A Day in The Life

Wearing fishing waders out in the middle of Medea Creek in Oak Park has allotted me multiple encounters with the locals, and the one thing I’ve learned from all of…

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Mountains Restoration Trust Announces Appointment of D. Ezekiel Schlais as Executive Director

Press Release Organization Release – 8/9/2018 10:00 AM ET Schlais Brings Community, Environmental Science and Operational Experience CALABASAS, Calif.– Mountains Restoration Trust (MRT) announced that D. Ezekiel Schlais has been…

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Reflections on Cold Creek by Mark Fiege

  It is a beautiful summer morning in the Cold Creek Valley. It isn’t hot yet, but by noon the temperature will be in the 90’s. Today, the mission is…

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Updates from Tom Hayduk, MRT’s Nursery & Vegetation Restoration Manager

June 26th 2018 After a busy planting season, the MRT veg crew are now focusing on site maintenance for our restoration sites and other protected lands.  Our current planting sites…

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Rattlesnake Aversion Clinic

While there is no solid database to confirm it, veterinarians across Southern California report that dogs are 20% more likely to be bitten by a rattlesnake than a human –…

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Bring Back the Streams! One Stream at a Time…

BRING BACK THE STREAMS! ONE STREAM AT A TIME… WHO IS MOUNTAINS RESTORATION TRUST? We are a non-profit organization who have dedicated ourselves as stewards of the Santa Monica Mountains.…

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It’s a Bird, It’s a Bug… It’s CITIZEN SCIENCE!!!!!!!!!!

iNaturalist is the brainchild of Nate Agrin, Jessica Kline, and Ken-ichi Ueda. They originally came up with the idea for the website during their senior master’s project at UC Berkeley in…

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Wildlife Spotlight: Red Tailed Hawks

The red tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is North America’s most common hawk, and can most certainly be found in the Santa Monica Mountains. They have pale bellies and dark back…

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Beetle Mania — But Not the Groovy Kind

by Amy  Yuelapwan, Land Restoration Tech **The beetle shown in the photo above is a full sized adult, with a US penny shown for scale. The Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer…

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Wildlife Spotlight: Green Lynx Spider

This week, our staffers found a Green Lynx Spider (peucetia viridans) perched on a lily near our office in Headwaters Corner. She appears to have made her home here, as…

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Wildlife Spotlight: Coyotes

If you live anywhere near the Santa Monica Mountains, you have encountered coyotes. They can be menaces to your smaller dogs or cats, eat at your trash, and run around…

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Crayfish Busting Keeps Creeks Clean in Calabasas

By: Angela De Palma-Dow Crawling, creeping, and swimming under the surface in some Santa Monica Mountain creeks and streams lurks a red, crunchy and clawed troublemaker.  The red swamp crayfish…

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Cloud Forest Restoration Event on Santa Rosa Island

This past week, MRT vegetation crew members, MRT executive director, and volunteers provided a few more hands to assist Research Ecologist Dr. Kathryn McEachern of the US Geological Survey on…

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What Types of Species Do We Have in the Santa Monica Mountains?

  We are so lucky to have a rich community of flora and fauna here in the Santa Monica Mountains.  Ever wondered just how many species we have?  Take a…

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Mountains Restoration Trust Receives The North Face 2016 Explore Fund Grant

Mountains Restoration Trust is increasing access too and environmental stewardship in the outdoors for fourth grade students in Los Angeles, California. Calabasas, CA – June 28, 2016 – Mountains Restoration…

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“Old Fire” Claims Mountains Restoration Trust’s Headquarters

On the weekend of June 4th Mountains Restoration Trust’s headquarters fell victim to the Old Fire in Calabasas.  The fire started from downed power lines caused by a car crash…

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Potrero Creek Revegetation Project

As you might already know, we are currently working on the Potrero Creek Revegetation Project at National Parks Service’s Rancho Sierra Vista property in Newbury Park. The goal of this…

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A Critical Parcel Added to Cold Creek Preserve

We have purchased a small but significant piece of land within the Cold Creek watershed. The 2.75-acre parcel is located near the intersection of Mulholland Highway and Cold Canyon Road,…

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