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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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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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The Alisal Fire along the Gaviota Coast is now approaching 17,000 acres with only 5% containment and an estimated full containment date of Monday October 25. Conditions have certainly improved and the 1300+ fire personnel assigned to the fire seem to be making great progress. The cause of the fire has not been shared but there are whispers that it might have been caused by a lightning strike from the Monday 10/4 storm. That would be a best case scenario at this point but that would mean a lightning strike would have ignited a fire on 10/4, which was not detected by IR flights and then that fire would have had to successfully burned through nearly a half inch of rain from the two combined rain storms during that week and then eventually took off during the winds on this past Monday afternoon. Stranger things have certainly happened and of course arson or accidental stupidity remain strong options as well. We will see, stay tuned.
Highway 101 remains closed between Goleta and Las Cruces, as is forest access on both sides of the Santa Ynez Mtns from Winchester to Gaviota. The Alisal Fire forest closure is expected to last at least through the end of the year but nothing is official at the moment. From a recreation standpoint, all the trails within Baron Ranch were burned on that first Monday afternoon.
As always, BIG BIG THANKS to everyone who helped with the fire from the first fire crews on scene to emergency animal evac teams and everyone in between. Keep up the terrific response and stay safe. We'll share more when available
#lospadresnationalforest #AlisalFire #gaviotacoast #santabarbara #baronranch #besafefirefighters #thankyoufirefighters
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Los Padres Forest Association is at La Cumbre Peak.
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Our @dewalttough portable pressure washer with @graffitiremovers products are the perfect thing to get graffiti off our beautiful natural landscapes. So satisfying!!
#graffitiremoval #lospadresnationalforest #leavenotrace #LaCumbrePeak #cleanup #volunteers #volunteeropportunities #notagging #LPFA #FeelGoodFriday
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