All Conservation Announcements

SFVAS Supports Eliminating The Use of Anticoagulant Rodenticides

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

On February 2, 2014 I sent the following letter/email to the 5 city councilmembers whose territory overlaps ours. Additional information can be found at (including email addresses). This is a critical opportunity for everyone to participate in stopping the indiscriminate poisoning of animals – at least on a local level.

Public Comment for Council File #13-1580:
The San Fernando Valley Audubon Society urges you to support eliminating the use of anticoagulant rodenticides by all Los Angeles City departments via the process begun with Council File #13-1580 (motion by Tom LaBonge and Paul Koretz).
Anticoagulants have been proven to kill more than just rats, gophers, squirrels and mice. They also kill owls, hawks, bobcats, mountain lions, dogs, cats – and have even poisoned children. It takes several days for the target animal to die. This weakens them and makes them more susceptible to predation. The predators then accumulate poison in their bodies, subjecting them to unintended pain, suffering and death. As many as 90% of some local predator populations now have these poisons in their bodies. Barn Owl populations in the Sepulveda Basin have plummeted in the last 15 years.

We are actively trying to reintroduce and support Barn Owls in the Basin by installing nest boxes. However, these actions will be futile if the Department of Recreation and Parks, the golf course operators, and private extermination companies continue their outdoor use of these chemicals.

We believe that re-establishing a balanced natural ecosystem will be more effective, less expensive, and more humane than continuing the current and expanding use of long lasting, bio-accumulating, non-species specific poisons.

Thank you,
Kris Ohlenkamp
Conservation Chair


Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Information on the proposed development in Browns and Mormon Canyons – Hidden Creek Estates_Information Article_mo_rl_dt

Water Board Files Notice of Intent to Sue the Corps over Sepulveda Basin

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The ACOE is given sixty days to develop a restoration proposal and future notification procedures for actions taken in the waterways of the Sepulveda Basin South Wildlife Reserve.  Be sure to read the L.A. Times and Daily News November 1st for coverage of this filing.

L.A. Regional Water Board Files Notice of Intent to Sue U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Community Restoration Proposal

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Sepulveda Basin South Wildlife Area Community Restoration Proposal

Kris Ohlenkamp with assistance from the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation (as directed by the City Council of Los Angeles)  has created a restoration plan for the South Wildlife Area of the Sepulveda Basin.  To date,  the restoration plan has been endorsed by the following local community organizations. 

Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council – 9/4/2013

The Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Areas Steering Committee

California Native Plant Society – Los Angeles Chapter

The Sierra Club – Angeles Chapter

Encino Neighborhood Council

San Fernando Valley Audubon Society

Los Angeles Audubon Society

California Audubon Society

The River Project

Friends of Los Angeles River (FOLAR)

others to follow.

Notice of availability for NASA Draft EIS for Santa Susana Field Laboratory clean-up

Friday, August 2nd, 2013
Notes to NASA EIS announcement

     The message below announces the availability of the NASA Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) pertaining to the clean-up of the NASA-administered portions of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (also known as Rocketdyne).

  SFVAS believes this DEIS contains major deficiencies, primarily due to the approach to the clean-up, which requires the removal, transport and disposal of one-half million tons of soil.

   Among the flaws in the resulting DEIS are the failure to consider alternative clean-up proposals, ignoring the function of the NASA property as a wildlife corridor connecting the Santa Susana Mountains and Los Padres National Forest to the Santa Monica Mountains, and underestimates of bird usage of the area from studies that ignore the work of SFVAS’s San Fernando Valley Bird Observatory on neighboring portions of the site.

  Please attend the upcoming meetings, announced below.  Ask questions, express your displeasure about the DEIS, and send NASA your comments in writing. 

Notice of availability for NASA Draft EIS for Santa Susana Field Laboratory clean


For additional information contact Mark Osokow at – gro.nouduavfsnull@wokosO.kraM.