Category Archives: History

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

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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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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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Channel Island foxes removed from endangered species list

Fox tale with a happy ending Source of this article, The Los Angeles Times, August 12, 2016 Not long ago, foxes native to the Channel Islands off the California coast teetered on the edge of extinction. They have rebounded to … 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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67-Mile Backbone Trail will soon be completed in Santa Monica Mountains

Finally, a route will run through it Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 26, 2016 For more than 50 years, Southern Californians have dreamed of following an uninterrupted trail among the sycamore canyons and sandstone peaks of … Continue reading

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Comments needed by December 4th to opposed hotel plan that would block historic Calabasas trail

The city of Calabasas is pushing plans for the building of the Rondell Oasis Hotel that would block access to the Juan Bautista de Anza Historic Trail (“DeAnza Trail”). The trail is designated as a National Historic Trail and got … Continue reading

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Native American sites plundered in parks

‘Devastating’ looting hits Native American archaeological sites Source of this article, the Los Angeles Times, August 16, 2015 State parks officials and Native American leaders are decrying what they say has been a devastating spate of vandalism and looting at … 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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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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