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Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy Secures Grant for Study of San Rafael Hills and the Upper Arroyo Seco

In hopes of saving Bob, seen here crossing the natural spring in Cottonwood Canyon, and the many other native inhabitants seeking a way to move between urban open spaces,  Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy has received approval from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to prepare a draft Conceptual Area Protection Plan ("CAPP").  The foundational purpose of the CAPP is to create a blueprint for establishing a viable wildlife corridor between and through the San Rafael Hills and Verdugo Mountains to connect on both ends to the San Gabriel Mountains.

Due to the good work of AFC board members Anthony Portantino and Tim Wendler, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy is pitching in with a grant of $16,667 to help cover the cost of the study.  This study is crucial to AFC's bid to purchase the 11 acre Cottonwood Canyon which plays a crucial role in the last remaining wildlife corridor connecting the San Rafael Hills to the Arroyo Seco and beyond.  Click here to read all about it in Pasadena Now.


LA County Flood Control District Devil’s Gate Reservoir Sediment Removal and Management Project

Hahamongna Watershed Park is one of our region’s most valuable ecological areas, and an essential wildlife corridor from the San Gabriel Mountains into the Arroyo Seco and San Rafael Hills.

Hahamongna’s habitat and recreational values have continued to increase, but so has the amount of sediment collecting behind Devil’s Gate Dam. While sediment must be removed, it must be done in a way that is sensitive to wildlife that forage, breed, live in, and make passage through Hahamongna, the Arroyo Seco and the San Rafael Hills.

The Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy has endorsed the recommendations of the City of Pasadena’s Devil's Gate Sediment Working Group to reduce substantially the scope and negative impacts of the sediment removal program adopted by the LA County Flood Control District, while safeguarding habitat. We hope that the Flood Control District will work with the City of Pasadena to align more closely its plans for maintenance of Devil’s Gate with the Sediment Working Group’s recommendations. For more information, visit the City’s page:

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