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Founded in 1979, the LPFA is an official non-profit 501(c)(3) partner of the Los Padres National Forest.  Our mission is to care for the Los Padres Forest, ensuring it thrives and remains safe and open for the people to use and enjoy.

The LPFA shares the Forest Service motto of “Caring for the Land and Serving the People.”  We love nothing more than to help people enjoy their time in the Los Padres in a sustainable and respectful manner.  If you have any questions about the forest, trails, camps or anything Los Padres related – we are more than happy to help!

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While we have you, feel free to browse around and check out all the cool things we have going on across the forest……….

The Los Padres National Forest is the second largest forest in California.  It stretches across the central coast from Los Angeles County up to Monterey.  There are 10 designated wilderness areas within the Los Padres, along with thousands of miles of trails and some of the most spectacular natural wildlife and scenery.  With elevations ranging from sea level to almost 9,000ft, the Los Padres offers a wide assortment of recreational activities including surfing, skiing, hunting, backpacking, mountain biking, bird watching or sitting next to a creek reading a book.  It is also home to thousands of black bear, mountain lion, steelhead trout and of course the iconic California condor.

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Maybe the most amazing thing about the Los Padres is that it is located within a few hours of over 25,000,000 people!  In today’s hurried world of devices pinging at you, urban sprawl and constant availability; having the option to get out of town and spend time in the mountains away from the chaos is something so simple, yet so hard to achieve.  We need places like the Los Padres and these places need groups like the LPFA helping keep them wild and open.

The LPFA helps coordinate volunteer projects across the Los Padres Forest. Our volunteers work to keep trails open, report and assess forest conditions and provide public education on how to safely use the forest.  Shoot us an email if you are interested in learning more about the LPFA, would like to volunteer or would like to sign up for our weekly Los Padres E-Newsletter.

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Los Padres Forest Association is at Ventana Wilderness.
Los Padres Forest Association

The Willow Fire started at 8:10pm on Thursday, June 17, 2021. The fire is approximately 750 acres (as of 3:43 pm 6/18) and is currently burning in the Ventana Wilderness NW of the Arroyo Seco Recreation Area close to the Tassajara Zen Center. There are approximately 300 firefighters on the ground including 5 Type I Interagency Hotshot crews assigned to the fire. Air support including fixed-wing air tankers and water-dropping helicopters are assisting crews on the ground.
The fire is burning in steep, rugged and brushy terrain that is accessible only by hiking in. Weather conditions are hot and dry with temperatures hovering around 100 degrees with low humidity levels. Winds out of the southwest are 5-10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.
Arroyo Seco Recreation Area is closed. Tassajara Road is closed from the Tassajara Zen Center to China Camp. Residents have been evacuated from Tassajara Zen Center to China Camp. Arroyo Seco Road is under an evacuation advisory to Carmel Valley Road.
Info from Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7549/

Images via @lospadresnationalforest
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Los Padres Forest Association is at REI (Santa Barbara, CA).
Los Padres Forest Association

Come on down and meet a true champion of the Los Padres, Craig R. Carey, while he signs copies of the new edition of his book Hiking & Backpacking Santa Barbara & Ventura! This Saturday 12:30-2:30 @rei SB
We'll be set up outside of REI for a couple of hours to answer questions and chat about all things Los Padres, so if you haven't grabbed your copy of this amazing guidebook, now is your chance!
Books will be available for sale.
Many thanks to @rei for hosting!
Masks are no longer required, but social distancing will be encouraged.
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