• Afternoon clouds cover the distance peaks of the iconic Boney Mountain

    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?

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Every year Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area plants around 15,000 native shrubs in efforts to restore the chaparral landscape and increase the carbon sequestration of the Park. More...