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Liberty Canyon Corridor to Help Mountain Lions

The Bay Foundation is excited to be a part of the initial phase of work on the Liberty Canyon Wildlife Corridor project.

The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) and the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM) entered into an agreement to begin work on the Corridor project, with the initial work taking place in the area south of Agoura Road near the existing Liberty Canyon exit off the 101 Freeway. The work involves removing weeds, planting native vegetation, and installing a temporary recycled water irrigation system to water the plants. The plants will provide protective cover to attract animals and guide them through the newly-created wildlife corridor to avoid the freeway and travel safely between the Santa Monica Mountains, the Simi Hills, and into the Santa Susana Mountains. TBF helps manage the project and assist with restoration oversight.

The approximately 6-acre area south of Agoura Road is expected to be completed by the end of October, 2016, with approximately two years following the work for the plants to become established and self-sustaining. Additional restoration work to expand the Corridor habitat area will continue below the Liberty Canyon overpass, expected to begin in early fall of 2016. The project is funded by a grant to RCDSMM from the Wildlife Conservation Board, Los Angeles County Supervisor District 3, and MRCA.

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Scouts Learn about Watersheds & Dunes

Girl Scout Troop 1645 from the UCLA Lab School learned about watersheds, what they do and how they work, when TBF’s Watershed Programs Manager Melodie Grubbs paid a visit. There was special focus on Stone Canyon Creek—one of the few remaining streams in the area located just outside their door—where some had already volunteered to help restore the formerly-degraded system. With a hands-on activity, the girl scouts molded clay to build unique watersheds, with mountains and valleys, and then poured water over their creation to simulate how water flows over land.

Boy Scouts, too, have been getting their share of watershed education, by heading out to LAX Dunes. Recently, several Troops and their parents spent several hours clearing the dunes of acres of invasive such as iceplant, Russian thistle, and mustard, and learning which plants are weeds and which native vegetation should be there instead.

Thanks to the troops and their leaders for being involved and learning more about their Santa Monica Bay!

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