Environment

Wildlife Crossing Work Continues

Because of the ongoing support thus far from the #SaveLACougars community, Beth Pratt, California Regional Executive Director, National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Leader, #SaveLACougars Campaign, reports they have secured funding for the…

Topanga: Lights Out Birds Out

Hundreds of birds die each year unnecessarily from light pollution. As a result of bright, luminescent lights flooding the night sky from skyscrapers and homes alike, hundreds of birds are taken off…

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The Gray Whale Migration Is Underway

Head to the beach for a chance to spot these elusive giants. Every winter, California gray whales take part in an epic migration from the Arctic to the warm waters of the…

Conservationists Celebrate the Newest Rim of the Valley Park

Hidden Creeks Park was once slated for a 188-home luxury subdivision. It’s a strange drive: down a long stretch of narrow road that winds through a post-apocalyptic landscape resembling coal country, but…

CDFW Killing of Mountain Lion Ignites Firestorm of Controversy

The increasingly endangered mountain lion population of the Santa Monica Mountains has experienced another major loss. P-56 is dead. He is the first radio-collared mountain lion to be killed in the Santa…

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NPS Bids Farewell to Storied Valley Oak at Paramount Ranch

The Woolsey Fire has claimed another victim: a massive valley oak that stood for more than a century in Paramount Ranch. When this tree was a seedling, the land it grew on…

Lawsuit Filed Against Cal Fire Program

In a 15-year effort to protect ten million acres of priceless habitat from being destroyed by Cal Fire, the California Chaparral Institute and other environmental groups claim Cal Fire has ignored the…

Help Re-Oak Trippett Ranch, the Forest of the Future

During the seven-year drought, almost 10 acres of coast live oaks died at Trippett Ranch in Topanga State Park. The Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM) is pleased to…

Topanga Lagoon Restoration Planning Meeting

California State Parks and the RCD of the Santa Monica Mountains are looking for public input and suggestions on planning the restoration of the Topanga Lagoon area. Following a presentation on the…

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Ceanothus in Bloom: Topanga’s Version of Winter Snow

While much of the nation is still covered in snow, the mountains around Topanga are dusted with the snow-like bloom of Ceanothus flowers. Vast areas of the chaparral that is dominated by…