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Snakes on a Lawn


A Message from Nature of Wildworks

As we approach the summer months and temperatures start to rise, our local native snakes and other reptiles will begin emerging from hibernation to spend their summer out and about. One of their primary activities is feeding on rodents such as rats, mice, squirrels and gophers so it's nice to know they are out there keeping down those populations for us.

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Listen to this fun PSA created by Ken Mazur and Susan Clark of Topanga Animal Resue.
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Animal Emergency Plans link:




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Fire Season is especially critical this year. 
The combination of low humidity, no rain, dense and dry brush, and Santa Ana winds are a huge threat to the Santa Monica Mountains. Case in point: a fire broke out January 14th around the 1200 block of Old Topanga Canyon Road. Approximately 2 acres of land burned. The winds caused some spot fires, but they were extinguished with the help of air support. Old Topanga Canyon was immediately cut off on both ends allowing only emergency responders access to the area. A command post was located at Viewridge. The fire was 100% contained within 4 hours, but resources remained throughout the night. Many thanks to T-CEP, who was right on top of getting the word out in the canyon
In case of future incidents, follow T-CEP's Emergency Status Monitor, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Caring for Your Trees During Drought


An Article by the RCDSMM's Rosi Dagit in the June 24 Edition of The Canyon Chronicle
Article posted:  June 29, 2022, 2:00 p.m.

"While our long-lived trees are able to withstand quite a bit, the combination of almost 20 years of below-normal precipitation and more days with extreme heat, they are being pushed to their limit.

If your trees have not usually had irrigation, then the best strategy... "

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NO Fireworks in Topanga on the 4th of July - or Ever!

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Keep Topanga Safe. Refrain From Using Fireworks to Celebrate July 4
Article posted:  June 29, 2022, 1:00 p.m.

Not only is Topanga designated a Severe High Fire Risk area, it is also one of the most difficult areas in the state to defend in a wildfire. Fireworks can start brush fires, and are prohibited in unincorporated LA County. DO NOT set them off in our mountains!

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Info Sheet: Public Safety Power Shutoffs

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Assistance for Critical Care Customers and Other Customer Care Programs for SCE Public Safety Power Shutoffs
Posted: August 3, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

A helpful fact sheet from Southern California Edison offers crucial information about customer care programs available to assist during public safety power shutoffs (PSPS), including generator and battery backup rebates, assistance for critical care customers that rely on medical devices, and more.

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Sheriffs Dept. Topanga Town Hall

Sheriff's Department Community Conversation from July 16, 2020
Posted July 18, 2020

Thank you to those residents who were able to participate in the town hall meeting.  The Topanga Town Council will follow up with the Sheriff's Department on questions that were not addressed at the virtual meeting and will post on OneTopanga.com when we receive the answers.  The Town Council is working to arrange another town hall/community conversation with law enforcement soon.
For those who did not particpate in the meeting, here is a link to that virtual exchange:  click here.

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Play Outside

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Phone Apps to Help You Explore Nature in Topanga
By Eleanor Zeri, The Canyon Chronicle

Since Topanga is that rare place, where there is plenty of opportunity to explore the nature around you, I have taken a quick look at the Nature apps for smartphones. In the words of Emerson, “Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” So, go out, and stay connected in nature with these fun apps.

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