Environment

Growing Trees for the Future

Where is the best place to replant native trees following the Woolsey Fire? Where will there be suitable habitat to support native trees into the climate-changed future? How can we best protect…

Poisoned Hawk Receives Life-Saving Transfusion

A red-tailed hawk has received a second chance at life after receiving a blood transfusion. On December 3, 2019, California Wildlife Center received an adult female red-tailed hawk with evidence that she…

Topanga Lagoon Restoration Planning Meeting

California State Parks and the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM) are looking for your input and suggestions on planning the restoration of the Topanga Lagoon area. Following a…

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Hiking Santa Monica Mountains Back Country

A Hike in the Santa Monica Mountains Backcountry offers an uplifting start to the New Year. Above, hidden much of the year in coastal fog, the western Channel Islands appear like a…

Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation

The Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act is back, and this time its authors are optimistic that the odds are in their favor.  If approved by the Senate and signed into…

Propagating Toyon

Suzanne Guldimann’s wonderful article about toyon (Toyon Decorates the Canyon with Festive Red Berries, December 13, 2019) caught my attention. Two years ago, after repeatedly trying to grow toyon from seed, I…

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Trancas Canyon Continues to Recover One Year After Woolsey

We visited upper Trancas Canyon just one week after the Woolsey Fire was officially contained. A year later, this National Park Service property is already in the process of transforming from wasteland…

Toyon Decorates the Canyon with Festive Red Berries

All over Topanga Canyon and throughout the Santa Monica Mountains, toyon bushes are ablaze with red fruit. It’s a bumper year for this California native, which appears to be making up for…

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…