Connecting Open Space
Habitat fragmentation is an ongoing concern for the plant and animal species of the Santa Monica Mountains. Human development hinders the ability of species to move between natural areas and obtain the resources needed to survive. It is critical that wildlife corridors are established and maintained between the Santa Monica Mountains, Simi Hills, and the Santa Susana Mountains. The Fund works to raise awareness about connectivity and advocates for development of wildlife crossings for the highways that border or intersect the Santa Monica Mountains. In addition, it funds research that allows leaders to make fact-based decisions about this issue.
A Wildlife Crossing at Liberty Canyon
Park wildlife scientists recommend the creation of a wildlife corridor to assist mountain lions, bobcats and other species in crossing Route 101. In the ten years that scientists have maintained records, only one lion has survived the highway crossing.
- Mountain lions in Santa Monica Mountains need more room (Los Angeles Times)
- Mountain lion killed on 101 Freeway was from north, officials say (Los Angeles Times)
- DNA From Dead Mountain Lion Proves Need for 101 Freeway Wildlife Crossing (KCET)