• 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?

Yellow Star thistle from texasinvasives.org

Invasive plant seeds and fruits can stick to you boots, shoelaces, backpacks and even pets! Check your gear! Make sure you’re not introducing harmful invasive species like the Yellow Star thistle to the Park, or into your back yard. More...