In May 2014, Rep. Lois Capps introduced legislation to permanently protect more than 300,000 acres of public land and 158 miles of Wild & Scenic Rivers along California’s Central Coast. Los Padres ForestWatch and our conservation partners — under the umbrella of Central Coast Wild Heritage — have worked for six years to build widespread support for the legislation among diverse stakeholders throughout the region.
ForestWatch is proudly working to add wilderness areas throughout the Los Padres and Carrizo Plain. Along with our Central Coast Wild Heritage coalition partners, who include members of The Wilderness Society, Pew Charitable Trusts, California Wilderness Coalition, Friends of the River, and Keep the Sespe Wild, we are continuing to gather support for the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act. This bill will protect 245,500 acres of the Los Padres and Carrizo Plain as wilderness, safeguard 159,000 miles of wild and scenic rivers, and establish the Condor Trail, a 400-mile national recreation trail running through the central coast.