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 

 

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

 

Coastal Cleanup Day Crayfish Roundup 

RCDSMM volunteers and staff spent a couple of hours in Topanga Creek on Saturday September 21 fishing for crayfish.  Check out the results and photos here: Crayfish Roundup

 

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