“Anchored in the south by the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex and to the north by the Hopper Mountain Refuge Complex, the SoCal Urban Wildlife Refuge Project reaches deep into Los Angeles’ diverse urban core where the revitalization of the Los Angeles River is bringing back nature to urban residents.”
This post is personal to me, I grew-up in Los Angeles knowing the history of the Los Angeles River—I’ve walked parts of the river before the improvements and now we (family) enjoy some of the improvements that let us appreciate the flora and fauna along the way.
This past weekend, conservation partnerships held an event celebrating the revitalization of the Los Angeles River. Along with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Los Angeles Conservation Corps and the Friends of the Los Angeles River put this effort together as a part of the Southern California Urban Wildlife Refuge Project that reaches deep into Los Angeles, San Diego and Ventura’s diverse urban core.
I love their goal, to bring back nature to its residents and underscore the importance of wildlife and natural habitat conservation, which are essential components to sustaining healthy communities. Some folks may not know that the area around the LA River is 57% Hispanic so this effort is of particular importance to our community.
“With eighty percent of Americans now living in cities, there is an increasing challenge of how to connect current and future generations with National Wildlife Refuges and the outdoors. The goal of the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program is to reach into communities to find ways to connect urban youth with America’s natural wonders.”
For those of you in the Los Angeles area who have never checked out the river walk or bike lanes, it’s a great way to reconnect with nature in the city. — A.O.