Collaboration Aims to Save Failing Ecology

by Austin Dave, Staff Writer 0

A local forestry unit is taking steps to restore a soon-to-be lost Santa Clarita Valley ecosystem.

Crews are working to remove invasive weeds from the Bouquet Canyon Creek in order to protect and improve existing urban ecosystems as well as those in danger of expiration.

“Invasive species get into the ecosystem, spread downstream and push out native species,” said U.S. Department of Agriculture Conservationist Hudson Minshew. “Not only do they harm our ecosystem, they cause a lot of infrastructure damage,” he said.

Officials say the project – which launched Fall 2011 – aims to improve watershed, decrease flooding events and reduce fire hazards by removing the nonnative plants.

“This type of arundo usually grows in a riparian area which is typically wet,” said Los Angeles County Fire Department Assistant Chief Bill Niccum. “This particular species [of weeds] has a tendency to dry out – once it does, it will aid the spread of fire,” he said.

The problematic Bouquet Canyon area officials hope to tackle is prone to seasonal flooding, especially after fires, a problem that land owners and residents in the area are barred from handling.

“We still have dead wood from the last fire that needs to be cleaned out of the creek bed,” said homeowner Don Benson. “Our hands are tied,” he said.

Current laws restrict landowners from interfering with the flow of ecosystem services, referred to as a negative easement.

“The invasive weeds only further complicate the problem,” he added.

Antelope Valley Resource Conversation District representatives say the task will take place on a 3.5 mile stretch of Bouquet Canyon Creek south of the Angeles National Forest and north of the City of Santa Clarita in unincorporated Los Angeles County.

Austin Dave, Staff Writer

Austin spent two years in the GVTV television production class at Golden Valley High School — one year on the staff and one year as the student producer. Following graduation in June 2009 he enrolled in the News Media class at College of the Canyons, where he enjoys his position as Web Director of Cougar News Online (CougarNews.com). In his spare time, Austin films and edits projects for local businesses, schools and bands. Video editing and cinematography are his two deepest passions. He enjoys living in the city of Santa Clarita and is the youngest member of the SCVTV staff.

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