Environment

In Defense of Oak Trees…

We have arrived at the one-year anniversary of the devastating Woolsey fire. There is a lot of talk about vegetation management going forward. The Mountains Restoration and Conservation Authority (MRCA) has put…

Santa Anas: A Saintly Name for a Devil Wind

“There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves…

Lost Angel in Paradise

Linda Ballou, travel writer, author, and “Adventures in Travel” columnist for the Messenger Mountain News, starts her latest book: Lost Angel in Paradise: Great Outdoor Days from Los Angeles to the Coast,…

Frogs “Toughed Out” Woolsey Fires

Night surveys show a small number of threatened California red-legged frogs were able to tough out the Woolsey fire and subsequent mudslides but habitat may be unsuitable for breeding for years. A…

NHM Tracks Urban Insects

Los Angeles faces rising temperatures and a drier climate with global climate change. As it continues, it is crucial to keep track of biodiversity in urban areas. Insects are sensitive to temperature…

100 Drawdown Solutions to Save the Planet

Following Cecilie Stuart’s article (“Drawdown: Top 100 Solutions to Global Warming,” October 4, 2019), we thought to expand the concept of Drawdown by publishing a couple of the solutions at a time.…

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Next Phase of Santa Susana Field Laboratory Cleanup

In the area where the federal government once operated 10 experimental nuclear reactors, 18 buildings are slated for demolition and mitigation. The Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) sprawls across nearly 3000 acres…

Two Mountain Lions Dead of Rodenticide Poison

Two mountain lions have been found dead in the Santa Monica Mountains recently and the cause of death for one of them, a healthy six-year-old male known as P-30, was anticoagulant rodenticide…

The Battle to Save Bears Ears Wins Round 1

The Trump Administration recently suffered a setback in its attempt to dismantle Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, two parks created under the Antiquities Act by President Barak Obama. While both…

RCD Invites Public to Participate

Professional Detection Detectives On Saturday, October 19, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., the Resource District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM) invites the public to participate in a Professional “Detection Detectives” workshop to learn…