Tuesday Oct. 13, 7:00 to 9:30 pm
Virtual Program via Zoom
City of Los Angeles’ Wildlife Pilot Study
Presented by Kat Superfisky, Urban Ecologist, City of Los Angeles, and Lena Mik, City Planning Associate, City of Los Angeles
Protecting wildlife and biodiversity in Los Angeles is an important topic for the City of Los Angeles! From its trailing waterways to its scenic mountains, Los Angeles has a diversity of natural habitats and open spaces where wildlife thrive. The Wildlife Pilot Study is currently focusing on an area in the Santa Monica Mountains that is a mix of primarily low-density residential lots and large undeveloped open space and natural areas. The Department of City Planning is using this study area to test development guidelines and regulations that will support the City’s ecological goals by conserving and enhancing habitat and connectivity, while balancing future development.
Kat Superfisky is a designer, educator, and ecologist who devotes her days, nights and dreams to transforming urban areas into more inhabitable places. After obtaining a Master of Science in Conservation Ecology and Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan in 2013, Kat moved across the country for the Los Angeles River. Kat sees LA—and its river—as the perfect laboratory to explore how to rebuild urban areas into more “symbiotic cities”. In LA, Kat has worked on landscape planning and ecological design efforts at Studio-MLA, founded and runs the nonprofit Grown in LA, and is the City of Los Angeles’ first and only Urban Ecologist. She takes her perspective of urban ecology into the classroom, teaching as a professor at institutions such as California State Polytechnic University Pomona, University of California Los Angeles, University of Southern California, and the University of Michigan. Kat also serves on the Board of Directors for California ReLeaf, and as a Science Advisor for The Nature Conservancy and Natural History Museum’s Biodiversity Analysis in Los Angeles and the City of LA’s Biodiversity Index.
Lena Mik is a Policy Planner with the City of Los Angeles Planning Department, Citywide Policy Division. Lena has been working on the City’s General Plan Update and Wildlife Pilot Study and, prior to that, implementation of the City’s Mobility Element 2035. Lena is a native of Southern California and loves spending her free time in the Sierras or in the high deserts. Lena received her bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and in English Literature from San Francisco State University and received her Master’s in Urban Planning from New York University with a concentration in environment and infrastructure. During graduate school, she spent a semester in Cape Town learning about South Africa’s ecologies and the impacts climate change has had on wildlife and vegetation, as well as learning about sustainable housing development practices in South Africa. Prior to coming to the City of Los Angeles, Lena worked at the City of New York Department of Environmental Protection, the City of Emeryville Planning Department and taught GIS (Geographic Information System) and statistics at New York University.
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