ECORP Participates in Los Angeles City Councilmember's Hike with the Community

 

Since 2007, ECORP has been conducting biological and mitigation area management services at the Big Tujunga Wash Mitigation Area (Mitigation Area), which is owned by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (LACDPW). To keep the site in compliance with the Master Mitigation Plan and the Streambed Alteration Agreement permit issued by California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), ECORP implements programs such as exotic plant and wildlife removal efforts, trail and site maintenance efforts, brown-headed cowbird trapping, focused surveys for special-status wildlife species, annual water quality analyses, vegetation mapping, and agency coordination. In addition, ECORP assists LACDPW with Community Advisory Committee meetings and provides on-the-ground educational outreach to the English and Spanish-speaking recreationists who use the trails in the Mitigation Area. 

In February of 2014, Los Angeles City Councilmember Felipe Fuentes (Council District 7 – Pacoima, Sunland Tujunga, and Lake View Terrace) hiked through the Mitigation Area with LACDPW and ECORP’s biologists as part of his efforts to experience firsthand the natural areas in his district. The Councilmember was so impressed with the resources in the Mitigation Area and the efforts put forth by LACDPW and ECORP to preserve the area in its natural state, that he scheduled his second “Fuentes Family Hike” through the Mitigation Area. Councilmember Fuentes diligently reaches out to his constituents and encourages them to venture out to see the unique places that are present so close to their own backyards. 

Early in the morning on May 31, approximately 60 people from all over District 7 arrived at the Mitigation Area. They were excited at the idea of being able to hike the tree-covered trails running along Big Tujunga Wash and Haines Canyon Creek and around the Tujunga Ponds. Not only were the participants able to spend some quality time with Councilmember Fuentes, they were also able to talk and interact with two representatives from LACDPW and biologists from ECORP. The LACDPW representatives filled the attendees in on the history of the Mitigation Area and how the site is used to offset impacts from other LACDPW projects located within the Los Angeles River Basin. ECORP’s biologists explained the many programs being conducted at the site and educated the participants about the plants and wildlife that are present in the Mitigation Area.

This was a fantastic opportunity for ECORP to interact with community members that use the Mitigation Area for recreational purposes as well as to increase the general awareness of the importance of preserving natural areas, even in the midst of a highly urbanized area. 

For more information contact Mari Quillman at (714) 648-0630.