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Restoring Pools for Creek Critters

First came the Woolsey Fire, one of the rare wildfires that was as devastating to the creek corridors as it was to everything else. Then came the rains and debris flows that…

Rain Gardens are Here

Wondering how to take advantage of the rains next season and make your yard into a beautiful, water efficient, native habitat as well? Join the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica…

Creek Clean Up, Saturday. June 15, 10 a.m.–Noon

Water heater? Mattresses? Car parts? Tires? All of the above are waiting to get pulled out of Topanga Creek and Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM) and the Stream…

Holiday Sale for Creeks & Coast

Do frogs and fish and turtles dance in your dreams? Is spending the day at the beach your idea of the best day ever?  Are you looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for…

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Grandmother Oak Lives On…

Most people have a favorite tree, one that played a role in their lives at one time or another. When I moved to Topanga in 1988, Grandmother Oak was that tree for…

Taking Care of Flash-Dried Trees

The triple digit extreme heat wave in early July resulted in flash drying many tree and shrub leaves, especially the newer growth. Another heat wave is anticipated for late July, with the…

Grandmother Oak c. 1670 – 2018

We have lost a beloved sentinel in our park. This week she finally fell down. The park will remove her so the fire road will be passable.We know she was over 300…

How Do We Save Our Native Trees?

For now, the best way to reduce impacts of drought and invasive beetles on wildland trees and shrublands in the Santa Monica Mountains is to plant more trees now and with the…

Taking Care of Our Trees During Drought

While cloudy skies are welcome harbingers of some rain ahead, the reality is that most of southern California is still suffering from continued drought. Although we have moved out of extreme drought…

NASA’s Down-to-Earth View of Drought Impacts

  Rosi Dagit tapped NASA and a formidable team of ecologists in a study that analyzed the impacts of drought and beetles on our woodlands throughout the local ecosystem. When you look…