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John Muir’s legacy questioned as centennial of his death nears

Critics say that 100 years of population growth, urban sprawl, demographic shifts, climate change make John Muir irrelevant Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, November 13, 2014 ohn Muir is the patron saint of environmentalism, an epic figure … Continue reading

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La Cañada’s stepped-up leash patrols spur complaints from dog owners

Dog owners in La Cañada Flintridge say Humane Society’s leash patrol officers are too aggressive Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, October 18, 2014 A  few times each week, La Cañada Flintridge dog owner Scott Heaton grabs a … Continue reading

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No end to Southland drought seen in winter rain forecast

Southern California could see above-average rainfall this winter, but it won’t be enough to shake drought Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, October 17, 2014 Southern California could see above-average rainfall this winter, but it won’t be enough … Continue reading

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San Gabriel Mountains declared a national monument

President Obama officially designates San Gabriel Mountains a national monument Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, October 11, 2014 President Obama on Friday officially set aside 346,000 acres of the San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument, a … Continue reading

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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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