Meet our Staff

JEFF KUYPER
Executive Director

Jeff is the Executive Director of ForestWatch, and brings more than fifteen years of experience in legal and policy advocacy on behalf of the environment. Before founding ForestWatch, he worked as a Legal Analyst at the Environmental Defense Center, a non-profit law firm in Santa Barbara. Jeff holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Oregon School of Law, with a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resource Law. He has worked with several of the West’s leading public interest environmental law firms, including the Western Environmental Law Center in Eugene, Oregon and Advocates for the West in Boise, Idaho.

DIANE ELFSTROM DEVINE
Membership & Development

Diane comes to ForestWatch with over 25 years of experience in the non-profit world. Formerly with The Nature Conservancy, she spent twenty years focusing on the protection of Santa Cruz Island in the Santa Barbara Channel. Diane assisted in the development of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History’s Sea Center on Stearns Wharf before serving as the Executive Director for a small arts organization in the Santa Ynez Valley, where she and her family call home. Diane holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology from U.C. Santa Barbara and a Development Officer Certification through Cal Poly and the Non-profit Support Center.

MATT SAYLES
Wild Heritage Project Coordinator

Matt coordinates our wilderness project throughout Ventura County, bringing ten years of experience working with landowners to conserve land in the Midwest and in California. Matt graduated from Northern Michigan University with a degree in philosophy and a minor in outdoor recreation, has extensive experience working with nonprofit land trusts, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Sierra Cascade Land Trust Council which represents all land trusts in the Sierra and Cascade mountain ranges of California. He now lives and works in Ventura, where he meets with local businesses, ranchers, farmers, and local elected officials to develop support for the southern Los Padres wild heritage project.

CRAIG R. CAREY
Director of Outreach and Outdoor Programs

CraigCarey_webCraig is ForestWatch’s Director of Outreach and Outdoor Programs, and leads the organization’s volunteer habitat restoration, trails, clean-up, and youth projects in the Los Padres National Forest and Carrizo Plain National Monument. He also oversees the Lost Trails program, which seeks to restore historic public access to several currently-closed trails and trailheads leading into the Los Padres National Forest. Craig graduated from UCSB with a degree in history, and is the author of Hiking and Backpacking Santa Barbara and Ventura (Wilderness Press, 2012). He’s wandered our local backwood his entire life, is an active trail volunteer, and has led countless trips into the Los Padres backcountry with local scouting and youth groups.