Category Archives: Ventura County

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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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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Mountain lions face ‘two evils’ in food hunt

L.A. pumas tend to get closer to urban areas – to avoid other cats. Source of this article, The Los Angeles Times, July 17, 2016 In the hills and wooded areas of the Los Angeles area, mountain lions remain a … 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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The ‘sad but not surprising death’ of a wandering puma known as P-32

The mountain lion, known as P-32, was a wanderer. Source of this article, the Los Angeles Times, August 14, 2015 By the time he was killed — struck Monday morning by a vehicle as he crossed Interstate 5 near Castaic … Continue reading

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Long time open space advocate, Burt Elliot, passes away

Thousand Oaks loses one its most dedicated open space volunteers. Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, August 14, 2014 Anyone who’s hiked the trails of the Santa Monica Mountains has likely walked in Burt Elliott’s footsteps. Elliott, who … Continue reading

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Wildlife officer keeps watch over open spaces

Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, January 9, 2014 Dennis Rosenberg stood a discreet distance from a group of men fishing along the shore of the Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard. He watched them through his binoculars for … Continue reading

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Girlz Gone Riding club carves out a place for women in mountain biking

Wendy Engelberg founded the Southern California group three years ago, and it has grown to become the largest women’s mountain biking club in the country. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, December 20, 2013 In 2005, 41-year-old Wendy … Continue reading

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Recovery mission: Keeping condors safe and flying high

The largest birds in North America are closely monitored by local groups working to save the animals from extinction. Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, September 5, 2013 As of July, there were a total of 429 California … Continue reading

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NPS seeks greater control of surrounding hillsides

Rim of the Valley study now in fifth year Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, April 18, 2013 The mountains encircling the Conejo and Simi valleys may soon become part of the U.S. National Park Service. The Conejo … Continue reading

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