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From Lawn to Landscape

As temperatures warm and the rainy season becomes a distant memory, the thought at the forefront of most Californians’ minds is water. Prolonged drought and its associated detrimental impacts are now quintessential to California living. Water conservation and the importance of protecting this limited resource have become paramount to Californians […]

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Saving the Bees

Grassy hillsides during a California spring are typically painted in an array of different colors with large swashes of green or brown (depending on April showers), pops of purple and orange, and bright patches of white. Stretches of California poppies and plumes of painted ladies contribute to the bright orange […]

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This Earth Day create green space while staying indoors

The 50th Anniversary of Earth Day is taking place today and in celebration of this momentous movement, let’s take a look back to understand the origin of one of largest secular movements in the world while looking forward to what we can do to celebrate in this difficult time. The […]

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What is Your Plate-Print? (Part I)

By Tanessa Hartwig We are officially enjoying the fall season in the Santa Monica Mountains! The night air is crisp, farmers markets are full, and morning mists are rolling in more frequently.  In many parts of North America, October and November mark the end of the harvest season; the last […]

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Spring into Clean and Make it Green!

By Danielle Alvarez Spring has quickly sprung upon us in sunny southern California after a very, VERY rainy winter. But alas, the temperatures are rising, the sun is shining, and it is time for some spring cleaning. Whether you have a ritual of periodically performing a deep clean throughout your […]

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Planting All the Pieces: Post-fire tips for recovery of a fire-damaged property

By Danielle Alvarez, Biologist, RCDSMM Editor’s note: Post updated to reflect salient comments by Marti Witter, Fire Ecologist at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area – Thanks Marti! ~Tanessa Hartwig, Environmental Services Coordinator, RCDSMM, Feb 12, 2019 I don’t think anyone needs convincing that conditions are getting more extreme […]

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Here Come the Rains

While we wait and pray to the rain gods for some love down in southern California, being prepared for a rain storm to hit is becoming ever more important. Even though the state of California is no longer in a drought emergency, climate change continues to threaten southern California’s water […]

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Tips to transform your swimming pool to a healthier, more environmentally-friendly, backyard oasis.

by Lizzy Montgomery If I could change anything about my Los Angeles apartment, it would be the swimming pool.  Don’t get me wrong – I love that I can dive in on a sweltering day for an instantaneous cool off, a little exercise, and family fun as well.  But, in […]

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