History in the Making

By: Manny Gomez The true definition of hard work was introduced to me by my father who till this day has his own business in landscaping. As soon as I…

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Making LA Home

by MRT Board Member, Jo Powe When I first came to Los Angeles in 1983 I was a little skeptical about whether I would ever feel at home in such…

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The Mountains Once Again Called

by Rachel Burnap I fell in love with the Santa Monica Mountains in 2008, when I first hiked in the Cold Creek Canyon Preserve with my husband. We would spend…

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Q&A with the Wildfire Experts

By Kate Eplboim Four months after the Woolsey Fire, community members and environmental organizations, like Mountains Restoration Trust (MRT), remain steadfast to revitalize the mountains. While wildfires have been a…

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Santa Monica Mountains Homecoming

I went to UCLA because it was a reason to get away from the small, foothill town that I grew up in. Like many destinations that you flee to, it…

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In The Field

By Rebecca Kosugi In the program of Alcoholics Anonymous, one must find serenity through forming a relationship with their higher power. Admittedly when I first got sober this was just…

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Puzzle Pieces

Just months ago, I clamored through thickets of willow and blackberry with the usual lack of grace when off-trail, but today I walk through the La Sierra Preserve with ease.…

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The Importance of Wilderness

How do you quantify the importance of a wilderness? By its size? Its mountains or rivers? Maybe instead a wilderness is as important as its impact on individuals. Some places,…

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Why I Joined MRT

As the newest member of the MRT team, I have already learned a great deal – why there is an inverse relationship between Red Swamp Crayfish and the vulnerable California…

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Remembering Jo Kitz (1932-2018)

   “Jo was a champion for science, conservation and restoration. Each and every time we talked science she immediately understood why it was important and asked how she could support…

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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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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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