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From steak to mangoes, California’s most water-hogging foods

How much water is needed to produce certain foods? Source of this article: The Los Angeles Time, April 4, 2015, and online April 6, 2015 California’s crippling drought has prompted conservation efforts, from replacing lawns to minding how long you … Continue reading

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Hikers, bikers angered after Griffith Park-area road opens to cars

Hikers and bikers don’t mix well with Hollywood sign tourists Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, March 30, 2015 A city of Los Angeles decision to allow motorists to use a popular hiking and cycling route in Griffith … Continue reading

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In store for visitors to Yosemite: a drier, browner park

Park’s famous falls will be less of a draw this year Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, March 28, 2015 Yosemite National Park is bracing for its driest year on record, with visitor bureaus downplaying the allure of … Continue reading

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Hiker dies, 1 injured after cliff collapses at Point Reyes National Seashore

One hiker was killed and another injured after the cliff at the Arch Rock overlook at Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County collapsed into the shoreline 70 feet below, officials said Sunday. Source of this article: The Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Mountain lion known as P-33 makes a safe freeway passage

Researchers said big cat’s bold journey offers a measure of hope for survival of mountain lions in the region Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, March 20, 2015 A 16-month-old female mountain lion made famous in a series … Continue reading

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Volunteer effort bringing oaks back to Rancho Sierra Vista

Hundreds of trees being planted along Potrero Creek Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, March 19, 2015 A Conejo Valley area that’s been missing indigenous oak trees since ranchers flattened it for grazing cattle will soon have roughly … Continue reading

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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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