Author Archives: Steve

Family that donated land to TO Open Space has lived in Newbury Park since 1963

Ranch on top of the world Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, March 30, 2017 As dementia began to overtake Harman Rasnow in the last years of his life, the 80-year-old loved to sit on his ranch on … Continue reading

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Family donates 82 acres to Thousand Oaks open space agency

The city’s ring of protected open space is one big step closer to being complete. Source of this article: the Thousand Oaks Acorn, February 23, 2017 Earlier this month, the board of the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency voted to … Continue reading

Posted in Budget and Spending, Conejo Valley, COSCA/CRPD, Hiking, History, Horse Riding, Mountain Biking, Trail Access, Trail Building and Repair, Trail Running | Leave a comment

A week in the life of P‑22, the big cat who shares Griffith Park with millions of people

Mountain lion shows the promise, peril of coexistance Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, February 8, 2017 The lion slinks through the chaparral, a blur of movement in the night. Head held lower than his shoulders, he scours … Continue reading

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Are you up to the 2017 Conejo Open Space Challenge this spring?

The Conejo Open Space Foundation is challenging mountain bikers, hikers, trail runners and equestrians of all ages to experience 14 of the best and most beautiful multi-use trails in the Conejo Open Space. This is a “virtual” event, where you take … Continue reading

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3 Coyotes attack leashed mastiff in Glendora

City will provide funding to trap and euthanize the animals. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, January 26, 2017 The city of Glendora will provide funds for the trapping and euthanization of three coyotes that attacked a leashed … Continue reading

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Respecting the force of Mother Nature

Commentary: When the rains come Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, January 26, 2017 Risk is a fact of life for outdoors enthusiasts, and smart people know they should always weigh the pros and cons when they venture … Continue reading

Posted in California State Parks, Conejo Valley, COSCA/CRPD, Drought, Federal NPS, Health and Safety, Hiking, Horse Riding, Mountain Biking, Santa Monica Mountains, Southern California, Trail Access, Trail Hazard, Ventura County | Leave a comment

NPS launches ‘bark patrol’ in Santa Monica Mountains

Pet etiquette on trails is the focus Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, December 15, 2016 A new pack of volunteers will soon hit the trails in the Santa Monica Mountains to show visitors and their dogs how … Continue reading

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Access now legal to Matilija Falls

The Matilija Canyon Trail, closed since the Spring of 2010, is open again for hiking. Source of this article: Condor Call, Journal of Los Padres Chapter Sierra Club, Oct-Nov 2016 The highly popular trek to the seven Matilija Falls is … Continue reading

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To help cougars cross busy 101 Freeway, Annenberg Foundation promises to match donations for bridge

A push to raise funds for a wildlife overpass Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, October 20, 2016 Building a cougar crossing over one of Southern California’s busiest freeways will cost tens of millions of dollars — funding … Continue reading

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Santa Monica Mountains hikers are urged to be aware of tarantulas

Ew! Creepy love game is afoot Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, September 9, 2016 Watch where you’re stepping while hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains this month. There may be an extra pair of legs (or four) … Continue reading

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