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Thursday
Dec292016

Keep LA Lions Alive by Building Wildlife Corridors

AFC sends out a huge THANK YOU to the Pasadena Star News and columnist/Friend of Cottonwood Canyon member Larry Wilson.  Just yesterday they published a great article about wildife corridors with a wonderful spotlight for AFC:                                                                   

This May 30, 2015 photo taken by a National Park Service remote camera shows mountain lion P-39, which was killed this month by a vehicle on the 118 Freeway. (National Park Service via AP)

"Other wildlife corridors are being protected by zealous guardians of our open space. Just take a look at what the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy is doing all along the front range of the San Gabriels from Tujunga and La Crescenta to Altadena, keeping space open in perpetuity. Its hoped-for purchase of 11 acres of Cottonwood Canyon above Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco is saving a corridor that our lions as well as mule deer, bobcat, coyote, gray fox, black bear, raccoon, striped skunk, opossum, weasels, cottontails and squirrels use to get around. Like to get involved? Check out arroyosfoothills.org or send a tax-deductible check to P.O. Box 1, Pasadena, Calif. 91102."

To check out the full version of the article click here.

Thanks to Larry and all the Pasadena Star News!

Saturday
Dec102016

Arroyos & Foothills Neighbors Unite to Stabilize Slopes and Prevent Fires

Friends of the Rosemont Preserve, Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy and Rosemont Neighbors Take Action to Prevent December’s “Natural” Disasters

The holidays present distinctive erosion related challenges for the Arroyos and Foothills communities of Los Angeles. In 2003, the area experienced property-damaging mudslides on Christmas Day, and 2009 also saw significant rainy season slides.

Volunteers at the Rosemont Preserve“This is a beautiful area. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else,” noted Paul Rabinov Co-chair of the Friends of the Rosemont Preserve. “It has been a few years since we’ve had a significant fire or slide. That’s usually when we should worry.”

This year, neighbors and community members united to prevent future wildfires and mudslides, disasters often considered natural.

“Removing invasive plants and planting natives helps prevent disasters often considered beyond community control. These strategies also beautify the foothills and support native wildlife,” explained Barbara Goto, director of operations, Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy.

Thirty volunteers removed invasive grasses and other unwanted plants, installed coco fiber rolls to prevent erosion, and planted more than 80 specimens of several native species. Because native plants are adapted to California’s climate and soils, they resist fire and stabilize slopes more effectively than the plants they replaced.
Cassy & Kirk Aoyagi of FormLA

“It’s inspirational to see neighbors working side by side to address these issues,” noted Cassy Aoyagi, president, FormLA® Landscaping, who, alongside her husband Kirk, helped guide volunteers. “The truth is our landscaping decisions can either mitigate or exacerbate fires and slides.”

The community members completed the planting in 2 days, just in time for the rainy season.

“We learned a great deal in the course of this pilot project, most notably that the concept of combining beautification with fire protection is valid and valuable,” said John Howell, chief executive officer, Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy. “It’s fulfilling to look back at a hillside and know we’ve done what we can to protect our neighbors.”

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