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Parks to chair Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy; Goal is to promote 101 wildlife corridor

February 20, 2014

Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks has been named chair of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy for 2014.

Parks, a longtime advocate of open space and environmental issues, was selected by the voting members of the conservancy for a one-year term. She’s served on the board for nearly 12 years but this will be her first time as chair.

Parks’ goal as chair is to promote the construction of the Liberty Canyon Wildlife Corridor across the 101 Freeway to improve the chances of survival for threatened species in the Santa Monica Mountains, including mountain lions and bobcats.

Several mountain lions have recently been struck by cars and killed while trying to cross roads, including the 101 Freeway.

Studies have shown that a lack of safe road crossings is the primary contributor to loss of the mountain lion species in the Santa Monica Mountains, in addition to causing a lack of genetic diversity because of the inability of the lions to roam.

The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy’s next meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m., Mon., Feb. 24 at Agoura High School. A field trip to tour the site of the potential land bridge will take place at 5 p.m. that evening at the intersection of Agoura Road and Vendell Place off the Liberty Canyon exit.