LAAS joins conservation groups calling for science-based wildland fire management

Fires in California’s scrublands and forests are in integral part of their ecology. Research in the past 20 years has shown that protection of life and property must be based on understanding that large wind-driven wildfires are what cause nearly all of the devastation in our communities. The State of California is still holding on to the outdated idea that fire suppression has resulted in the loss of life and property and that massive wildland vegetation removal would reduce the risk to structures from wind-driven fires. It won’t.

The California Chaparral Institute has been a leader on this issue for nearly two decades and spearheaded the attached letter from conservation groups on the most recent “Vegetation Treatment Program” proposed by the State. It contains extensive background information and we encourage interested parties to read the letter and its attachments.

LAAS voices opposition to federal rule excluding seasonal wetlands from protection

Los Angeles Audubon Society’s Board voted to join 83 conservation groups across the nation in a comment letter opposing new federal action that would have the result of excluding seasonal wetlands from the Farm Bill’s seasonal wetland conservation compliance standards. Habitat loss is the main driver of bird declines and the federal government under the Trump Administration is working to erode sensible and well-formulated policies that protect habitat.

Comment on Draft EIS for Santa Susana Field Laboratory Remediation

The Department of Energy released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement covering Area IV and the Northern Buffer Zone of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory in January of 2017.  Los Angeles Audubon Society has submitted comments calling for a full cleanup committed to by the Department of Energy in 2010. The different options considered in the DEIS would leave as much as 39%, 91%, or 99% of the contamination on the site.