Cuyama Peak Clean-up

In late October, a hearty crew of LPFW volunteers headed up to Cuyama Peak for a microtrash clean-up project. The site of an historic fire and Aircraft Warning Service lookout with impressive 360-degree views of the Los Padres, Cuyama Peak is also a known condor roosting site adjacent to the Dick Smith Wilderness.

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Cuyama Peak volunteer crew. Image courtesy EM Walker.

With temps hovering in the high 30s and clouds obscuring views for much of the morning, the crew collected over 150 lbs. of shell casings, broken glass, nails, and other trash from around the old fire lookout and AWS cabin. Thanks to our volunteers for all their hard work!

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Since 2007, ForestWatch has completed more than two dozen cleanup efforts with the help of hundreds of volunteers, who have contributed more than 2,500 hours to help protect condors. To date, the volunteers have removed more than 8,000 pounds of microtrash and other trash from key sites within the condor’s range. For more information about ForestWatch’s volunteer projects or to get involved, visit

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