2013 Fire Restirctions
Due to high fire danger, fire and smoking restrictions are now in effect on all National Park Service land in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. For details, please download the public notice or call 805-370-2301. More »
Update on Park Closures
All NPS trails are open at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa! Currently, this park site is only open sunrise to sunset.
National Park Service Holds Public Meetings for Invasive Plant Management Plan
Contact: Kate Kuykendall, 805-370-2343
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The National Park Service is preparing a joint environmental assessment (EA) for an invasive plant management plan for Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) and Redwood National Park.
NPS invites the public to attend one of two public scoping meetings for the EA. At these meetings, the plan's applicability to SMMNRA will be emphasized. NPS staff will brief attendees on the project's purpose, need, objectives and preliminary alternatives. NPS staff will answer questions and solicit input from the public on issues and concerns they want addressed in the EA and its analysis of environmental consequences.
The first meeting will be on Tuesday, August 27th at 6:30 p.m. at 403 Hillcrest Dr. in Thousand Oaks. The second and final meeting will be Wednesday, August 28th at 6:30 p.m. at Temescal Gateway Park's Woodland Hall at 15601 Sunset Blvd in the Pacific Palisades.
Any person wishing to receive email notifications concerning this process should contact e-mail us and request to be placed on the email distribution list for the Invasive Plant Management Plan. Comments will not be accepted at this email address.
To view the project materials or submit a comment online, please visit http://parkplanning.nps.gov/rs-inv-plants.
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) is the largest urban national park in the country, encompassing more than 150,000 acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. A unit of the National Park Service, it comprises a seamless network of local, state and federal parks interwoven with private lands and communities. As one of only five Mediterranean ecosystems in the world, SMMNRA preserves the rich biological diversity of more than 450 animal species and 26 distinct plant communities. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/samo.
Did You Know?
A core group of dedicated National Park volunteers, often laboring in the hot sun, built a native plant nursery from the ground up in 2002. Native plants, from the common Ceanothus to the endangered Lyons pygmy daisy germinated in this volunteer-run nursery will help restore disturbed habitat.