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Longstanding Ojai Wild! Benefit Shifts to Support the Larger Community Amidst COVID-19 Crisis

Longstanding Ojai Wild! Benefit Shifts to Support the Larger Community Amidst COVID-19 Crisis

OJAI, CA—Ventura County’s longest-running benefit for land and wildlife conservation is moving online this year to meet physical distancing guidelines while supporting local businesses and families in need. Now in its 13th year, participants of this year’s Ojai WILD @ HOME! event can triple their impact by supporting food deliveries, contributing to local restaurants, and […]

State Commission Votes Unanimously To Grant Temporary Protection To Central Coast and Southern California Mountain Lions

State Commission Votes Unanimously To Grant Temporary Protection To Central Coast and Southern California Mountain Lions

     Los Padres ForestWatch   Sacramento, Calif. – Today, southern California and central coast mountain lions were placed under the protection of the California Endangered Species Act (CESA) while they are being considered as candidates for permanent protection under the law. The California Fish and Game Commission approved the protections unanimously at a hearing […]

Lawsuit Challenges Trump Plan to Frack, Drill 1 Million Acres of California Public Lands, Minerals

Lawsuit Challenges Trump Plan to Frack, Drill 1 Million Acres of California Public Lands, Minerals

LOS ANGELES— Conservation groups sued the Trump administration today challenging the last step in the administration’s plan to allow oil drilling and fracking on more than 1 million acres of public lands and minerals in Central California. Today’s lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, says the Bureau of Land Management violated federal […]

Forest Service Extends Target Shooting Ban in Los Padres National Forest

Forest Service Extends Target Shooting Ban in Los Padres National Forest

Goleta, Calif. – The U.S. Forest Service has announced that it will extend for another six months a ban on unmanaged target shooting throughout the Los Padres National Forest. The ban—first announced in January 2019—allows forest officials and volunteers to address the proliferation of litter, soil and water contamination, wildfires, vandalism, impacts to endangered wildlife, […]

Local Residents, Conservation Organizations File Lawsuit Challenging Commercial Logging Project in Los Padres National Forest

Local Residents, Conservation Organizations File Lawsuit Challenging Commercial Logging Project in Los Padres National Forest

Los Angeles, CA— An association of local residents filed a lawsuit today against the U.S. Forest Service, challenging its approval of a commercial logging project in the Los Padres National Forest. The suit alleges that the project—the first to be approved in the national forest in decades—will increase fire risk to rural communities nearby. The […]

Appeal Upheld in Challenge to Oil Drilling in California’s Carrizo Plain National Monument

Appeal Upheld in Challenge to Oil Drilling in California’s Carrizo Plain National Monument

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.― The California Bureau of Land Management has agreed with conservation groups that plans for a new oil well and pipeline in Carrizo Plain National Monument failed to comply with federal environmental laws. The July 12 decision, announced today, said the local BLM office must consider potential harm to California condors, other imperiled wildlife […]

Forestwatch, Patagonia Host Author and Renown Mountain Lion Biologist Jim Williams In Ventura

Forestwatch, Patagonia Host Author and Renown Mountain Lion Biologist Jim Williams In Ventura

Multi-Media Presentation and Book Signing Takes Place May 9 @ 7pm at Patagonia’s Great Pacific Iron Works Store Ventura, Calif.—Join Patagonia and Los Padres ForestWatch for an exhilarating multi-media presentation with Jim Williams, one of the world’s most renowned mountain lion experts. His award-winning book, Path of the Puma: The Remarkable Resilience of the Mountain Lion (Patagonia Books, 2018), […]

Forest Service Approves Expedited Commercial Logging Project in Condor Habitat

Forest Service Approves Expedited Commercial Logging Project in Condor Habitat

Goleta, Calif. – The Forest Service announced its approval of the second of two commercial logging projects in the Los Padres National Forest. The approval of the 1,600-acre project along Tecuya Ridge comes just five months after the agency authorized an adjacent 1,200-acre project allowing commercial logging in Cuddy Valley at the base of Mt. […]

Judge Extends Ban on Unmanaged Target Shooting in Los Padres National Forest

Judge Extends Ban on Unmanaged Target Shooting in Los Padres National Forest

Los Angeles, Calif. – The U.S. Forest Service and a Santa Barbara-based conservation group have formally agreed to take a series of steps aimed at reducing the impacts of target shooting throughout the Los Padres National Forest in central California. The agreement – approved in U.S. District Court yesterday – resolves a 2018 lawsuit challenging […]

Interior Department Quietly Proposes New Rules to Deny Public Access to Documents

Interior Department Quietly Proposes New Rules to Deny Public Access to Documents

Washington D.C. –The Trump administration has submitted a proposal to significantly limit the amount of information available to the media and to the public about national parks, national monuments, wildlife refuges, and other public lands. During the holidays and amidst the government shutdown, the Department of the Interior announced changes in how it processes public […]

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