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June 17, 2007 | Scott Doggett, Special to The Times
IF you head to McGrath State Beach expecting to find a long swath of lovely tan sand and an endless succession of surfable breaks, you won't be disappointed. But the two-mile beach on the outskirts of Oxnard that stretches south from the Santa Clara River to just beyond a small rib-shaped lake isn't McGrath's claim to fame. That would be the 245 recorded bird species that spend at least part of the year here.
December 8, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Smoking will be prohibited in San Diego County parks, campgrounds and open spaces under an ordinance passed by county supervisors that takes effect in January. The county joins a growing number of jurisdictions that have jumped on the no-smoking bandwagon. Among them are the city of San Diego and at least 10 other cities in the region. Wednesday's vote by the Board of Supervisors was 4 to 1.
March 21, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
The National Park Service has lifted a temporary ban on camping on Santa Cruz Island, imposed in November to ensure public safety while hunters taking aim at the island's feral pigs focused their efforts near camping areas. The park service said the $5-million pig hunt was necessary to protect the endangered Santa Cruz Island fox.
August 28, 2005 | Paul Pringle, Times Staff Writer
Lonnie Fehr wanted to live under the creek-side alders of an unspoiled forest. So he tossed a tent into his pickup truck and headed out of the city -- but not too far out. Fehr's journey to the great outdoors took him just a mile and a half from the houses of Altadena to Millard Campground, a secluded patch of wilderness barely within the boundaries of the Angeles National Forest.
January 22, 2005 | Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County prosecutors had not yet decided Friday whether to file charges after a campground brawl on Santa Catalina Island left three teenage boys hospitalized with stab wounds. Lt. Patrick Hunter of the Avalon sheriff's station said the fight broke out late Sunday among campers at neighboring sites in a remote area. Two Orange County men at one campsite and a group of about 10 youths at a second campsite accused one another of starting the brief clash in the Little Harbor area.
January 4, 2005 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
A group of residents that winters at the El Morro Village mobile home park emerged Monday as the latest obstacle to the state's plan to turn the south Orange County park into a campground. They stand about ankle high, go by the formal name of charadrius alexandrinus nivosus and are being defended by a conservative commentator and lawyer who has never been confused with an environment crusader.
December 21, 2004 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
An Orange County judge has denied a request by residents of the El Morro Village mobile home park to block their eviction from Crystal Cove State Park, a decision the residents plan to appeal this week. In his ruling Friday, Superior Court Judge Stephen J. Sundvold said the state has complied with the law and given "more than adequate notice" to residents of the pristine coastline spot that park officials want to convert into a public campground.
At THE ENTRANCE TO CALIFORNIA'S BUSIEST STATE campground, I confront a sign: Street Vehicles Not Advised. Soft Sand. Treacherous Stream Xing. Then I roll forward to the lady who takes my $10 for an overnight stay and eyes my two-wheel-drive Toyota skeptically. "You may get stuck in the sand," she says. Also, the temperature may fall below freezing. I will haul my own trash. There will be no picnic tables, no fire rings, no drinking water, no bathrooms.
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