|The University of California Cooperative Extension's Natural Resources Program provides research-based information, tools and training to serve as the basis for sound natural resource management in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The unique physical geography of Southern California makes it an internationally recognized center for biological diversity and contains a wide variety of significant natural habitats, from marine communities, coastal wetlands and beaches to trout streams, oak woodlands, chaparral, sage scrub, desert and mountain-top pine forests. These counties are also home to approximately 10.5 million people, about a third of all Californians. With demands of a growing human population, an increasing number of local species--more than any other region in the continental United States--are threatened or endangered.
UC Cooperative Extension advisors work closely with local, state and federal agencies and service providers, community organizations, educational institutions and interdisciplinary natural resource groups to plan and implement educational and applied research programs to improve resource management in Southern California.
Our advisor maintains expert knowledge in the following areas: habitat and species conservation and restoration; conservation planning; watershed education; and invasive plants.
Sabrina Drill Natural resources/watershed management (LA and Ventura counties)
California Naturalist Program
The UC California Naturalist Program is designed to introduce Californians to the wonders of our unique ecology and engage the public in study and stewardship of California's natural communities. The program uses a science curriculum, hands-on learning, problem-solving, citizen science and community service to instill a deep appreciation for the natural communities and to inspire individuals to become stewards of their local resources. (Click here to check out our list of partner organizations.)
Water is by far the most important limiting factor for life in Southern California, whether for people or animals. For this reason, the program focuses on natural resources from a watershed perspective and the management, conservation and restoration of aquatic, riparian and upland habitats.
Taking watershed education one step further, Cooperative Extension developed an English as a Second Language curriculum for English learners. The curriculm is designed to introduce new U.S. residents and other ESL students to the natural environment in central Los Angeles and to foster environmental stewardship.
The Natural Resources program looks at ways to maintain or improve the health of ecosystems that are severely damaged by invasive plants. Damage reduces available water and increases the risk of floods and fires.
Wildfire is a natural part of the ecosystems of Southern California. UC resources can help you prepare your home and landscape for wildland fire as well as help recovery in wildland areas.