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Trailhead at Rancho Potrero open for business

Parking lot allows easier access to 326 acres of open space Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, May 7, 20015 Nearly seven and a half years after the intensely debated specific plan for the Rancho Potrero Open Space … Continue reading

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Drought kills 12 million trees in California’s national forests

Millions of trees continue to die in California due to drought and bark beetle invasion Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 6, 2015 Rangers in the San Bernardino National Forest call them “red trees.” Instead of the … Continue reading

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Graffiti artists’ move to national parks shocks nature community

A new generation of graffiti artists is regarding nature, not just urban spaces, as their canvas Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, April 27, 2015 Andre Saraiva is an internationally known graffiti artist. He owns nightclubs in Paris … Continue reading

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Thousand Oaks joins other area cities in opposing anticoagulants

Rat poisons blamed for harming local predators Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, April 23, 2015 The Thousand Oaks City Council has approved a resolution urging businesses and residents not to sell or use a type of rodent … Continue reading

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Elusive mountain lion P-22 captivates LA then quickly vanishes

Cougar flees crawl space of Loz Feliz home after officials clear area Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times Online, April 14, 2015 A celebrity mountain lion transformed a wealthy hillside neighborhood into a paparazzi-like scene of scrambling photographers … Continue reading

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California Drying: Households, industries and farmers wrestle over water

What to do when a resource is scarce? Jerry Brown takes command and issues conservation orders. He could do much more with free-market pricing of water. Source of this article: Barron’s, April 13, 2015 CALIFORNIA IS HAVING ANOTHER BAD drought, … Continue reading

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In California, rights to water exceed the supply

Water rights exceed average natural runoff on 16 major rivers, UC Davis researchers found Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2015 It’s arguable whether California has enough water to meet its actual needs. But it clearly … Continue reading

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Volunteers remove invasive crayfish from Malibu Creek watershed

A small army aims to eliminate crayfish from the Santa Monica Mountains’ streams and rivers in 3 years Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, April 5, 2015 As the morning sun peeked over a mountain ridge on Saturday, … Continue reading

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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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