The Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM) has proudly served the local community with its programs in watershed management, restoration, research and education for over 50 years. The RCDSMM has planned and implemented riparian and wetland restoration projects, conducted monitoring for various sensitive habitats and species, worked toward the recovery of endangered fish populations, implemented habitat creation and enhancement, and planned interpretive design projects.
The RCDSMM works with public and private landowners to conserve natural resources throughout the Santa Monica Mountains and environs. We focus on the following in our projects and activities:
- Restoring native habitat and monitoring endangered species
- Providing environmental education to local schools
- Translating scientific research into practical solutions
- Promoting water conservation and improving water quality
- Collaborating on local projects with our partners, including local, state and federal agencies and organizations
- Offering a variety of volunteer opportunities
The RCD is Hiring! Conservation Biologist needed
Excellent opportunity to work with a dynamic natural resources organization and create your own projects! The RCDSMM is looking for an experienced, self-motivated scientist to assist with current field research and restoration work while generating and leading new projects to study and enhance the habitat and natural resources of the Santa Monica Mountains. We offer a proven record of successful grant applications and project support, mentoring by a well-recognized researcher, flexible schedule, CalPERS retirement and a great work environment. For more information, please see the announcement.
The RCDSMM is looking for students who want experience in hands-on field and laboratory work. Dates are variable throughout the summer, but a commitment to attend all project dates is required. No experience necessary. For more information, please see the flyer.
Hwy 101 Wildlife Crossing Project
Check out this video by local high school student John Monday documenting our local "mountain ghosts" and why it is important for them to be able to successfully cross the most difficult entry/exit barrier to the Santa Monica Mountains:
New Threats to Oaks and Other Trees in Southern California: Goldspotted Oak Borer and Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer
Rene Russo narrates this video describing invasive species that are devastating trees in parts of southern California:
Adopt a Topanga Turtle!
GIVE A MEMORABLE GIFT AND SUPPORT THE RCDSMM AND THE LOCAL TURTLE POPULATION BY ADOPTING ONE OF THE NATIVE SOUTHWESTERN POND TURTLES! SEE PDF FOR MORE DETAILS!