Monthly Archives: April 2012

Bill would keep controversial ‘no-otter zone’ in place

The bill, backed by House Republicans, would retain the zone south of Point Conception until wildlife officials develop a plan ensuring that the threatened marine mammals and endangered abalone recover and that the commercial shellfish harvest stays at current levels. … Continue reading

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Republicans back Homeland Security powers in national parks

The Department of Homeland Security could gain more power over more than 50 national parks within 100 miles of the borders with Mexico and Canada under legislation in the House. Source of this article: The Seattle Times, April 19, 2012 … Continue reading

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Just attracting, naturally

Native flora planted at an urban L.A. school draws insects, birds — and students’ interest. Also growing: science test scores. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, April 16, 2012 Biological diversity does not come easily near the intersection … Continue reading

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Fish and Game chief’s free cougar hunt may have violated ethics rule

Ethics agency alleges Fish and Game official violated gift limit Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2012 The president of the California Fish and Game Commission broke the law when he accepted a guided cougar hunt in … Continue reading

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Mountain biker dies on trail near Santa Barbara

Source of this article: The Condor Call, Journal of Los Padres Chapter Sierra Club, April/May 2012 By Lynn P. Kirst Montecito’s beautiful, but sometimes treacherous, front country trails proved deadly once again, when mountain biker Matthew Bruce Sanborn, 42, lost … Continue reading

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New plans for Lang Ranch Park include Frisbee golf course, outdoor classroom

Conejo Recreation and Park District officials unveiled their new plan for Lang Ranch Community Park last week. Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, April 12, 2012 Last Thursday, park planners Denise Johns and Shauna Welty shared the concept … Continue reading

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