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Los Padres Forestwatch

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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

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.
Theresa Bulla-Richards

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.
Laurie H.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!