Category Archives: Federal NPS

Mountain lion makes rare successful crossing of L.A.-area freeways

Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times online, August 7, 2017 Researchers recently documented a rare case of a cougar from the Santa Monica Mountains successfully crossing U.S. Highway 101 and moving into a range less hemmed in by … 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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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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Respecting the force of Mother Nature

Commentary: When the rains come Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, January 26, 2017 Risk is a fact of life for outdoors enthusiasts, and smart people know they should always weigh the pros and cons when they venture … Continue reading

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NPS launches ‘bark patrol’ in Santa Monica Mountains

Pet etiquette on trails is the focus Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, December 15, 2016 A new pack of volunteers will soon hit the trails in the Santa Monica Mountains to show visitors and their dogs how … Continue reading

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Santa Monica Mountains hikers are urged to be aware of tarantulas

Ew! Creepy love game is afoot Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, September 9, 2016 Watch where you’re stepping while hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains this month. There may be an extra pair of legs (or four) … Continue reading

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Researchers discover two new mountain lion litters

Difficult road ahead for Santa Monica Mountain cougar kittens Source of this article, The Thousand Oaks Acorn, July 14, 2016 National Park Service researchers recently discovered two litters of mountain lion kittens in the eastern Santa Susana Mountains. A total … 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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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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