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Thousand Oaks considers taking action to discourage use of rodent poisons that kill wildlife

Experts say anticoagulants harm local wildlife        Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, March 19, 2015 The Thousand Oaks City Council is considering a resolution that would urge businesses not to sell and residents not to use a type … Continue reading

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Giant swath of open space protected in Calabasas

A Stokes Canyon landowner has donated a conservation easement on 298 acres of pristine habitat to the MRCA. Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, February 12, 2015 The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) preserves and manages open … Continue reading

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Scouting the trails of newly re-opened Pt Mugu State Park

Here is what I found when I rode all the multi-use trails a few days after Pt Mugu State Park re-opened on January 30th. The park had been closed since mid-December when heavy rains brought mudslides to the fire-denuded park. … Continue reading

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Panel urges state parks reform

Attracting more ethnically diverse, younger users is a key element of two-year turnaround plan. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Time, January 30, 2015 When visitors arrive at a state-run park these days, they may find disrepair after years … Continue reading

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New funding allows construction to begin on wildlife corridor

Improved Liberty Canyon underpass will help cougar survival Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, December 4, 2014 The big cats living in the local mountains will have more room to roam now that the initial funding for a … Continue reading

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Ormond Beach and its humble guardian

‘I found my spot,’ says Walter Fuller Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, December 2, 2014 It began with an albino parakeet named Whitey. As a child, Walter Fuller would play Johnny Cash on the record player in … Continue reading

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Storm drenches California, but it’s only a drop in state’s drought

California’s heavy rains bring some evacuations but have little effect on the state’s continuing drought Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, December 2, 2014 The first major Pacific storm of the season drenched much of California on Tuesday, … Continue reading

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John Muir’s legacy questioned as centennial of his death nears

Critics say that 100 years of population growth, urban sprawl, demographic shifts, climate change make John Muir irrelevant Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, November 13, 2014 ohn Muir is the patron saint of environmentalism, an epic figure … Continue reading

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La Cañada’s stepped-up leash patrols spur complaints from dog owners

Dog owners in La Cañada Flintridge say Humane Society’s leash patrol officers are too aggressive Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, October 18, 2014 A  few times each week, La Cañada Flintridge dog owner Scott Heaton grabs a … Continue reading

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No end to Southland drought seen in winter rain forecast

Southern California could see above-average rainfall this winter, but it won’t be enough to shake drought Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, October 17, 2014 Southern California could see above-average rainfall this winter, but it won’t be enough … Continue reading

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