The Habitat Authority is committed to protecting, maintaining and restoring the native environment to increase biodiversity for the public benefit. Ecological sustainability and recreation are managed in a balanced approach. The Habitat Authority developed a Resource Management Plan (RMP), which was approved in 2007. The RMP is designed to guide the preservation and recreational uses of land managed and/or owned by the Habitat Authority. The main components of the RMP include habitat restoration, fuel modification management, a trails plan, an interpretive element and cultural resource management all within the Puente Hills.
One responsibility of the Habitat Authority is to inform and educate the public with respect to ecological aspects of the Puente Hills. Please visit our Ecologist’s blog (Puente Hills Nature) for posts on various topics. We encourage comments and questions.
The term “habitat restoration” refers to the process of restoring the functional aspects of a given ecosystem to a semblance of its pre-disturbed state. As a result of more than 100 years of human land use, the majority of the Puente Hills contains disturbed habitats, including those dominated by non-native vegetation. The Habitat Authority has implemented or participated in restoration projects on approximately 207 acres of disturbed Authority lands, including coastal sage scrub, native grassland, riparian habitats, and oak/walnut woodland. Click here for more information on habitat restoration, and here for information regarding mitigation opportunities with the Habitat Authority.
To help us better manage the hills, we have supported and/or participated in several biological scientific studies such as:
Harbor Boulevard Wildlife Underpass
In May 2006, construction of a new wildlife underpass was completed at Harbor Boulevard. Our wild neighbors now have an underpass designed and built exclusively for their safe passage under this busy thoroughfare. It is a win-win for the wildlife and for the motorists on the road too! It is the first wildlife underpass built in the County of Los Angeles.
The Harbor Boulevard Wildlife Underpass is the linkage point within this Corridor for approximately 4,600 acres of publicly protected habitat to the west and about 14,000 acres of publicly protected habitat to the east. It strengthens the biodiversity of all lands to the west and adds to the richness in the east. Harbor Boulevard was constructed in 1990 with oversight to wildlife movement in the area. Wildlife populations west of Harbor, especially the bobcat population, would have become completely isolated, and possibly extirpated, if safe passage across Harbor Boulevard was not created.
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