Author Archives: Steve

Missing Arcadia firefighter found dead in forest

Michael Herdman’s body is discovered two weeks after he left camp to find his dog. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, June 28, 2014. Two weeks after he ran off after his dog at a campsite and disappeared, … Continue reading

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Santa Susana toxic cleanup effort is a mess

The Santa Susana Field Laboratory site is one of the most challenging cleanup jobs in the state, possibly the country. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, June 15, 2014 Any way you cut it, the situation at the … Continue reading

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Need a fresh idea? Just take a walk

If you find yourself in a creative slump, scientists have a suggestion: Take a walk. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 3, 2014 People generate more creative ideas when they walk than when they sit, according to … Continue reading

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Mountains coastal protection plan approved for LA County

Some laud Local Coastal Program, others see it as government overreach Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, April 24, 2014 Environmentalists see the recent approval of the Santa Monica Mountains Local Coastal Program as a milestone. For Los … Continue reading

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Household rat poison linked to death and disease in wildlife

Evidence of rat poison is found in a sickly puma whose territory includes Griffith Park. Researchers suspect a link between poisons and mange. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, April 17, 2014 The mountain lion known as P-22 … Continue reading

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California panel postpones decision on protecting gray wolves

The Fish and Game Commission is giving itself another 90 days. Wildlife officials believe California will host a functional gray wolf population within 10 years. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, April 17, 2014 The California Fish and … Continue reading

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Report: National Park visitors spend big

A new National Park Service report shows that the 650,000 visitors to national parklands in the Santa Monica Mountains spent $26 million in the surrounding community in 2012. The spending supported 336 local jobs. Source of this article: The Thousand … Continue reading

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Offcials push for wildlife overpass at Liberty Canyon

Liberty Canyon Road under the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills is one of the only places left in the area where mountain lions and other animals can move in and out of the Santa Monica Mountains. Source of this article: … Continue reading

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Post-Springs fire nighttime closures lifted

Officials with California State Parks and the National Park Service have lifted the nighttime closures imposed after last year’s Springs fire. The restriction to stay on official roads and trails remains in place. Officials with both agencies chose not to … Continue reading

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Wildlife officer keeps watch over open spaces

Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, January 9, 2014 Dennis Rosenberg stood a discreet distance from a group of men fishing along the shore of the Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard. He watched them through his binoculars for … Continue reading

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