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SLOPE was co-founded by Elizabeth Tolley and Karen Foster with the encouragement of Nancy Warner of the San Luis Obispo Nature Conservancy.
 
The first paint-out was in May 1993 on the Sur Sur Ranch.  From April 1994 to May 1994 the paintings of the Sur Sur and Ventana Ranches were exhibited in the Rayburn House Building and in the U.S. Forrest Service Office in Washington, D.C.  Congressman Sam Farr and the Trust for Public Lands hosted a reception for the exhibit.  The paintings were then shown at the National Forest Building.  Following this, the Senate appropriated funds to complete the purchase of the ranches, which are now part of the Los Padres National Forrest.
 
In March 1994 paintings created in the Elfin Forrest of Los Osos and other areas of San Luis Obispo County were exhibited to raise additional funds for S.W.A.P. (Small Wilderness Area Preservation) to purchase the Elfin Forrest. 
 
In April 1994 the SLOPE painters joined the Oak Group (painters of Santa Barbara County) and the Nature Conservancy to exhibit paintings of the Carrizo Plain.  The group raised funds for the Guy L. Goodwin Education Center in the Carrizo Plain. 
 
Since then the group has created hundreds of paintings and raised thousands of dollars for local nonprofits to aid in protecting treasured lands in and around San Luis Obispo County, California.
 
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1993   Sur Sur Ranch Paintings shown at US Forest Service Office in Goleta, hosted by Congressman Sam Farr and Trust for Public lands.  The ranches became part of Los Padres National Forrest.
 
1994   March – “Save the Elfin Forrest” – benefiting Small Wilderness Area Preservation for purchase of the Elfin Forrest.
April – Carrizo Plains Paintings with the Oak Group and the Nature Conservancy benefiting the Guy L. Goodwin Education Center in the Carrizo Plain.
April – Big Sur Area, Sur Sur Ranch and [...]

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