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Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council 2018 Backbone Trek

Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council 2018 Backbone Trek

  by Carol Miller Santa Monica Mountains Backbone Trail “The Backbone Trail, now designated as a National Recreation Trail, traverses the length of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. It follows ridges and canyons crossing chaparral-covered hillsides, oak woodlands, creeks and valleys,“ says the write up on the Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council web page […]

Stunt High Trail Hike | Herb Walks with Lanny Kaufer

Stunt High Trail Hike | Herb Walks with Lanny Kaufer

Herb Walks with Lanny Kaufer will take a break from the fire recovery zone around Ojai on Sunday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and revisit the secluded Stunt High Trail along Cold Creek in the Calabasas Hills on the north side of the Santa Monica Mountains. This will be an easy, slow-paced hike, […]

Mountain Lions In Los Angeles Hunting Closer To Human Settlements

Mountain Lions In Los Angeles Hunting Closer To Human Settlements

Lola Gayle, STEAM Register Los Angeles is one of only two megacities inhabited by large predatory cats. And according to new research published in PLOS ONE, they’re hunting closer to human settlements than ever before. According to a statement from the researchers, understanding how big cats interact with such human settlements aids development of strategies […]

Rodenticides–rat poison–to be removed from store shelves

Rodenticides–rat poison–to be removed from store shelves

Rodenticides can spread up the food chain and kill natural predators such as the mountain lion (pictured here). This month, the state’s Department of Pesticide Regulation announced it would ban the sale of dangerous rodent poisons in California retail stores. These poisons are harmful to the native food chain in the Santa Monica Mountains when […]

Proposed national park could swallow 170,000 properties, 500,000 acres

Proposed national park could swallow 170,000 properties, 500,000 acres

  By BRAD JONES Land rights groups are outraged with a federal study aimed at creating a huge national park in Southern California. The proposed national park threatens to shut down small-scale mining among other outdoor and commercial activities. The American Land Rights Association and Public Lands for the People are two opponents of the […]