About Us

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 National Forest

Visitor Services Information Assistant


The Los Padres National Forest is filling a Permanent Visitor Services Information Assistant, GS-1001-05, position, located on the Santa Barbara Ranger District in Santa Barbara CA. The Group Vacancy Announcement opens today, 09/16/2021 and is set to close Monday, 09/20/2021 (8:59 pm EST). The Vacancy announcement number is 21-R5-GVA-11225493-DP-LMC (DEMO: OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)

APPLY HERE >>> Link to Demo GVA in USAJOBS: www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/613933900

For additional information about the position, please contact: Santa Barbara District Ranger: Daryl Hodges at daryl.hodges@usda.gov or 805-724-0050

Applicants may apply electronically through USA Jobs at www.usajobs.gov. Applicants should review the announcement carefully and ensure that their application is complete and all required documents are filed on or before the closing date of 09/20/2021.
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Join thousands of volunteers around the world for the largest cleanup event of the year! 🌊

The forest may be closed, but still there's plenty of ways you can enjoy and take care of nature! This Saturday is Coastal Clean Up Day! Whatever trash is left in the forest eventually makes it way to the shoreline...

Coastal Cleanup Day is a worldwide event organized by the
@oceanconservancy. The California Coastal Commission organizes the event throughout the state, and there's no reason to not get involved!

Santa Barbara County efforts are coordinated by @exploreecology and partners with the County of Santa Barbara’s Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division. There are 30 sites you can help at in SB county!

Ventura County Coastal Cleanup Day has 19 cleanup sites you can help at this Saturday!

@ecoslo is offering cleanup kits to households around SLO County to hold their own cleanups during the last two weeks of September.

@saveourshores coordinates over 60 cleanup sites around the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, from the coast to inland parks and waterways.

See you on the coast! Go to coastalcleanupday.org to learn more...
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