Welcome to the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains

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 

 

Topanga Turtles Need Your Help

The population of southwestern pond turtles in the Topanga watershed is struggling to survive the 4th year of drought.  Check out this article in the Topanga Messenger on the situation and how you can help: Turtle Sanctuary.

 

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:

https://youtu.be/2xVfLm9gqqg

 

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:  

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHfGaoft8jI

 

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!

 ADOPT A TOPANGA TURTLE.pdf