SOLVANG, CA // NOVEMBER 14, 2020
CHARITY: Los Padres ForestWatch
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Los Padres ForestWatch is a local nonprofit organization based in Santa Barbara, California that focuses exclusively on protecting the Los Padres National Forest and other public lands throughout California’s central coast. We use advocacy, research, education, and volunteer stewardship to safeguard these unique landscapes for the benefits they provide to residents and visitors alike – clean water, wildlife habitat, open space, and outdoor recreation.
Our public lands are facing challenges like never before. ForestWatch advocates for strong science, policies, and laws so that the Los Padres National Forest remains protected for current and future generations to enjoy. Our team of conservation experts attend hearings, write letters, reach out to local residents, and communicate with decision-makers to seek the best outcome possible.
Out in the field, our crews of volunteers tackle the tough jobs that forest officials no longer have the funds to address. During the last decade, we’ve removed more than 20,000 pounds of trash from the forest, eliminated more than 20 miles of abandoned barbed wire fencing, reduced the proliferation of non-native weeds along mountain streams, and worked with landowners to secure permanent public access to trails.
The Los Padres National Forest spans nearly two million acres, from the famed Big Sur coastline to the Los Angeles County line. The Figueroa Mountain area is one of the crown jewels of the central coast, and we are thrilled to partner with CTS and the Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo to highlight these special places and to encourage others to get involved.
Visit our website at LPFW.org to learn more about our work and how you can join us in protecting these natural treasures right here in our own backyard.