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Chapter president Helena Bowman shares updates on rainfall, programs, field trips, and upcoming native plant events.
A couple of years ago, my attention was caught by a series of beautiful photos of native plants on Instagram that were unlike any I’d seen. Since then I have been lucky enough to get to know the photographer, Matt Smith, and learn more about his work. Matt brings a unique approach to photographing the plant species of LA, but what is even more impressive about his photography is the scope. Matt has set out to document every single one of the 3200+ plant species in Los Angeles County. I joined Matt last month on a hike in the San Gabriel Mountain foothills and took the opportunity to interview him about his project (spoiler alert - we didn’t find the fern).
The Plant Sale went very well. It was at the Monrovia Historical Museum in Monrovia. Such a perfect place to show off our plants! This year we had 2,000 plants and sold most of them!
In 2005, a proposal for a 200+ luxury gated housing development called 'Canyon Hills' was approved by L.A. City Council. Even back then, the project was controversial for its sweeping destruction of the Verdugo Mountains in Tujunga. Now, almost 20 years later, the developer wants to begin construction before the land-use agreement expires. Last month, residents learned that Whitebird Inc. had recently pulled a Grading Permit to begin gutting the mountain. This process entails grading the scenic hillsides, cutting some ridge-lines down 80 feet, paving over ecologically important mountain streams and ripping out hundreds of Coast Live Oak trees. But the botanists are mobilizing. A small but mighty group of plant and wildlife advocates have joined forces online and launched a campaign to protect this important wildland habitat. We are gaining momentum, and we plan to grow this effort all the way to the top.