To preserve wildlife in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area for present and future generations, requires viable corridors by which animals can move in a relatively natural fashion. That’s not just a concern for mountain lions. Studies by the National Park Service in these mountains suggest even much smaller animals, and even some bird species, can be threatened by urban fragmentation with roads becoming barriers. 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. In 2014 the Santa Monica Mountains Fund signed an agreement to collaborate with the National Wildlife Federation to promote wildlife crossings in the Santa Monica Mountains. Together we have been supporting the work of scientists and other resource managers in a planning effort with the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) to identify a specific crossing for U.S. Highway 101 in the Liberty Canyon area. Preliminary work has been completed in the past year and the effort has now advanced to design, engineering and compliance. Currently, there are no funds for the construction of this project, so we desperately need your continuing support through contributions and active participation. Thank you – Keep Up the Good Work!
WILDLIFE CORRIDOR DONATION FORM
Support the Wildlife Corridor / #3313
Yes, I want to support the Liberty Canyon Wildlife Corridor project in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Because no tangible benefits are given to the donor, this contribution is fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, pursuant to the IRS nonprofit determination for the Santa Monica Mountains Fund, Tax ID# 95-4187832.