Category Archives: History

New Landowner in Matilija Canyon Causing Trail Access Problems

Source of this article, Los Padres Forest Watch, July 31, 2017 In early July, ForestWatch received an anonymous tip that the new owner of the Dent House property at the end of Matilija Canyon Road was constructing a new gate … Continue reading

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Story of the Conejo Valley written in peaks, bluffs and ridges

How an ancient river of magma shaped the Conejo Valley Source of this article, the Thousand Oaks Acorn, June 22, 2017 As it travels west out of the Conejo Valley, the 101 Freeway works its way down the Conejo Hills … Continue reading

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Thousand Oaks council votes to shoulder cost of community park

Work on Sapwi Trails to start soon Source of this article, the Thousand Oaks Acorn, April 20, 2017 The City of Thousand Oaks is making good on a decade-old promise to help pay for a community park in the Lang … Continue reading

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Family that donated land to TO Open Space has lived in Newbury Park since 1963

Ranch on top of the world Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, March 30, 2017 As dementia began to overtake Harman Rasnow in the last years of his life, the 80-year-old loved to sit on his ranch on … Continue reading

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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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