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Wildlife exhibit, photo gallery show at Canyon Country Library

South Coast Wildlands Exhibit highlights local Santa Clara River

Posted: March 27, 2009 6:32 p.m.
Updated: March 27, 2009 3:33 p.m.
The city of Santa Clarita, South Coast Wildlands and Visual Journeys, along with the Santa Clara River Trustee Council, invite the community to come and learn more about one of California's most diverse watersheds -- the Santa Clara River.

Learn more about the local river with a visual and educational exhibit designed to encourage the protection of the Santa Clara River Watershed at the City's Canyon Country Library branch from April 6 through May 4, 2009.

The exhibit is free to attend and can be viewed during Library hours.

Through a photo and wildlife exhibit, viewers will learn about one of Southern California's last free-flowing rivers and why it is so important to protect the watershed and the more than 100 endangered, sensitive or threatened species that live there.

An opening night reception for the program, held on April 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., will include refreshments and a wildlife exhibit, hosted by Molly Hogan with Nature of Wildworks.

"One of the many perks of living in Santa Clarita is the open space the City actively maintains," said Mayor Pro-Tem Laurene Weste. "The City's Open Space Preservation District allows residents to enjoy amazing views and recreational trails while allowing local natural wildlife to thrive."

In July 2007, Santa Clarita property owners voted in favor of an Open Space Preservation District. The special assessment paid by City property owners gives the City a seat at the table to purchase land that could otherwise be developed and put pressure on the City's precious natural resources.

Additionally, the Open Space Preservation District will greatly assist in preserving natural lands, retaining wildlife corridors, and completing the City's greenbelt buffer. The District is designed to preserve natural land from development, create more parks for community usage and to protect rare biological and geological regions.

South Coast Wildlands is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring functional habitat connectivity across the South Coast Ecoregion. Its mission is to protect and restore systems of connected wildlands that support native wildlife and the ecosystems upon which they rely.

The Canyon County Library is located at 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country 91351.


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