To Whom It May Concern:
The San Fernando Valley Audubon Society and Los Angeles Audubon Society are
Hansen Dam has been identified as an Audubon California Important Bird Area (IBA), a national designation which acknowledges its biodiversity. Its unique mix of habitat for birds include coastal sage scrub and alluvial scrub, a very rare habitat limited to southwestern California with bird community similar to that of coastal sage scrub. The area (including adjacent gravel pits) supports Lesser Nighthawk, Greater Roadrunner, Costa’s Hummingbird, Cactus Wren, Loggerhead Shrike, as well as several other sensitive vertebrates nearly gone from the Los Angeles Area, including San Diego Black-tailed Jackrabbit and probably also San Diego Horned Lizard. Hansen Dam also supports a wide diversity of wintering passerines with Christmas Bird Counts typically finding over 100 species. Recent developments such as the construction of a large golf course have already reduced the amount of native vegetation and habitat considerably. Large public events at Hansen Dam like the Fourth of July celebration have also put stress on local wildlife.
We strongly oppose the first choice of siting for the multiple use equestrian park (as indicated in the Warhorse and Militaria Foundation Project Description) because the area east of the
On April 19, Kimball Garrett, Ornithology Curator of the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History led a Los Angeles Audubon and San Fernando Valley Audubon Hansen Dam Task Force to tour the multiple use equestrian park project site as defined in the War Horse and Militaria Foundation’s own project description. The team also included the Executive Director of Los Angeles Audubon, Garry George and San Fernando Valley Audubon Co- Conservation Chair Kris Ohlenkamp. This survey found that the area to the East of the
In conclusion, we find that the first choice of the project area is improper, as it would impair and degrade unique and irreplaceable habitat, while jeopardizing endangered species. We urge you to require that an Environmental Impact Report be required for this project and to support the War Horse and Militaria’s second choice of project area, across from the Hansen Dam Sports Area.
Seth Shteir, Vice President
San Fernando Valley Audubon
Garry George, Executive Director
Los Angeles Audubon