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For information about the conservancy, select "The GCC" link above.
The conservation calendar at sgm-conservancies.info lists conservation events and activities. Stop by to see what is going on that could be fun for you and your family.
The Colby fire impacted four of the Glendora/SGMRC properties.
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- Colby Trail Watershed Properties
- Upper Colby Trail / Glendora Mountain Road Watershed Properties
- Easley Canyon / North Watershed Properties
- Vasquez Rancho / East Watershed Properties
You can help the restoration by making a donation through PayPal and you do not need a PayPal account. 100% of the donation will go to restoration.
The Colby Fire broke out early Thursday morning (Jan. 16, 2014) and raced downhill into residential areas, destroying the Glendora watershed and sending smoke billowing into the air that was visible throughout Southern California.
Death of a Trail: Give the region hope for soon return of this popular trail through your donations and your service hours - The Colby Trail (owned and managed by the Glendora Conservancy). Thank you.
Photo by Dr. Scott Kinnes
For the San Gabriel Mountains Regional Conservancy (SGMRC), it's been more than a grueling and heart-wrenching past few days, an overwhelming loss of more than half of the watershed properties. The Colby Trail and properties was the very first watershed property investment made by the Conservancies (Glendora Conservancy and SGMRC), held, managed, and stewarded for more than two decades. The most recent tally of fire damage land assessments (which protect our native water supplies for Glendora and the region) totaled 400 acres lost/gone/toast of the 700 acres of Conservancy-owned watershed properties in the San Gabriel Foothills Corridor.
The Conservancies are back to square one, but not without hope. The losses of wildlife, plant communities, endangered species, and natural resources are immeasurable and uncountable.
Operation Phoenix for watershed lands recovery is already in motion. When the First Responders leave, the Conservancies already have the promise of recovery and renewal with commitment and promise of the CCC/LACFD, APU, and regional teachers and professors offering to help with fire ecology research, student projects, Scouts, rehabilitation, and recovery/restoration projects. The second phase of responders is already in motion and we invite all to participate in some way to be included in Operation Phoenix - rising from the ashes.
Photo by Peter Scott
It also should be pointed out with thankfulness that one of the miracles of the Colby Fire has been the Children's Forest Project - spared from the fires burning right up to the boundaries of this restoration project of more than a hundred oaks planted in October 2013. Our next planting and invitation to all to be a part is set for Saturday, February 1.
Photo by Peter Scott
The message of the Conservancies is, "We are here, counting the cost, planning for the future, and the dream continues."
2013 Wildlife of the San Gabriel Valley Calendar
The much anticipated 2013 Wildlife of the San Gabriel Valley Calendar is hot off the presses and available for sale now. This high quality, educationally and artistically collectable calendar makes a great gift for nature lovers, butterfly enthusiasts, and people who want to learn more about the common butterflies.
The calendar is SGMRC's main fundraising activity for the Santa Fe Dam Nature Center, Galster Park Nature Center, and Glendora Conservancy Nature Center. All proceeds from the sales of the Calendar will be used to fund Nature Center programs and education, plus feed migratory and resident birds, and live animals part of the Nature Center displays. Native plant, ethnobotany and demonstration gardens also receive funds for enhancement and improvements. All of our Nature Centers are entirely operated by volunteers, donations, and fundraising projects. Your donations and support mean a lot in continuing our important nature activities and projects in the region for all age groups.
Please support SGMRC's work and mission through your purchase of a Calendar today! The 2013 Wildlife Calendar is priced at $10 and available from the following places:
- Santa Fe Dam Nature Center, Irwindale
- Galster Nature Center, West Covina (626) 919-0715
- Glendora Conservancy Nature Center
- SGMRC Office, Glendora (626) 335-1771
- Powell Camera, Covina (626) 332-1253
OR send $10 plus $5 for shipping to:
P.O. Box 963
Glendora, CA 91740
Please provide a shipping address and an Email. We will notify you when the calendar is shipped.
The Glendora Conservancy is Celebrating
20 YEARS of SERVICE
to the Community and Region in:
Land Saving, Watershed Protection, Restoration Projects, Natural Resource Management, and Special Collaborative Project Successes with Endangered Species Rescue and Integrative Fire Management.
**Email your request, plus donation and pickup time at the Conservancy Office to obtain your Glendora Conservancy 20 YEAR Commemorative Patch. Minimum donation is $20. (email@example.com)
Sanctuary by Robert Bontrager
In the film, celebrate the Brodiaea in native habitat purchased, protected and stewarded by the Glendora Conservancy. A look at the land, plants, habitat found at the Glendora Reserve.
Sanctuary: A Film Tribute to the Endangered Brodiaea filifolia - a small plant which hailed the importance of biodiversity and rarity in starting the vital water/watershed protection movement across the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles County in the early 1990s. As it turns out, the Brodiaea has become a "poster" plant which brought attention to the fragile nature of society and cities building on sensitive habitat and watershed without thinking and planning for the future of natural resources and their foundation for healthy communities.
Photos by Benjamin Yoder