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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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Some exciting news to share, the LPFA will be picking up where we left off last year and resuming work later this season on the Red Reef Trail in the Ventura Backcountry. We sent in our advanced scouts this past weekend and they found the trail very cold, snowy, incredibly well engineered, brushy, spectacular and brushy some more. We can't wait to get back out there and continue the work. If all goes according to plan, we'll have a few volunteer projects working from the bottom near Willett and then again working from Nordhoff down towards Lady Bug and back towards White Ledge. Details to come, until then we'll keep dreaming of Red Reef...

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DOLAN FIRE AREA, ROAD, AND TRAIL CLOSURE: effective from January 22, 2021, through May 21, 2021.

Pine Ridge Trail remains closed.
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To commemorate Inauguration Day, this #WildlifeWednesday we celebrate the Bald Eagle. Officially adopted as the emblem of the United States in 1787, Bald Eagles were nearly wiped out in the 20th century by the use of the pesticide DDT, which causes eggshell thinning in birds. Their recovery is a result of the banning of DDT in 1972 and in central California, it is because of the efforts of Ventana Wildlife Society's reintroduction program.
From 1986-2000, Ventana Wildlife Society released 70 juvenile Bald Eagles at their private wildlife sanctuary located in Big Sur, CA. The goal was establishing a self-sustaining population in Central California that would consist of at least four breeding pairs. At last count, they found 30 nesting territories in the region and the wild population is thriving. Bald Eagles are one of the largest birds in North America, second only to the California Condor. Anyone who has seen these grand raptors in the wild can attest to their majestic, powerful presence.
Photo Credit: Joe Burnett / Ventana Wildlife Society
#WildlifeWednesday #baldeagle #birds #eagle #nature #raptors #wildlife #bird #birdsofinstagram #Eagles #birdsofprey #LosPadresNationalForest #ventanawilderness #ventanawildlifesociety #bigsur #inauguration2021 #america #InaugurationDay
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