Sycamore Canyon Saved Forever!

Wildlife Habitat Forever Protected in Chevy Chase Canyon

10 acres of pristine Sycamore Canyon in the heart of Chevy Chase Canyon has been acquired as a permanent wildlife migration corridor by The Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy.   Read and see the AFC’s story below.

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“This time last year, The Arroyo & Foothills Conservancy asked you to help us pursue the purchase of Sycamore Canyon – ten acres of open space habitat in Glendale, and THE critical connector for wildlife passage through the San Rafael Hills. Hundreds of you stepped up to donate, visit, and advocate for the permanent preservation of this property. We’re so grateful for everything you did – and it made a huge difference.

Today, we’re thrilled to announce that, driven by your support and commitment, AFC has been awarded a grant of $1.023 million by the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) to acquire and permanently conserve Sycamore Canyon as natural habitat for wildlife.

HOW WE GOT HERE: URBAN CONSERVATION TAKES A VILLAGE

Back in 2013, we began surveying these 10 acres in Glendale for potential wildlife usage. Through camera research, ecological studies, GIS mapping, and community canvassing, we identified Sycamore Canyon as one of the most critical wildlife passage routes across Chevy Chase Drive.

With this grant we can take decisive action to protect this corridor that serves as a lifeline for many species, including mule deer, coyotes, black bears, and bobcats. Additionally, saving and restoring the native habitat of Sycamore Canyon will preserve the oak woodland, chaparral, and riparian habitats along the canyon’s seasonal steam, and protect this precious habitat, in perpetuity, for pollinators, birds, herpetofauna, and wildlife of all sizes.

In addition to the generous grant from CNRA, the support from so many local residents, conservationists, Chevy Chase Estates Association, and the City of Glendale, has been instrumental in our ability to pursue this project. 265 of our community members toured Sycamore to understand its value for wildlife, and hundreds more donated to our fundraising campaign.”

Up next, the gathering of Chevy Chase neighbors into a community of Sycamore Canyon land stewards.  Stay tuned.

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Sycamore Canyon Saved Forever! — 2 Comments

  1. Very happy to hear this. I am familiar with the property. I have good memories of that area. Good friends of ours used to live there. So nice to hear the land surrounding it is being preserved. (I still worry about the creatures crossing Chevy Chase, though.)

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