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 almost 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 

 

Seeking Part-Time Biologist

The RCDSMM needs a biologist to assist with field work and data management.  The position is 30 hours per month with additional hours dependent on funding and weather.  For more information, please see the flyer.

Summer Internships

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.

 

A State of Harmony

If you have ever wondered what a Resource Conservation District or a Land Trust does, check out this video.  "A State of Harmony" depicts the shared land ethic behind the important protection and stewardship work being done by RCDs and Land Trusts in California. 

 

Southern California Steelhead: Against All Odds 

Watch this video documenting the history and current status of the southern steelhead trout:  

Southern California Steelhead: Against All Odds

  

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  

 

Energy Conservation Public Service Announcement

Watch this clever PSA produced by the LA DWP and the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation to learn how to protect our environment by reducing your energy usage: Energy PSA