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an urban ecosystem health indicator framework for los angeles county

An Urban Ecosystem Health Indicator Framework for Los Angeles County

While highly modified, urban areas in Los Angeles County are part of a broad network of ecosystems.  In addition to impacting natural ecosystems, urban areas also act as ecosystems, maintaining many modified, yet interconnected, ecological processes.  For example: The urban heat island effect results when built areas interact with natural physiography and climate to raise urban...

creating a native seed bank for urban restoration in the los angeles basin

Creating a native seed bank for urban restoration in the Los Angeles Basin

Home to more than ten million people, the Los Angeles metropolitan area accommodates one of the largest urban populations in the world. The vast majority of its landscape has been converted to freeways, skyscrapers, and strip malls, resulting in the loss of native vegetation and wildlife which provide valuable ecosystem services that maintain the landscape...

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