• 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?

The adult female of this cub died in 2005.

A study that began in 2002 reveals a lion and his offspring are surviving in the Santa Monica Mountains. Radio collars track them crossing roads and navigating through open spaces. Their future is uncertain, but with conservation efforts, they may continue to make these mountains their home.