Chouinard and LPFW Honored on House Floor
At this year’s Ojai Wild! event, Los Padres ForestWatch awarded Patagonia founder and owner Yvon Chouinard with the Wilderness Legacy Award, and Congresswoman Julia Brownley also announced the award on the House floor.
“Patagonia is an invaluable partner in the Ventura County community, working with local organizations like Los Padres Forest Watch to protect California’s wild places,” said Congreswoman Brownley in remarks on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on April 10, 2013. “Yvon Chouinard and Patagonia have had a positive and lasting influence on the preservation of the Los Padres National Forest. I am pleased to join Los Padres Forest Watch in honoring Mr. Chouinard for his legacy of environmental activism and ensuring Patagonia is an exemplary model of environmental corporate stewardship.”
Patagonia also received The Conservation Alliance’s Outstanding Partnership Award this April. Patagonia, a founding Conservation Alliance member, was nominated by grantee Los Padres ForestWatch. Since LPFW’s inception in 2004, Patagonia has been an active partner by: providing grants; holding fundraising events; lending work space; and donating Patagonia employee volunteer hours for restoration projects.
“Hands down, Patagonia has been the most supportive and influential company in the development of our organization,” said LPFW Executive Director Jeff Kuyper. “As a direct result of Patagonia’s support, we’ve grown into a powerful and effective organization with four full-time staff and a great list of accomplishments for our local forest. We wouldn’t be where we are today without their stellar support – our victories are their victories and we count everyone at Patagonia among our closest supporters and friends.”
ForestWatch congratulates both Yvon and Patagonia for their tireless commitment to our wild places!