Monthly Archives: March 2012

COSCA Spring Trailwork Report

On Saturday, March 24, sixty-nine volunteers and several Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency (COSCA) rangers worked together to build 0.4 miles of a new 0.63-mile long singletrack, multi-use segment of the Canyon Overlook Trail. The new trail in Wildwood Park … Continue reading

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Woody Smeck Honored for Service to Santa Monica Mountains

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation and the Calabasas City Council honored Superintendent Woody Smeck for his 21 years of outstanding stewardship of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA). Source of this … Continue reading

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Study finds national parks add $47 million to local economy

Source of this article: The Ventura County Star, March 22, 2012 It took just two years for the Weekday Trailblazers hiking group to build its membership roster to nearly 600 people, but the group’s leaders say it isn’t difficult to … Continue reading

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‘Fracking’ oil extraction method widely used in California with little oversight

Regulators and lawmakers know very little about how and where oil companies employ hydraulic fracturing in the state. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, March 15, 2012 Energy companies across California are injecting a mysterious mix of chemicals … Continue reading

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Federal budget proposal includes funds for land buys in Santa Monica Mountains

The Obama administration has earmarked $2.4 million in its 2013 budget for acquiring and protecting up to 238 acres of undeveloped land in Zuma and Trancas Canyons in the Santa Monica Mountains, U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) said in … Continue reading

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Saving desert tortoises is a costly hurdle for solar projects

BrightSource Energy has spent $56 million so far to protect the threatened creatures, but calamities have befallen the effort. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, March 4, 2012 Stubborn does not come close to describing the desert tortoise, … Continue reading

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Wandering gray wolf leaves California, returns to Oregon

The young male, the first wild wolf recorded in California since the 1920s, is believed to have traveled in excess of 2,000 miles since leaving his home pack in northeastern Oregon last fall. Source of this article: The Los Angeles … Continue reading

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