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Forest Service Extends Target Shooting Ban in Los Padres National Forest

Forest Service Extends Target Shooting Ban in Los Padres National Forest

Goleta, Calif. – The U.S. Forest Service has announced that it will extend for another six months a ban on unmanaged target shooting throughout the Los Padres National Forest. The ban—first announced in January 2019—allows forest officials and volunteers to address the proliferation of litter, soil and water contamination, wildfires, vandalism, impacts to endangered wildlife, […]

Trump Administration finalizes approval for Drilling and Fracking California Parks, Schools, Reservoirs and Nature Preserves

Trump Administration finalizes approval for Drilling and Fracking California Parks, Schools, Reservoirs and Nature Preserves

CENTRAL Calif. – Today, the Trump administration took the final step to re-open federal land to new oil drilling and fracking in California after a six-year moratorium. The final approval, a Record of Decision issued by the Bureau of Land Management, allows drilling and fracking leasing to resume on one-million acres across Central California, including […]

Stranded Motorcyclists Make it out of the Los Padres National Forest

Stranded Motorcyclists Make it out of the Los Padres National Forest

Ventura County Sheriff – Incident Press Release On 09/15/2019, the Ventura County Lockwood Deputy responded to stranded off-road motorcycle riders in the Los Padres National Forest. At approximately 1730 hours, Station 11 received a call from the Los Padres National Forest Dispatch Center asking for assistance in locating 3 motorcycle riders who were stranded in the […]

Local Residents, Conservation Organizations File Lawsuit Challenging Commercial Logging Project in Los Padres National Forest

Local Residents, Conservation Organizations File Lawsuit Challenging Commercial Logging Project in Los Padres National Forest

Los Angeles, CA— An association of local residents filed a lawsuit today against the U.S. Forest Service, challenging its approval of a commercial logging project in the Los Padres National Forest. The suit alleges that the project—the first to be approved in the national forest in decades—will increase fire risk to rural communities nearby. The […]

Nature Hike to Potrero John Camp in the Sespe Wilderness

Nature Hike to Potrero John Camp in the Sespe Wilderness

Thanks to a wet winter and spring, the wildflowers and herbs in the mountains above Ojai are thriving as we approach the summer months. Join native plant guide Lanny Kaufer on Saturday, June 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a Nature Hike to Potrero John Camp, deep in the Sespe Wilderness of the Los […]

Local Group takes County of Ventura to Court over Wildlife Corridor

Local Group takes County of Ventura to Court over Wildlife Corridor

Special to Citizens Journal Ventura County by Merrill Hope Debra Tash contributed to this article  A new lawsuit accuses the Ventura County Board of Supervisors of trampling on the rights of homeowners and farmers, playing favorites, and ignoring state environmental laws and constitutional rights to enact stringent regulations in a questionable wildlife corridor ordinance. According to the 58-page […]

Judge Extends Ban on Unmanaged Target Shooting in Los Padres National Forest

Judge Extends Ban on Unmanaged Target Shooting in Los Padres National Forest

Los Angeles, Calif. – The U.S. Forest Service and a Santa Barbara-based conservation group have formally agreed to take a series of steps aimed at reducing the impacts of target shooting throughout the Los Padres National Forest in central California. The agreement – approved in U.S. District Court yesterday – resolves a 2018 lawsuit challenging […]

Forest Service Protects Los Padres National Forest from Unmanaged Target Shooting

Forest Service Protects Los Padres National Forest from Unmanaged Target Shooting

Goleta, Calif. – The U.S. Forest Service announced that it will extend for one year a ban on unmanaged target shooting throughout the Los Padres National Forest. The move expands upon previous seasonal closures during fire season and will allow forest officials and volunteers to begin addressing the proliferation of litter, soil and water contamination, […]

Appeal Challenges Dangerous Oil Drilling in Santa Paula Canyon

Appeal Challenges Dangerous Oil Drilling in Santa Paula Canyon

VENTURA, Calif.— Three conservation groups today appealed a decision by a Ventura County Superior Court judge allowing 19 new oil wells and continued operation of 17 existing wells along the Santa Paula Canyon Trail, a popular hiking trail that serves as a gateway to waterfalls, swimming holes, backcountry campsites and endangered species habitat in the […]

Thomas Fire Continues to Grow

Thomas Fire Continues to Grow

Oxnard, California – The Thomas Fire, which started on Monday, Dec. 4, has now burned approximately 132,000 acres and is reportedly 10 percent contained. The fire continues to burn and threaten unincorporated areas in Ventura County and the communities of Ventura, Santa Paula, Casitas Springs, Oak View, Ventura, Ojai, Fillmore, Moorpark, Matilija Canyon and Carpinteria. […]

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