Current Issues

  • Open House at the Chatsworth Nature Preserve, Sunday April 2, 2017 (10am - 3pm). The public is invited to celebrate Earth Day inside the preserve, with guided nature walks around the ecology pond, ceremonial Chumash/Tataviam blessing, animal exhibits and more. Good free family fun. View the event flyer for more information.

    Stop by our Chatsworth Nature Preserve Coalition table at the event, come say hello, and learn about current issues effecting the nature preserve and its wildlife.

Working Together to Save a Crucial Wildlife Habitat in Los Angeles-San Fernando Valley

MISSION STATEMENT


We are pledged to preserve the largest remaining natural area in the northwestern San Fernando Valley region of the City of Los Angeles, with an Ecology Pond, seasonal wetlands and vernal pools, grasslands, oak woodlands and savanna, and riparian areas. We are working together to preserve all wildlife, and cultural and archaeological assets.

PURPOSE


The CNP Coalition has formed to protect this precious open space as a nature preserve for wildlife and to prevent any development or modifications that will negatively impact the habitat. The long-term vision is to incorporate the CNP within a larger network of wildlife corridors and protected open space.

BACKGROUND


The Chatsworth Nature Preserve (CNP) is a major City of Los Angeles open space preserve teeming with wildlife. More than 200 species of Birds are on site including, Residents: Greater Roadrunner, California Quail, woodpeckers, herons and egrets; Migrants: Canada Goose, Western Meadowlark, Tricolored Blackbird, and sapsuckers as well as a variety of ducks and shorebirds; Raptors: Ferruginous Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Long-eared Owl, and many others. There are notable Amphibians and Reptiles: western spadefoot toad, slender salamander, western skink, ring-necked snake, red racer and much more. The fauna includes large and small Mammals: desert cottontail rabbit, gray fox, coyote, raccoon, and occasional visits of bobcat, cougar and mule deer. Habitats include oak woodlands and savanna, riparian areas, chaparral, grassland, and an Ecology Pond. The seasonal wetlands, and vernal pools, as well as portions of the grasslands and riparian areas are now under threat by a poorly conceived modification project.

LEARN MORE:
Extended list of birds in the CNP
List of amphibians and reptiles in the CNP
Survey of vegetation in the CNP
Los Angeles Times photographs of the CNP


Ringed neck snake, great egret, black headed snake.
Photos by Sophia Wong

HISTORY

Recent History
Former Los Angeles City Councilman Hal Bernson, other community leaders and environmental organizations, worked together to create the "Chatsworth Nature Preserve". In 1994 all 1325 acres became protected under L.A. City Ordinance No. 169723, with limited uses to a Nature Preserve and related scientific studies and education. In recent years former LA City District 12 Councilman, Greig Smith, negotiated with the Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) on future management of the CNP. Ultimately a plan was proposed to modify the existing seasonal wetlands and adjacent areas on the west side of the preserve and transfer the area from DWP to RAP. Long-term plans may involve transferring additional CNP land, approximately 96 acres, to RAP. DWP will continue to own and manage the remaining acreage which includes the Ecology Pond.

LEARN MORE:
DWP 1974 letter regarding ecology pond

Film and TV
Like other picturesque parts of Chatsworth, the Chatsworth Nature Preserve --formerly Chatsworth Lake-- was a popular filming location for movies and TV. The rugged beauty of the regions' rock outcroppings, boulders, canyons, majestic oak trees, grasslands and lake became the cinema backdrop for "B" Westerns or "oaters". Movies filmed on CNP land included The Ten Commandments, Donovan's Brain, The Palomino, Susanna Pass, Sioux City Sue, Man from Rainbow Valley, Out California Way, Home on the Range, Hell's Angels, Tess of the Storm Country, and Three Word Brand. Television filming included The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin and Rin Tin Tin II, as well as the Dukes of Hazard.

CNPC ACTION

CNPC participation in Chatsworth Nature Preserve Open House
April 2, 2017 - 10am to 3pm
The Chatsworth Nature Preserve Coalition hosts an informational table at the CNP's 2017 Open House Earth Day celebration.

CNPC Statement to LA City Planning Opposing Andora Estates
September 20, 2016
Advises LA City Planners that Andora Estates proposed development would destroy CNP's protected wildlife corridor, and warns of faulty EIR biological assessments.

CNPC Statement to LA City Planning Opposing Andora Estates
September 19, 2016
Advises LA City Planners that Andora Estates proposed development would destroy CNP's protected wildlife corridor.

CNPC Letter to DWP Regarding Ecology Pond
July 12, 2016
Asks DWP to keep their commitments regarding the Ecology Pond and related wildlife, addressed to DWP General Manager Marci Edwards.

Tribute to Helen Treend (February 5, 1932 – July 10, 2015)
April, 2016
Honoring the life and passionate environmental activism of Helen Treend who helped lead the fight that saved the nature preserve's lands from development.

DEIR Comment Letter against Andora Estates Proposed Development
April 18, 2016
Addresses detrimental impact of proposed luxury housing development on the Chatsworth Nature Preserve and its wildlife corridor

Statement and call for action against proposed Hidden Creeks Estates housing development.
December 24, 2015

Ecology Pond Essay, Importance of the Chatsworth Nature Preserve Ecology Pond and Proposal for its Preservation
July 30, 2015

Letter to Marcie Edwards, General Manager DWP
July 09, 2015
Addresses DWP's management practices of CNP Ecology Pond and CNP in general

Letter to Anne Dove, Project Manager, National Park Service
June 30, 2015
Rim of the Valley Corridor Draft Special Resource Study (ROV): Comments on Draft Report

Letter to Ronald Nichols, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
August 20, 2013
Addresses issues raised by DWP's proposed modifications to the CNP Ecology Pond

Letter to Los Angeles Country Supervisors Regarding Woolsey Canyon Estates
September 03, 2013
Addresses detrimental environmental impact to CNP and adjacent open areas from proposed residential housing development in nearby Simi Hills

CNP Coalition Delegate and Advisor Affiliations:


San Fernando Valley Audubon Society, Southwestern Herpetologists Society, California State Parks, California Native Plant Society, Lake Manor Residents, USGS/Western Ecological Research Center, National Park Service.