• Stars appear behind a dramatic landscape of rocky mountains, rolling hills, and fields of grass

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Environmental Factors

A wildland fire moves in a linear fashion across the hillside.

Natural areas within Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area play an important role in indicating when critical changes are happening on the earth. Natural areas alert us to biological, chemical, and environmental changes that can affect our quality of life and the survival of species.

Detecting these changes, such as air quality or non-native species, in the environment is an important part of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area’s mission. Various projects and studies are occurring across the Recreation Area to mitigate the effects of climate change and observe the corresponding shifts in plant and animal behavior.

Did You Know?

Watch the credits a the end of a film and you may discover how often national parks are used by the movie industry.

Unique vistas and cultural significance often draw filmmakers to National Parks. Paramount Ranch is the only place in the National Park System where you can see movie making in action at a historic movie ranch once owned by Paramount Pictures (1927).