Category Archives: Environment

Photogenic lion meets with untimely demise

NPS blames rodenticide poisoning Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, October 15, 2015 A mountain lion found dead Sept. 30 within the boundaries of Point Mugu State Park has been identified as Puma-34, a juvenile female who was … Continue reading

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Prime parcel to become a forestry lab

Sierra Nevada parcel will test ways to reduce mega fires and increase snowpack Source of this article, the Los Angeles Times, August 15, 2015 Forest ecologists finally got their wish: an entire private landscape on which to test methods of … Continue reading

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$75,000 in rewards offered to catch operators who flew drones above fires

San Bernardino County supervisors unanimously agreed Tuesday to offer rewards for help in tracking down drone operators who interfered with firefighters during three major wildfires this summer. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, July 29, 2015 After the … Continue reading

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Santa Susana Field Lab Petition for National Monument

A movement asking President Barack Obama to designate a portion of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory as a national monument has the attention of NASA, which has deferred the impending demolition of a historic rocket test stand at the site … Continue reading

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Refugio State Beach set to reopen, two months after oil spill

Officials toured the beach Thursday and cleared it to reopen July 17 Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, July 11, 2015 Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County will reopen to the public next week, two months after a pipeline … Continue reading

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Local freshwater swimming holes not so fresh after all

Heal the Bay report finds high fecal indicators Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, July 9, 2015 At Heal the Bay, we care about water quality and public health. Our Beach Report Card has been helping beachgoers and … 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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Santa Barbara oil spill: Pipeline operator has long record of problems

Plains Pipeline, whose oil pipe ruptured in Santa Barbara County, has high rate of safety infractions Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 21, 2015 Plains Pipeline, the large Texas-based company responsible for the pipe that ruptured in … Continue reading

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Officials assess damage from big oil spill on Santa Barbara County coast

Cleanup effort of 21,000-gallon oil spill continues off Santa Barbara County coast Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 20, 2015 Cleanup crews on Wednesday began the delicate process of removing oil from fouled beaches after a 21,000-gallon oil … 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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