Category Archives: Santa Monica Mountains

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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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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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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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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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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Know your trail etiquette?

Common sense is the rule of the off-road Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, June 25, 2015 With hundreds of miles of walking, cycling and equestrian paths, the Santa Monica Mountains and Ventura County backcountry are a magnet … Continue reading

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Rare frogs survive first year

At least a handful of rare frogs have survived their first year in the Santa Monica Mountains due to an effort by the National Park Service to expand the range of the California red-legged frog in Southern California. Source of … Continue reading

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Volunteers remove invasive crayfish from Malibu Creek watershed

A small army aims to eliminate crayfish from the Santa Monica Mountains’ streams and rivers in 3 years Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, April 5, 2015 As the morning sun peeked over a mountain ridge on Saturday, … Continue reading

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Mountain lion known as P-33 makes a safe freeway passage

Researchers said big cat’s bold journey offers a measure of hope for survival of mountain lions in the region Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, March 20, 2015 A 16-month-old female mountain lion made famous in a series … Continue reading

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