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State Parks team with Google to attract a new generation of visitors

Agency teams with Google for virtual exploring as part of an effort to draw the next generation of visitors Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, October 8, 2014 Three months ago, a group of Google contractors began walking … Continue reading

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Tumbleweeds overrun region

The infestation, triggered by the drought, raises the risk of wildfires Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, September 25, 2014 Three years of drought have triggered an infestation of tumbleweeds across Southern California, raising the risk of wildfires, … Continue reading

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Supporters rally for wildlife crossing

Fundraising for new corridor in Agoura Hills begins in earnest Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, September 25, 2014 Trying to give mountain lions more room to roam in the Santa Monica Mountains while bolstering their dwindling population, … Continue reading

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Santa Monica Mountains land use plan OKd over vineyard objections

County supervisors approve a plan that bars new vineyards on a swath of the Santa Monica Mountains Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, August 27, 2014 Los Angeles County supervisors approved a far-reaching land use plan for the … Continue reading

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Obama weighs national monument status for San Gabriels

Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, August 26, 2014 President Obama is considering a plan to designate the San Gabriel Mountains a national monument, an action intended to address crowding and pollution, and enhance recreational opportunities for a … Continue reading

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Malibu wine growers feel squeeze of coastal protection plan

Proposed ban on new vineyards in Santa Monica Mountains worries Malibu growers Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, August 26, 2014 The red-lava rock hills over Malibu are no stranger to squabbles. This time, the fight is over … Continue reading

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Rindge Dam closes to the public

Rindge Dam on Malibu Creek will be closed to the public starting Aug. 21. Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, August 21, 2014 California State Parks officials say the 88-year-old dam is being closed for a variety of … Continue reading

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California man rescued after making ‘HELP’ sign with cypress needles

Mike Vilhauer used sticks and needles to write “HELP” seen by helicopter pilot Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, August 20, 2014 A scavenger hunt for fish bait turned into a desperate five-day mission by a West Sacramento … Continue reading

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Long time open space advocate, Burt Elliot, passes away

Thousand Oaks loses one its most dedicated open space volunteers. Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, August 14, 2014 Anyone who’s hiked the trails of the Santa Monica Mountains has likely walked in Burt Elliott’s footsteps. Elliott, who … Continue reading

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And along came a rider

When humans and horses collide, problems can arise Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, July 10, 2014 Gorgeous weather and longer days bring outdoor enthusiasts in greater numbers to the city’s many trails, streets and pathways. Skateboarders, bicyclists, … Continue reading

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