Whittier Narrows Recreation Area
Improving the Urban Forest
The stewards of the Emerald Necklace are working to improve the urban forestry canopy at this 1,500-acre regional park to help fight the loss of hundreds of trees from drought, pests, and disease.
Combating the invasive boring beetle
After losing hundreds of trees to a newly invasive boring beetle species, the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area is receiving a much-needed rejuvenation.
Amigos is initiating a four-year tree (restoration) planting program in the park, replacing the lost plants with pest-resistant trees, promoting access to the park, and foster community participation in citizen science.
The culpritPolyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB)
a boring beetle that carries the pathogenic fungus (Fusarium euwallacea). This fungus is responsible for destroying many Southern California forests over the past three years. With our Whittier Narrows program, we have set out to reverse the damage created by PSHB.
Additionally, Amigos de los Rios plans to add to its tree planting database by indexing each tree, noting the GPS location in the urban forest, tree height, canopy size, and other characteristic details.
The majority of this process will be performed by citizen science volunteers.