With its complex geography and mild climate, California in general and Southern California in particular ranks as one of the 25 most important biodiversity and conservation hotspots on the planet. Nestled against the second largest urban area in the United States, the Santa Monica Mountains constitute a key component of this biological richness.
The Santa Monica Mountains is also a region with one of the highest concentrations of rare, threatened, and endangered species in the United States. It is comprised of 26 distinct natural communities with over 1,000 species of plants, 45 mammals, 400 birds, and 35 species of reptiles and amphibians. At least 50 of those species are threatened or endangered with extinction.
The most important goal of the La Kretz League is to work as a team to help protect, conserve, and preserve the precious biological resources that exist in California, with a local focus on the Santa Monica Mountains.
Become a Member
Become a member of the La Kretz League and help us continue to protect and preserve California’s biodiversity and unique ecosystems through research, education, and public programs.
Upcoming League Events
All League members are invited to three annual activities or events, and encouraged to meet and interact with our broad group of faculty and student affiliates.
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