Earth Day, Every Day

June 02, 2015 in Environment, Community

The Santa Susana site in Simi Valley, Calif., buzzes with life 24/7.

For more than 50 years, thousands of workers at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory tested rocket engines used to defend the country and propel space shuttle astronauts into orbit. It was also the site of leading energy research, development and testing by the U.S. government.

These historical operations have ceased, but the attention to detail and commitment to innovation continues. Over the years, numerous interim cleanup activities by Boeing have removed contamination in soil, groundwater and stormwater, furthering the progress toward restoration and preservation of this unique and valuable ecosystem.

As the above video shows, the nearly 3,000 acre site continues to thrive with native plants. On any given day, animals including mountain lions, bobcats, deer and foxes roam the rocky and woodland terrain. Santa Susana is a crucial link in a vital habitat linkage that connects the inland Los Padres National Forest to the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

As progress is made to clean up the site and preserve it as open space, Boeing is collaborating with a number of wildlife and conservation organizations on studies to better understand Santa Susana’s vast biological resources. The San Fernando Valley Audubon Society, Southwestern Herpetologist Society and Pollinator Partnership are regularly on-site to perform bird counting and banding, study reptiles and amphibians, and research populations of bees and butterflies.

The public is invited to visit Santa Susana to experience its historical and natural wonders first-hand. Boeing hosts a number of bus and walking tours each year. More information is available at

Mountain lions are among the animals that roam the nearly 3,000 acres of the Santa Susana site in Simi Valley, Calif. The wildlife and native plants that thrive in this space reflect the progress made to clean up the former rocket-engine test site and preserve it as open space.