Natural Habitat or Grass? South Pasadena Council to Decide
April 1, 2011 § 7 Comments
And today’s ticking time bomb for the remnant wildness of LA is in South Pasadena, along the Arroyo Seco. South Pasadena is considering taking over some undeveloped land between the Arroyo Seco Golf Course and the Arroyo Seco Nature Park. This undeveloped land has lovely habitat – which you can view in some detail at Barbara Eisenstein’s Wild Suburbia blog.
Conservation ecologists have taught me that habitat that established itself – as opposed to what we plant, even those of us with the best of intentions for creating habitat – is often of superior quality. In the restoration field, we do our best to observe and mimic natural patterns, but natural processes and site conditions ultimately provide the driver for the most suitable vegetation for a place. And it appears that natural processes did their work on this small parcel.
Economics are often the motivator behind tearing up nature – in this case, I’m guessing it’s about golf course revenues. Less apparent is the economic value of passive stormwater runoff cleansing, infiltration into local aquifers, or of a natural buffer – the effect of a few trees on maintaining property values, of a little carbon sequestration?
And yes, we’d probably want to time the replacement of the sod with the 10-year flood event.
You can provide public comment by emailing, calling, writing or faxing South Pasadena City Councilmen Michael Cacciotti, Philip Putnam, Richard Schneider, David Sifuentes, Mike Ten.
Emails should be written to the specific councilman, but sent via the city clerk, Sally Kilby: firstname.lastname@example.org
To leave a phone message call: 626-403-7218, press 1 for Cacciotti, 2 for Ten, 3 for Putnam, 4 for Schneider and 5 for Sifuentes.
Thanks to Barbara Eisenstein for making us aware of the issue and providing the contact info for the councilmen.