Join us for our summer SCOPE meeting, Saturday June 22nd at the Stevenson Ranch Library

In case you missed the Placerita Nature Center presentation about co-existing with bears, we will have a re-cap presentation. It will not be as wonderful as the one that Jessica West from CA Fish and Wildlife gave at the Nature Center, but with all the recent local bear sightings, we thought a re-cap would be of interest to everyone. Also a presentation about the Wiley Canyon Project that will be at the Planning Commission on June 18th, but not up for an approval vote yet – Hear why. And an update, presentation on the Chiquita Canyon Landfill heating/fire event that is making regional news and what we are doing about it.

Saturday June 22nd 3-5 PM

Stevenson Ranch Library

25950 The Old Road, Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381

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For Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment (SCOPE) voting members, we will also be holding Board elections and a possible change to our bylaws to allow honorary Board members.

Here are SCOPE’s 2024 Goals:

SCOPE Goals for 2024 with action items

  • Chiquita Canyon Landfill
    • Reduce Trash Campaign
    • Bring your own bags to eliminate plastic
    • Increase compostable bag use
  • Preserve Heritage Oaks
    • Map our oaks in the Santa Clarita Valley
    • Create contest to name oaks
  • Wildlife Corridors
    • Work with a wildlife biologist to determine the best new focus areas:
      • Newhall Pass
      • Castaic Area
      • Mountain Lions
  • Flood Plains Protection
  • Track CEMEX Mine Developments
  • Continue work to protect the Santa Clara River

If you are interested in getting involved in any of these issues, please contact SCOPE at:

Highlights of our Work in 2023


  Settlement with Los Angeles County to protect oaks, including heritage oaks, preserve public notice and continue to require replacement oaks if removals are approved. The County will also develop and provide a brochure on the importance of preserving our oaks in an effort to educate residents about the importance of these amazing native trees. Many thanks to California Oaks, a project of the CA Wildlife Foundation and other donors for making this work possible.

   We celebrated twenty years of survival of the Pico Canyon Old Glory Oak since the great urban tree sit ended in 2003 and the oak was saved in 2003. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has proposed this oak for landmark status – to be considered in 2024.

Protecting the Santa Clara River Floodplain

   Flood plains provide an overflow area for rushing water and a place where that water can sink into the ground to re-charge thirsty aquifers. They provide an escape route for animals when floods occur. A new State Flood Plan found that CA could save billions of dollars by working with nature and giving our rivers some “elbow room.”  However, this year County Public Works Dept. narrowed the flood map designation in a crucial part of the Santa Clara River next to the huge Newhall Ranch project, a change seemingly made to accommodate FivePoint/Newhall’s development plans and leave the added emergency costs to the public. We will continue to oppose this change in 2024.

Protecting Mountain Lion Habitat 

   Our challenge to a housing project that failed to disclose the presence of mountain lions and their access to a permanent water supply continues. This project, located in a in a very high fire severity zone also presents potential danger to future and existing residents due to increased fire evacuation times. The Southern mountain lion is now being considered for endangered species status due to high mortality from auto deaths and poison, along with loss of habitat.

Chiquita Canyon Landfill

This is not a pretty picture, but it is an issue that we spent a lot of time on this year and for many years in the past. We attended hearings, wrote letters, made phone calls. We worked to ensure that air monitors were installed and supported the local community in their efforts to demand clean air for their neighborhoods from this multi-billion dollar, multi-national corporation headquartered in Texas. For many years we have demanded water quality monitoring wells over concerns that toxic leachate will reach our water supply. Just recently the US EPA has finally stated it will investigate.

Sign our petition to name our magnificent Old Glory Oak as a State Landmark

We are kicking off a drive to have the famous Old Glory oak named as a State Landmark. If you want to help with this campaign, just download the petition by clicking here and help us collect signatures.

John Quigley during his tree sit of 2002-2003 to save the Old Glory Oak
Old Glory Oak in Autumn of 2015 in it’s current location at Pico Canyon Park, losing its leaves for the winter season

Thank you everyone!

You made our 35th Anniversary Fundraiser Celebration a success!

The SCOPE Board received acknowledgements for our work from Senator Scott Wilk, Assemblywoman Pilar Schiavo, Supervisor Barger and the City of Santa Clarita. To see more pictures of this event, go to our face book page by clicking the icon above.

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