Friday, April 25, 2014

What does the park tell us about the drought?

What was Los Angeles at the time of Native Americans and what can it be again? (WF)
After some rain earlier in the week, Griffith Park is a greener (Maya Sugarman/KPCC)
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The drought has some people thinking: What would L.A. look like without lawns and sprinklers? Above its watered golf courses and picnic areas, Griffith Park is a snapshot of Southern California without the lattice of plastic and rusted irrigation pipes.
At the moment, LA's "central park" is a shining emerald of green, which may seem counterintuitive given that the state as a whole is experiencing one of the worst droughts on record.

Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants (
Where's the Moon? Uposatha Pasadena
Biologists say that late season rains have helped awaken plants that normally grow earlier in the winter. While flowers and flora in general are making a late rally from the searingly dry early winter months, their success does not mean an end to the drought.
“The plants are not a good indicator of how bad the situation is," said Dan Cooper, a biologist who conducts wildlife surveys around the  Southland. "We can be fooled by looking at all these wildflowers and greenery and thinking we’re out of the drought, but just because you see a lot of green and wildflowers, we’re definitely not out of the drought.” LISTEN

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Leaders gather in LA to address human trafficking (and SEXUAL slavery) in California The gathering will explore the best practices statewide to combat the crime statewide. The event features officials and lawmakers from L.A., San Diego, and Alameda counties.

Blooming in the urban concrete jungle
Fritz Haeg’s Wildflowering L.A. project (commissioned and organized by LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) will culminate this weekend, April 26-27 at THE SHED: 1355 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena, 91103. 12:00-6:00 pm daily.

The bees and frogs are returning (WF)
LA’s emerging space for urban permaculture, planning, and land use by La Loma Development Company, the exhibit features flowers and photos fresh from project sites presented on a vast L.A. County map, along with project archives, artist-designed posters, educational activities for all ages, conversations with experts including representatives from the Theodore Payne Foundation and project participants, a live broadcast by KCHUNG, music by Pawing at the Ceiling, seasonal refreshments by Thank You For Coming, and more. See a MAP of all 50 sites and streaming #wildfloweringla updates.

Who needs a thirsty lawn when everyone can have a water-free garden? (

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