From the Arroyo Seco in the north to the Sespe in the south, I have hiked, biked, camped, hunted, bird-watched, and relaxed in many different areas of the LPNF. California is a biological hot-spot for diversity, and the LPNF and surrounding areas are home to some of California's rarest and most unique plant and animal species, some of the most rugged and remote country in the state, and some of the most spectacular (world class) scenery. That's why I have supported Los Padres ForestWatch from the beginning. Los Padres ForestWatch is singularly devoted to protecting this area I call home and to promoting good management of its natural resources. Administrations and forest managers come and go, but ForestWatch is in it for the long haul - making sure that somebody is always watching and submitting top quality comments on proposed plans and projects within the LPNF. ForestWatch volunteers have contributed hundreds of hours to make our forest a better place for all species (including Homo sapiens). If you care too, please join us. Help support our work and our long-term ability to positively influence management decisions on the LPNF.
Los Padres ForestWatch is focused on issues of importance to me and my family as Ojai residents. We love the local backcountry and LPFW is the "voice" of that beautiful country.
I love this organization. The Los Padres National Forest is close to Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, stretching up the California coast toward San Francisco. It needs to be preserved from encroaching development and mining interests. This organization works quietly to maintain the serenity and beauty of this forest. The staff are very approachable and sincere, which creates a sense of community among those of us involved with the organization. They have a wonderful fundraising event each year which showcases the achievements of this fine nonprofit.
Los Padres Forest Watch is a great organization that truly makes a difference to maintain the quality of our National Forest. I encourage everyone to check out the Forest Watch web page, join the organization, and contribute to this worthwhile cause.
Los Padres ForestWatch oversees one of the nation's most strategic national forests, stretching across most of the expanse between California's two major urban regions, San Francisco and Los Angeles. ForestWatch monitors this vast region on behalf of the public at large, encouraging the creation of wilderness areas and protecting against resource and other forms of exploitation that significantly degrade the recreational and environmental qualities of the Forest. As outdoor enthusiasts, we are proud to support Los Padres ForestWatch.
As I hiked and skied (yes skied!) the Los Padres, I became fascinated by the richness and diversity of the place. Wild rivers, habitat for endangered species, varied plant communities, a rich human history. When I discovered Los Padres ForestWatch I felt like I found a community that would help these things last. And I was right. LPFW has been extraordinarily successful in its short history at keeping track and weighing on things issues that affect the forest and at creating volunteer projects such as condor micro trash clean-ups, fence removals, and shooting range clean-ups. LPFW has also been active in inventories of trail access and illegal off-roading. To paraphrase Aldo Leopold, LPFW helps us all preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of our local biotic community, and it deserves our support.
I have enjoyed fishing, hiking, and backpacking in Los Padres National Forest for over 70 years, growing up in Ventura and now living in Santa Barbara. Consequently, when Los Padres ForestWatch (LPFW) came along, I joined and became an enthusiastic donor and volunteer. LPFW fills a real void. It has been essential to protection of the forest and the various critters that live there, including the endangered California Condor. I have volunteered in the office and in the field. Field work has been a lot of fun. LPFW has proven to be a vital force for good in protecting the vast, unique resource in our backyard with funding, education, and legal challenges when necessary.
I live adjacent to the Los Padres National Forest and spend many of my weekends exploring itsdiverse nooks and crannies. Los Padres ForestWatch is the only nonprofit in this area whose sole commitment is to protecting this natural resource that I love to play in. Many of us in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties live here because we appreciate the natural beauty right here in our own backyards. LPFW is an effective organization with boots on the ground to protect this resource and promote more wilderness designations within its boundaries. I've seen firsthand how this group works proactively to keep the Los Padres wild from frequent microtrash pickups to protect our condor popultion and to cleanup after target shooters who leave the areas they shoot in incredibly trashed to investigating and bringing to light widespread fracking in the forest. This group is small but does mighty work.
Forest Watch focuses on the Los Padres National Forest. The Los Padres is special in many ways, but for me, particularly because of its proximity to large populations it affords people the opportunity to experience the natural world. As the world becomes more urban, wild and natural places are even more important to provide balance in our lives. Through its work Forest Watch helps provide vital checks, balances and public input to government entities responsible for management of public land. It does this with dedication, knowledge of place and science and, of course, lots of hard work. The organization is only a few years old, but it has already a long list of achievements. I urge you to support Los Padres ForestWatch.