Puente Hills Preserve News, March 2024

Meet Marlyn Barajas, the Habitat Authority's Program Analyst

Meet Marlyn Barajas, the Habitat Authority's Program Analyst. She joined the team in early 2023 after receiving her master's degree in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach. We love her creative ideas and unstoppable momentum in all she handles for the Habitat Authority! Marlyn has a wide array of responsibilities, such as coordinating day-to-day operations, creating communications, and processing accounts receivable and payable. Her contributions are essential to our mission.

What she loves most about working for the Habitat Authority is the satisfaction of knowing her efforts support the preservation of the trails, open space and wildlife in the Puente Hills Preserve. 

As a long-time avid hiker, her favorite trail to visit is Turnbull Canyon.

Marlyn will be tabling at a few of our upcoming events this spring, so please stop by and say ”hello”!

Habitat Authority's Upcoming Events:

Tabling at the Whittier EGGxtravaganza event, March 23, from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. Location: Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Rd, Whittier, CA 90604.

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Tabling at the Sanitation Districts Earth Day event, April 13, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Location:1955 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, CA 90601.

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Habitat Authority's Earth Day celebration event, April 20 from 9:00 am -11:30 am. Location: Hacienda Hills Trailhead, 14600 Orange Grove Ave, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745.

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Peppergrass Restoration

Over the past two years, as part of efforts funded through a Rivers and Mountain Conservancy Wildfire Prevention grant, we’ve removed flashy fuels along Peppergrass Trail in Whittier at Hellman Park in anticipation of planting the area with native habitat this winter. Compared to annual weeds, native perennial plants have high moisture content (preferable from a fire prevention perspective) and they increase habitat value for wildlife—a win-win for the Preserve and the local community. In February, the Habitat Authority’s native habitat restoration contractor planted cactus pads and hand seeded the 0.63-acre area with a mix of native plant species, all of which were collected from the Preserve. These activities were perfectly timed to coincide with recent rain events, which will get these seeds and cactus pads established in the absence of manual irrigation

Gray Foxes

Did you know that gray foxes call the Puente Hills Preserve home? Because they tend to be shy of humans and dogs and are most active during times of the day when recreation is lowest, you may have never encountered one of these fuzzy critters-- but they are out there! Spring is a busy time of year for this species. Gray foxes mate once per year, sometime between February and March, and most births occur in April after about 63 days of gestation. On average, four pups are produced per litter. Fun fact: This is the only fox species capable of climbing trees!

Have you ever spotted a gray fox on the Preserve? If so, where?
Yes, at Hellman Park
Yes, at Arroyo Pescadero
Yes, at Sycamore Canyon
Yes, at Powder Canyon
Yes, at Turnbull Canyon
Yes, at Hacienda Hills
No, I have never spotted a gray fox on the Preserve.

The Habitat Authority is a local government agency, and is qualified to accept tax-deductible charitable donations including monetary and real property. Donations such as these contribute to the purpose of the agency and provide tax benefits for the giver.

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