Santa Monica Mountains Task Force Receives National Sierra Club Award
SAN FRANCISCO Sept. 23, 2000 The Santa Monica Mountains Task Force, a
project sponsored by the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club, was among the individuals and
projects receiving national awards from the Sierra Club this year.
The Task Force received a Special Service Award for more than 25 years of work on
behalf of the Santa Monica Mountains. David Brown, conservation chair of the Task Force,
accepted the Special Service Award on behalf of the Task Force at the Sierra Clubs
annual awards banquet in San Francisco Sept. 23.
The Task Force was formed in 1972 to help educate the public, as well as elected and
appointed officials, on the importance of the Santa Monica Mountains as an environmental,
cultural and recreational resource.
The Task Force was instrumental in the creation of the Santa Monica Mountains National
Recreation Area in 1978. Since then, it has worked to protect and increase the area
dedicated to parkland and recreation. Task force members have worked closely with public
officials to initiate a priority list of significant wildlands for acquisition and to
become involved in open space and trail use decisions.
The Task Force sponsors a variety of regular outings such as birdwalks and evening
hikes to introduce people to the mountains and to build a constituency of park users who
will support efforts to save open space and wildlife habitat. A volunteer trail crew, led
by Ron Webster, has built and maintained many of the trails in the Santa Monica Mountains
and adjacent areas.
The Sierra Club, which was founded in 1892 by John Muir, is the countrys oldest
and largest grassroots environmental organization. It currently has more than 600,000
The Angeles Chapter is the Sierra Clubs oldest and largest chapter with more than
56,000 members, and will be celebrating its 90th birthday next year. For more information
on the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club, visit their website at http://www.angeles.sierraclub.org. For information on the Santa Monica Mountains Task Force, write them at Box 344, Woodland
Hills CA 91365-0344.