Journal archives for July 2018

July 03, 2018

Your Yard May Be Home to More Wildlife Than You Realize.

This sort of terrain, between the settled and the unsettled land, is known as the wildland-urban interface, or WUI. Each decade, the interface is carefully mapped by the Forest Service as part of its fire-safety precautions. The last effort was in 2010, and it found that almost one in three people in the United States lived in the WUI and that it was the fastest-growing residential region in the country. Covering 10 percent of the map, the WUI runs through the fringes of suburbs and exurbs and in the gaps they never quite fill, but it also creeps into our metropolises. In Los Angeles, where I live, I can see it from my apartment in two different spots: right in the middle of the city where the Santa Monica Mountains run, and again to the east along the San Gabriels.

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July 07, 2018

Protecting L.A.'s wildlife and open space.

Habitat is a natural byproduct of a botanical garden, but for the caretakers of beloved Descanso Gardens, it’s come to represent something far greater than the sprawling Los Angeles County park’s 160 acres.

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July 26, 2018

New mountain lion seen in Verdugo Mountains after death of P-41 hints at viable corridors.

Eight months after the death in October of P-41 — the first adult male mountain lion documented living in the Verdugo Mountains above Glendale and Burbank — from rodenticide poisoning, there’s a new puma in town.

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July 31, 2018

After 10 years, drilling for oil in the Whittier Hills may be resurrected thanks to an appellate court ruling.

The court ruling re-instated a revenue-sharing agreement between Whittier, Matrix and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority. The MRCA is an arm of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, a state agency which manages a large number of parks and open space areas in western Los Angeles County and Ventura County.

Both the MRCA and SMMC originally filed lawsuits six years ago opposing oil drilling in the nature preserve on grounds that it would disrupt conservation and do damage to the endangered California gnatcatcher as well as other wildlife.

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