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Friday, April 22, 2022

Groundbreaking for Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing in Los Angeles, California by Mary Cummins Animal Advocates

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April 22, 2022 was groundbreaking for the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing. The wildlife crossing will stretch across eight lanes of the 101 freeway and two lanes across Agoura Rd in Agoura Hills, California. It will be the biggest wildlife crossing in the United States larger than the size of a football field at 200 ft by 165 ft. 

The project was designed by Robert Rock of Living Habitat LLC and is being constructed by Southern California construction company C.A. Rasmussen

The project is the culmination of over a decade of coordinated work by the following people, government agencies and organizations in no particular order,

The Annenberg Foundation: Wallis Annenberg, Lauren Bon, Cinny Kennard, Marsha Bonner, Allison Sprague, Elizabeth Armour
California Department of Fish & Wildlife: Charlton Chuck Bonham, Justin Dellinger, Audrey Kelly, Craig Zeff, Daniel Blankenship
Caltrans, Caltrans District 7: Sheik Moinuddin, Barbara Marquez, Steven Keck
Santa Monica Mountains Fund
National Wildlife Federation: Beth Pratt
California Coastal Commission
State of California: Gavin Newsom
Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy & Mountains Recreation Conservancy Authority: Rorie Skei, Joseph T Edmiston, George Lange
National Park Service
California State Transportation Agency: Toks Omishakin
Living Habitats LLC
Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority MCRA
California State Coastal Conservancy: Amy Hutzel
City of Agoura Hills
State of California Wildlife Conservation Board
California Natural Resources Agency: Wade Crowfoot
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area: David Szymanski
California Wildlife Conservation Board: John Donnelly
US Congressman Ted Lieu
US Congressman Adam Schiff
California State Senator, Fran Pavely
California State Senator, Henry Stern
California State Assemblymember, Laura Friedman
California State Assemblymember, Richard Bloom
Ventura County Supervisor, Linda Parks,
Los Angeles County Supervisor, Sheila Kuehl
City of Los Angeles Councilmember, Paul Koretz
City of Agoura Hills Mayor, Deborah Klein Lopez
Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains
UCLA: Bob Wayne, Brad Shaffer
City of Agoura Hills Ad Hoc Committee
ARC, Animal Road Crossings
: Rob Ament
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
California State Legislative Staff

Mountain Lion Foundation: Debra Chase, Fred Hull
Humanity Communications Collective
Planning & Conservation League
Cougar Conservancy
Friends of Griffith Park
Project Desert View, LLC
TBG Events
Lili Media & Design
Fearless Advocacy
: Jennifer Fearing
Puente Strategies
Ano: Dayna Bochco

Other Supporters, Donors, not inclusive

The Boeng Company: Scarlett C Hibner
S.L. Gimbel Foundation, a component fund at The Inland Empire Community Foundation
The John Logan Foundation
Carolyn J Dvis
Head and Heart Foundation
Helmut & Patricia Meissner
Leoonardo DiCaprio Foundation
M. Piuze Foundation
Mary Jo and Hank Greenberg Animal Welfare Foundation
Mary and David Love
Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District Measure A
The Daniel & Susan Gottlieb Foundation
The Gwendolyn Sexton Foundation
Verizon
Walter E.D. Miller Charitable Fund
Wanda & Bud Waugh

Speakers at the Groundbreaking in order of appearance

  • Beth Pratt, Regional Executive Director, National Wildlife Federation
  • Alan Salazar, FernandeƱo Tataviam, Band of Mission Indians Elder, Chumash, Tataviam, & Pipimaram lineages
  • Deborah Klein-Lopez, Mayor of Agoura Hills
  • 3rd Rock Hip Hop - Warren Dickson and students
  • Miguel OrdeƱana, Community Science Manager, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
  • Brad Rumble, Principal of Esperanza Elementary School with students Jonathan Salvador-Ramos (Gr. 5) and Allison CoxDiaz (Gr. 4
  • Julia Butters, actor, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
  • Nina-Marie Lister, Professor & Director, Ecological Design Lab at Ryerson University & ARC Partner
  • Jeremy Guth, Conservation Director, the Woodcock Foundation & Founding Partne, ARC Solutions
  • PARTNERS
  • State Senator Fran Pavley
  • National Wildlife Federation: Dirk Sellers, Vice President for Philanthropy — Beth Pratt, Regional Executive Director
  • National Park Service & Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area: David Szymanski, Superintendent — Jeff
  • Sikich, biologist — Seth Riley, Chief of Wildlife
  • Santa Monica Mountains Fund: Charlotte Parry, Executive Director —
  • Resource Conservation District of Santa Monica Mountains: Clark Stevens, Architect & Executive Officer
  • Caltrans: Steven Keck, Acting Director — Tony Tavares, Caltrans District 7 Director — Sheik Moinnudin, Project Manager
  • C.A. Rasmussen, Inc: Adam Rasmussen, President
  • Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy: Linda Parks, Chair — George Lange, Chair — Joe Edmiston, Executive Director —
  • Rorie Skei, Chief Deputy Director — Paul Edelman, Chief of Natural Resources & Planning
  • U. S. Senator Alex Padilla
  • Living Habitats, LLC: Robert Rock, Principal & Chief Operating Officer
  • California Wildlife Conservation Board: John Donnelly, Director
  • California Department of Fish & Wildlife: Chuck Bonham, Director
  • State Coastal Conservancy: Mary Small, Deputy Executive Officer
  • California Assemblymember Richard Bloom
  • California Assemblymember Laura Friedman
  • LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
  • J.P. Rose, Center for Biological Diversity
  • Cara Lacey, The Nature Conservancy
  • California State Senator Henry Stern
  • California State Senator Ben Allen
  • U.S. Congresswoman Julia Brownley
  • U.S. Congressman Brad Sherman
  • U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu
  • U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff
  • Wade Crowfoot, California Secretary for Natural Resources
  • Song break
  • Collin O'Mara, President & CEO National Wildlife Federation
  • Wallis Annenberg, Chairman, President & CEO, Annenberg Foundation
  • California Governor Gavin Newsom
  • Beth Pratt, Regional Executive Director, National Wildlife Federation
  • Groundbreaking, shovels


Full video of the event in HD. Updated.

Photos and videos from the groundbreaking of the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing April 22, 2022 by Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates. Click photos to see full size. Many more photos are available.

 


Sign at 101 freeway overpass at Liberty Cann

 


Sign at trailhead off Liberty Canyon exit off 101 North

 


101 freeway at Liberty Canyon

 


 


R. C. Brody, Richard Brody, California Department of Fish & Wildlife

 


Beth Pratt, National Wildlife Federation

 


Ted Lieu 

 


Bridge over gulch to get golf carts to event site

 

California Department of Fish & Wildlife biologists

 


 

P 22 mountain lion

 

Chris Dellith, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Ventura

 


 


 


Red Carpet area

 


101 freeway at Liberty Canyon

 


Looking toward 101 freeway

 


 


101 freeway at Liberty Canyon

 


101 freeway at Liberty Canyon

 


Looking toward the 101 freeway at Liberty Canyon

 

Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates

 


101 freeway at Liberty Canyon

 

101 Freeway at Liberty Canyon

Below are a few interviews from the event.
Chris Dellith, Senior Fish & Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service


R.C. Brody, Richard Brody, California Department of Fish & Wildlife


Jeff Sikich, National Park Service

More photos and videos will be posted shortly. They're being edited. 

Other media articles about the event.

Daily News
https://www.dailynews.com/2022/04/22/ground-broken-for-87-million-wildlife-bridge-over-101-freeway-to-save-mountain-lions-and-other-creatures-2/

LA Times
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-04-22/a-cougar-crossing-rises-over-a-deadly-l-a-freeway

USA Today
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/04/23/ca-construction-largest-urban-wildlife-crossing/7422557001/

Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/california-breaks-ground-on-largest-urban-wildlife-crossing/2022/04/22/1f213a86-c271-11ec-b5df-1fba61a66c75_story.html

NBC News
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/california-breaks-ground-urban-wildlife-crossing-span-us-101-rcna25683

ABC News
https://abc7.com/wildlife-crossing-101-freeway-bridge-groundbreaking/11779405/


Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.


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