The Oaks Need Your Help!

There is hope for the future of oaks in Topanga! Together, we can make sure these trees have a chance. The Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM) has a project that needs the public’s help: Taking care of baby oaks.

In fall 2016, the RCDSMM and many different community groups, families, and individuals came together to plant 200 baby oaks in the old Rodeo Grounds, in lower Topanga State Park. We are hopeful that these trees will grow into a forest for future generations to retreat to and enjoy. Although the rains this winter have given our new oaks a good start, they will need help to survive their first spring and summer and the work of hand planting a forest is far from over.

We are asking for help from people committed to a greener and a tree-filled future to help us water and weed the new trees from 10-12 a.m., once a month on Saturdays from May to November: May 6, June 3, July 8, September 9, October 7 and November 4.  

This is an excellent opportunity for scout groups, students needing community service hours, anyone who wants to help a forest grow!  

Wear long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes to hike across the creek. If you can, bring a gallon of water along to water the trees. RCD will provide gloves and tools to weed, as well as additional water.

For more details, find us on Facebook at Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains or online at and R.S.V.P. on the EventBrite link for the date or dates when you can lend a helping hand.

If you have any questions about our upcoming events, please contact Nina Trusso, RCD Watershed Stewards Program member:

A program of the California Conservation Corps (CCC), the Watershed Stewards Program (WSP) is one of the most productive programs for future employment in natural resources. WSP is administered by California Volunteers and sponsored by the Corporation of National Community Service. The mission of the Watershed Stewards Program is to conserve, restore and enhance anadromous watersheds for future generations by linking education with high-quality scientific practices.


By Nina Trusso, Watershed Steward Project member RCDSMM


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