Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

Mountains Restoration Trust

  • Calabasas, CA
  • www.mountainstrust.org

Mission Statement

Working in partnership with the community to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural resources of the Santa Monica Mountains for the benefit of the environment and for present and future generations through: land acquisition and conservation easements; habitat preservation and restoration; and research and education.

Main Programs

  1. Cold Creek Restoration Plan
  2. Headwaters Corner at Calabasas
  3. Students Helping Restore Unique Biomes
  4. Program 4
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Southern California

ruling year

1982

Principal Officer since 2008

Self-reported

Mrs. Debra Bruschaber

Co Principal Officer since 2008

Self-reported

Jo Kitz

Keywords

Self-reported

wildlife habitat, trails, open space, youth education

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EIN

95-3677444

 Number

1818431514

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Last year MRT acquired 133 acres of land to protect Cold Creek and trails in the area. This year MRT hopes to acquire an additional 78 acres of pristine habitat to expand the Cold Creek Preserve. Last year MRT worked towards restoring oak woodland in Malibu Creek State Park, walnut woodland in Calabasas, riparian wetland along Cold Creek, Dry Canyon Creek and Las Virgenes Creek. This year we will continue the restoration and add 2 more acres to the riparian wetland restoration efforts, specifically Medea Creek. Last year we hosted 240 children at Headwaters Corner for the "Students Helping Restore Unique Biomes" program. We want to offer it again this year, but need funding.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Cold Creek Restoration Plan

Natural Resource Management in the Cold Creek Preserve: Mountains Restoration Trust (MRT), a public benefit corporation, is in its 26th year of balancing resource protection with public recreation for the Los Angeles region. MRT's 1,500-acre Cold Creek Preserve is open to the public every day of the year at no charge. Environmental researchers and professors continue to use the Preserve to further the knowledge of existing and future scientists at no charge.

Category

Environment

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$4,000,000.00

Program 2

Headwaters Corner at Calabasas

Urban Wildland interface interpretive center dealing with man's relationship to the land through culture. The 12-acre site contains five indigenous plant communities, a turn-of-the-20th-century homestead house converted to a teaching tool for youth and adult programs. MRT office is adapted single family residence to showcase green technology for people to see.

Category

Environment

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$2,000,000.00

Program 3

Students Helping Restore Unique Biomes

SHRUB is an outdoor program held at Headwaters Corner for 5th through 7th graders. Students from targeted areas assist in the restoration of an oak walnut woodland while learning natural science lessons. Based on state curriculum.  Addresses the growing nature deficit disorder described by Richard Louv.

Category

Environment

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$40,000.00

Program 4

Natural and Cultural Resource Management of Headwaters Corner at Calabasas: MRT manages the 12-acre environmental interpretive center for the benefit of the public at no charge. The preservation and restoration of the historic Masson-Forbes House, a locally significant historical resource, 0.25 miles of Dry Canyon Creek, a Los Angeles River headwater, and representative examples of native flora supplements the education programs and community events offered throughout the year.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Southern California

Funding Needs

Restoration, Education and acquisition programs need funding. Please see the website or contact us for more information.

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MOUNTAINS RESTORATION TRUST
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Mountains Restoration Trust

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Debra Bruschaber

Co Principal Officer

Jo Kitz

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"MRT is a non-profit that relies 100% on public support via donations and volunteerism. People can make a difference by participating in the many opportunities MRT can provide including weekend "Community Restoration Days", campaigns to raise funds to purchase a critical piece of land, giving kids from the poorer neighborhoods of Los Angeles and surrounds the chance to hike a trail and connect with nature."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Steve Hess

No affiliation

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