Los Padres National Forest (LPNF)

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A organizational summary by the ENVS 560/L Watershed Systems class at CSUMB.


Los Padres National Forest encompasses approximately 1.75 million acres of central California's scenic Coast and Transverse Ranges. The forest stretches across almost 220 miles from north to south and consists of two separate land divisions. The northern division is within Monterey County and northern San Luis Obispo County and includes the beautiful Big Sur Coast and scenic interior areas. [1]


Management of Los Padres National Forest focuses on the following areas:

  • Protecting and enhancing watersheds
  • Providing world-class recreation
  • Providing world-class wilderness opportunities.
  • Promoting use of the forest as a "living laboratory" for ecological diversity and scientific research.[1]

Legal Status / Authority

PlaceHolder: What does their activity centralized around? legilation that guides their mission. Were they created by an act?


Organizational Structure

The forest is divided into five administrative units called "Ranger Districts" with district offices in King City, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Ojai and Frazier Park. [1]

Southern and Central Coast Context

The Los Padres National Forest serves an enormous population base including the San Francisco Bay Area, the greater Los Angeles Metropolitan area, the southern San Joaquin Valley and the many communities along the south and central coast. The Forest provides the scenic backdrop for many communities and plays a significant role in the quality of life in this area. The Forest also supplies a substantial portion of the water needs of several downstream communities.[1]

Example Work / Projects

Related links



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Los Padres National Forest https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/lpnf/about-forest


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