Help us preserve Cottonwood Canyon

Cottonwood Canyon's Precious Residents

A mom and her 3 baby bobcats enjoy a drink at the Cottonwood Spring. 

They highlight why preserving this beautiful open space is so important to the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy.

 

 

Girl Scout Troop 2041 Cottonwood Film

A big thanks to the girls and leaders of Girl Scout Troop 2041 who created a moving look at AFC's Cottonwood Canyon Acquisition Project

 

Cottonwood Canyon's recent celebrity

Take a look at this fabulous video of the Spotted Owl, a Federal and State Sensitive Species, who took refuge at Cottonwood over the summer!

Owl spotted by Jan Long, positively identified by Mickey Long, filmed by Lance Benner.

Cottonwood Canyon

Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy is working to preserve 11 acres of wildlife corridor in the Linda Vista area of Pasadena.  The land has been in the same family (including the family line of Caltech founder Robert Millikan) for over 120 years.  The Cottonwood Canyon Water Company was incorporated there in 1892 and dispersed water to a large segment of Northwestern Pasadena.  This beautiful spring-fed canyon is relatively secluded and untouched, making it a prime refuge for wildlife and plants in the otherwise dry hillsides.

All four major plant communities found in the Pasadena and Altadena foothills are present on the property: Southern Oak Woodland, Coastal Sage Scrub, Chaparral and Streamside Riparian.    The spring on the property flows year-round into the Arroyo Seco.  Dense woodland shade helps retain this water.

This Arroyo Seco route provides an unimpeded wildlife corridor for animals moving north and south.  Mammals of the area expected to be using these corridors include mule deer, mountain lion, bobcat, coyote, gray fox, black bear, raccoon, striped skunk, Virginia opossum, long-tailed weasel, Audubon's cottontail rabbit, California ground squirrel, fox squirrel, western gray squirrel, Merriam's chipmunk and numerous rodents.  It has an impressive birding habitat, for both year-round living space and migration.  In addition numerous reptiles and amphibians are expected to share the habitat.

Development of Cottonwood Canyon would disrupt or even eliminate the wildlife corridor through Cottonwood Canyon, biologically isolating the San Rafael Hills.  Development could negatively impact the spring and jeopardize the year-round flow of water, so rare and precious to the area.  This would be a major blow to the wildlife drawn to it and depending on it as a source of water. 

If we act now we can save this precious resource forever.