Environment

NPS Site Clean-Up Effort Begins One Year After Woolsey Fire

Testing for Hazardous Materials and Debris Removal Will Be Completed by June 2020. A new phase of the Woolsey Fire clean up and recovery is beginning on National Parks Service property in…

Activists Rally Ahead of Malibu Vote on Rodenticide Ban

Malibu City Council Will Decide If Malibu Adopts LA County’s Policy on Toxins. On December 9, the Malibu City Council will vote on a citywide ban on toxic rodenticides and other chemical…

TreePeople to Lead Mountains Restoration Trust

Move creates the largest community-driven environmental organization in Los Angeles. The Mountains Restoration Trust (MRT), a conservation organization that oversees 3000 acres of open space in the Santa Monica Mountains is now…

Why Malibu Still Does Not Have A Pesticide Ban

In general, cities and counties are forbidden to regulate pesticides. Only state agencies can do so. This is due to a 1984 law the Pesticide lobby pushed through the California legislature called…

Trump Administration Seeks to Privatize National Parks

California groups sue to keep motorized electric bikes off non-motorized trails in Tahoe National Forest. This dramatic change in trail policy was made without public input. National Park Service campgrounds are the…

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…