My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Los Padres ForestWatch, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
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.
Review for Heal The Ocean, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Heal the Ocean is a terrific non-profit that is changing the way we treat and think about the ocean. "The ocean can no longer be used as a dump!"is their motto. Septic systems in shallow ground water along the beaches and creeks have been replaced by new sewer systems locally. In doing so Heal the Ocean has shaped policy in the State of California regarding ground water and septic systems. Heal the ocean works to help City's and County's identify contaminated ground water that needs treatment. Heal the Ocean works with sewage treatment plant operators to help them upgrade their plants and begin wastewater recycling projects so that water used in sewage treatment avoids entering the ocean and can be reused as a new resource. Since 1998, when they funded DNA studeis to test for human fecal coliform at the Rincon, Heal the Ocean has undertaken cutting edge scientific studies to identify sources of pollution. Heal the Ocean continues to help protect the health of the ocean and the life within it. Including us humans.
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