Category Archives: Budget and Spending

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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A brief history of the Backbone Trail

The Backbone Trail, a 67-mile route among the sycamore canyons and sandstone peaks of the Santa Monica Mountains, was a dream in the 1960s. Today it is a reality. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 26, 2016 … Continue reading

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Why a Malibu cave made famous by a Jim Morrison rumor is closing

Corral Canyon Cave, long a hikers’ destination, is shut after Jim Morrison fans show their love with graffiti Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 6, 2016 Lindsey Templeton hiked down the dirt trail, through the thicket of … Continue reading

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NPS to give Arlington Memorial Bridge a crucial but temporary fix

Repairs scheduled to start soon will keep an iconic D.C. span open for five more years Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, March 6, 2016 The National Park Service is preparing to patch up the Arlington Memorial Bridge … Continue reading

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A Cast of Characters: The Creation of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Source of this article: KCET.org, June 25, 2015 The public is so often chastised for not really hanging in to achieve action on a particular cause. This reaffirms the need for really hanging in. All those people who worked — … Continue reading

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Panel urges state parks reform

Attracting more ethnically diverse, younger users is a key element of two-year turnaround plan. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Time, January 30, 2015 When visitors arrive at a state-run park these days, they may find disrepair after years … Continue reading

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New funding allows construction to begin on wildlife corridor

Improved Liberty Canyon underpass will help cougar survival Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, December 4, 2014 The big cats living in the local mountains will have more room to roam now that the initial funding for a … 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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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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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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