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OSPR volunteers working on various tasks.

On behalf of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR), CaliforniaVolunteers, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, County of Santa Barbara’s Community Emergency Response Team and the countless agencies that assisted in providing volunteer support, we wish to express our thanks to the public that responded to the volunteer efforts during the Refugio Incident. 

Although we were unable to utilize everyone who expressed an interest in volunteering for the Refugio Incident, we are deeply grateful for all their support, patience and willingness to assist with the response as well as their personal commitment to ensuring that the beaches would be cleaned-up.  This is a commitment that we all share and to that end, nearly 300 volunteers received hazardous safety training and more than half of these volunteers were deployed on 4 separate beach cleanup days.  Through these efforts alone, the citizens of Santa Barbara County volunteered more than 2,000 hours and others continue to volunteer in wildlife operations and assisting in the incident command post.  This is an effort for which we should all be proud. 

Getting involved prior to an oil spill or emergency is perhaps the best way the public can assist the overall effort.  The best time to sign-up to volunteer is during a non-disaster time. This allows you to train with a disaster relief organization to be ready when the next emergency strikes.  If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities, please click on the links below to learn more:

How to become a Natural Resource Volunteer for the CDFW:


How to become a pre-trained volunteer to help care for oiled wildlife:

Additional volunteer organizations:

We thank you again for making a difference and supporting the Refugio Incident response!

Very Respectfully,

Your Volunteer Team


For your safety and the safety of wildlife, please do not pick up oiled wildlife. You can cause more harm than good. You can best assist by reporting oiled wildlife by calling 1-877-UCD-OWCN.