Author Archives: Steve

Backbone Trail blocked at the west end of Etz Meloy Mtwy

A locked gate has been blocking the Backbone Trail (BBT) at the west end of Etz Meloy Motorway since mid-October. This interupts a very popular mountain bike ride from the parking area on Encinal Canyon Road to the Mishe Mokwa … Continue reading

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Scientists track cougar’s wild nightlife above Hollywood

The mountain lion — known as P-22 — living in Griffith Park is giving scientists insight into the behavior of an urban puma on the prowl. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, October 5, 2013. For more than … Continue reading

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Fire season fuels GOP push for more logging

The House votes to curb environmental reviews to accelerate timber cutting in national forests. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, September 21, 2013 WASHINGTON — In response to fires that have ravaged the West this year, the House … Continue reading

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Community recalls a real trailblazer – Sept. 29 event will celebrate the work of late Linda Palmer

Linda Palmer of Calabasas, a longtime advocate for the Santa Monica Mountains, died from cancer June 22 at the age of 80. Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, September 12, 2013 Palmer’s many contributions to the protection and … Continue reading

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Recovery mission: Keeping condors safe and flying high

The largest birds in North America are closely monitored by local groups working to save the animals from extinction. Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, September 5, 2013 As of July, there were a total of 429 California … Continue reading

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Inside the World of L.A. Geocaching, a Scavenger Hunt Taking Place All Around You

In La La Land, the home of movie magic, we’re used to our surroundings being not quite what they seem. Source of this article: LAWEEKLY Blogs, May 21, 2013 But did you know, at this very moment, you are surrounded … Continue reading

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Springs Fire Trail Repair Progress

Twice in the past week at the request of the State Parks trails maintenance department, a group of about 8 volunteers from the Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council headed into Point Mugu State Park to begin cleanup and repair of … Continue reading

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Carbon Dioxide Level Passes Long-Feared Milestone

Atmospheric reading at Hawaii’s Mauna Loa tops what some say is a crisis point. Source of this article: The New York Times, May 10, 2014 The level of the most important heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere, carbon dioxide, has passed … Continue reading

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Drug charge fuels debate about who should pay for hikers’ rescue

Orange County officials consider charging two hikers for a $160,000 rescue operation after one is charged with possession of meth. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 3, 2013 The discovery of drugs inside the car of a … Continue reading

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Santa Monica Mountains Fund to Host Mountain Lion Fundraiser May 19

All proceeds go towards mountain lion study. The deadline to RSVP is May 12. Source of this article: The AgouraHillsPatch, May 3, 2013 The  Santa Monica Mountains Fund, official fundraising partner of Santa  Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, will host … Continue reading

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