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Los Padres Forest Watch, Inc.'s Fundraiser:

Save Santa Paula Canyon

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BENEFITING: Los Padres Forest Watch, Inc.

EVENT DATE: Dec 31, 2015

THE STORY:

On October 20, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors approved the drilling of 19 new oil wells in Santa Paula Canyon. Santa Paula Canyon is Ventura County’s most popular recreation trail, an important endangered wildlife habitat, and a gateway into Los Padres National Forest’s Sespe Wilderness. Their decision was based on a 37 year old environmental report.

Ventura County has violated the California Environmental Quality Act by illegally relying on an environmental impact report prepared in 1978. The law requires preparation of a new study that incorporates modern environmental protection standards, which have changed significantly over the last four decades.

We need your help today. On November 17, we at ForestWatch, along with Center for Biological Diversity, and Citizens for Responsible Oil & Gas, filed a lawsuit in superior court to stop this plan. ForestWatch needs to raise $30,000 by December 31, to cover our legal expenses. Your donation of $50, $100, or $500 ensures we have the resources necessary to mount a successful legal challenge and protect our public lands against oil development. Filing a lawsuit is not cheap, but it’s our last remaining option to stop the drilling plan and Save Santa Paula Canyon. Our suit asks the judge to revoke the drilling permit, pending completion of a current, legally adequate, and scientifically sound environmental impact report.

Dollar-for-dollar, saving Santa Paula Canyon is the most effective conservation effort you can make this year. Our coalition has obtained a top environmental law firm, and we are confident that we will prevail. ForestWatch has a history of valiantly fighting and winning against indiscriminate oil development. Our past successes include:

  • Stopping a plan to drill on 52,000 acres in the Los Padres National Forest.
  • Halting the Bureau of Land Management from leasing landowner’s mineral rights to oil companies.
  • Preventing a new oil field from being developed in the Piru Canyonlands.

A lot has changed in Santa Paula Canyon since the last report was written in 1978. After decades of absence steelhead trout have returned to spawn in Santa Paula Creek, and endangered California condors have returned to the canyon after a half-century. Famed for her “Punch Bowl” swimming hole and waterfalls, the canyon is a favorite local and tourist recreational trail, now receiving thousands of visitors a year. An important part of our local heritage, the mouth of the canyon contains an ancient Chumash village site that needs assessment. Santa Paula Canyon is a local environmental, cultural, and recreational treasure, it is worth protecting.

Relying on an outdated impact report increases our risk of an oil spill in Santa Paula Creek, threatening returning condor and steelhead, and spoiling watersheds used to sustain local agriculture. Increasing the number of oil wells increases industrial traffic, noise and odors, and blots the visual beauty of our canyon. A current, legal, scientifically sound environmental impact report will help our community navigate mitigating these risks in our local National Forest.

Help us fight the good fight, and protect our wild places from indiscriminate oil development. Donate today.

DONATE

To This Fundraiser

$39,886

MONEY RAISED
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  • K. Barnard

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • J Farley

    $25

  • Nancy Farrell

    $50

  • Cody Yost

    $100

  • Scott Brittingham

    $500

  • The Whitman Family

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Dennis Schreiber

    $30

  • Melinda Fernandez

    $100

  • LiLi and Steve

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Sam Prawer

    $30

  • David Rasch

    $25

  • Kish Family

    $1,000

  • Shannon Finch

    $50

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    $40

  • Linda Hillman

    $100

  • Peter Larramendy

    $50

  • Neil Jorgensen M.D.

    $25

  • Heather & David Lynch

    $20

  • Anonymous

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  • Brett Campbell

    $100

  • Richard Murad

    $500

  • PATRICIA GEBEAU

    $100

  • Dick and Marilyn

    $10,000

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  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Lynnelle

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $40

  • Kourtney Morgan

    $50

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Edward and Andrea

    $1,000

  • Carol and Ed Athey

    $10

  • Margaret Eissler

    $100

  • Joanne Bury Quinn

    $50

  • Jacquelyn Paul

    $50

  • Robert Dautch

    $250

  • Dee and John Lockwood

    $50

  • Rachel and Griffin Barkley

    $250

  • David and Elizabeth Silva

    $50

  • Ulrich Brugger

    $25

  • Edward Raymond and Marijo Diaz Revoca

    $50

  • Jo O'Connell and Byron Cox

    $100

  • Jaspa

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Fundraising Box on Thursday Night at TopaTopa Brewing Co. in Ventura

    $65

  • Alice Howard

    $50

  • Peter Green

    $20

  • Kimi Cronin

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • James Yarbrough

    $25

  • Alice and John Bueti

    $100

  • Lornie White

    $40

  • Patagonia - Marketing Department

    $5,000

  • Spencer W.

    $30

  • Kate Pond

    $100

  • Pete Davis

    $100

  • Patagonia - Accounting Department

    $3,000

  • Patagonia - Global Retail Sales Department

    $5,000

  • Joyce Sattler

    $25

  • John and Lynne Vrablik

    $25

  • Marilyn Wallace and Maurice Chasse

    $2,500

  • Doug and Christine Campbell

    $25

  • Bob and Donna Jordan

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Delton Johnson

    $10

  • David Shumaker

    $100

  • Carol Mithers and James Gibson

    $50

  • Jan Skorstad

    $25

  • Keep the Sespe Wild Committee - Alasdair Coyne

    $500

  • Patagonia - Product Line Management Group

    $3,000

  • Ruston Slager

    $100

  • Bill and Candy Mitchell

    $100

  • Frederic and Barbara Washburn

    $200

  • Peter Dibble and Katherine Warner

    $100

  • Martha Saxe

    $75

  • The Schneider Foundation - Amy Schneider

    $300

  • Brian Hamilton

    $50

  • Alisse Fisher

    $25

  • Topa Topa Brewing Company

    $181

  • Pawel Gago

    $15

  • Margaret and Don Graves`

    $25

  • Michael Minky

    $25

  • Jack Sawaske

    $300

  • Louisa Hagen

    $100

  • Roger and Patricia Essick

    $100

  • Terry Foley and Kevin Hartigan

    $200

  • Dolli Alexander

    $10

  • James Bloch

    $50

  • Elizabeth Kennedy

    $50

  • Fran Arner Costello

    $100

  • Karen Ashcraft

    $50

  • Smoother Smyth

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133% Raised of $30,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Smoother Smyth

Smoother Smyth

DONATION: $50

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Karen Ashcraft

Karen Ashcraft

DONATION: $50

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Fran Arner Costello

Fran Arner Costello

DONATION: $100

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Elizabeth Kennedy

Elizabeth Kennedy

DONATION: $50

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Terry Foley and Kevin Hartigan

Terry Foley and Kevin Hartigan

DONATION: $200

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Louisa Hagen

Louisa Hagen

DONATION: $100

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James Bloch

James Bloch

DONATION: $50

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Dolli Alexander

Dolli Alexander

DONATION: $10

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Roger and Patricia Essick

Roger and Patricia Essick

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Jack Sawaske

Jack Sawaske

DONATION: $300

2 years ago