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August 25, 1998 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, Times Staff Writer
Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Susana Mountains is a verdant preserve with towering rock formations, rippling streams, broad pastures and wild animals. The protected 3,500-acre area on the north side of the mountain range separating the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys is something of a Shangri-La amid bustling suburban sprawl. Santa Clarita Woodlands Park is west of the Golden State Freeway (I-5) near the Santa Clarita city line.
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HOME & GARDEN
December 23, 2004
RE "A Majesty for All Seasons" [Nov. 25]: I would love to see our very own Bigcone Douglas fir (a.k.a. bigcone spruce) used in large settings, perhaps as a street tree. Pseudotsuga macrocarpa not only trips lightly off the tongue, but it is also an elegant and graceful Southern California cousin of the Douglas fir that has adapted to our area. However, it is not easy to find and is mostly seen in the Angeles and Los Padres national forests. Stands do thrive in the Santa Susana Mountains, mainly on the north-facing slopes but also in the upper, moister canyons and ravines just below the ridgeline above Chatsworth.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2002 | ANDREA PERERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich dedicated 500 acres of open space on Monday in the Santa Susana Mountains, an addition that will provide continuous wilderness trails in the Rim of the Valley corridor of the Santa Clarita Woodlands Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1991
The Los Angeles Audubon Society would like to clarify the facts surrounding our letter printed in the April 20 edition of The Times. The proposed Santa Clarita Woodlands Park is 6,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness, not 600. We sent a letter on March 17 to the four leading candidates for the race in the 12th Council District asking where they stood on the park. When our letter to The Times was mailed on April 2, the only written response we had was from Julie Korenstein supporting the park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2002 | ANDREA PERERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich dedicated 500 acres of open space on Monday in the Santa Susana Mountains, an addition that will provide continuous wilderness trails in the Rim of the Valley corridor of the Santa Clarita Woodlands Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1991
Prospects that 453 acres of Towsley Canyon in the western Santa Clarita Valley will become a park rather than a dump have been boosted by acquisition of the land by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, a county official said Thursday. Don Nellor, head of the solid waste planning division of the Los Angeles County Sanitation District, said it would be "very difficult" to get approval for a landfill in Towsley Canyon if there is a state park next door.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1988
The dust from the Sunshine Canyon Landfill that made Councilman Hal Bernson think there was a fire nearby (July 1) is nothing new. The wind blows mightily and often in these canyons on the north side of the Valley, and I'm glad I'm not living in its path. However, I do visit O'Melveny Park, a most attractive city park that, in its upper reaches, gives the visitor a view of magnificent mountains and undisturbed chaparral. "Undisturbed" may not be too accurate a word when the inaccessible hills and oaks are frequently festooned with those indestructible plastic shopping bags favored by most supermarkets.
HOME & GARDEN
December 23, 2004
RE "A Majesty for All Seasons" [Nov. 25]: I would love to see our very own Bigcone Douglas fir (a.k.a. bigcone spruce) used in large settings, perhaps as a street tree. Pseudotsuga macrocarpa not only trips lightly off the tongue, but it is also an elegant and graceful Southern California cousin of the Douglas fir that has adapted to our area. However, it is not easy to find and is mostly seen in the Angeles and Los Padres national forests. Stands do thrive in the Santa Susana Mountains, mainly on the north-facing slopes but also in the upper, moister canyons and ravines just below the ridgeline above Chatsworth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1989
As the 20th Century draws to a close, we find ourselves on the verge of an environmental and spiritual nightmare. Our cities are becoming overcrowded, polluted, crime-filled netherworlds that breed a generation obsessed with an ego-based pursuit of materialism. But new houses, cars, TVs and CDs cannot satisfy the feeling of psychological and spiritual emptiness. The San Fernando Valley was once a pristine, uncrowded place to live. The Santa Clarita Valley was once considered wilderness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1998 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, Times Staff Writer
Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Susana Mountains is a verdant preserve with towering rock formations, rippling streams, broad pastures and wild animals. The protected 3,500-acre area on the north side of the mountain range separating the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys is something of a Shangri-La amid bustling suburban sprawl. Santa Clarita Woodlands Park is west of the Golden State Freeway (I-5) near the Santa Clarita city line.
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October 8, 1995 | SANDY WOHLGEMUTH, Sandy Wohlgemuth of Reseda is conservation chair of the Los Angeles Audubon Society
These are trying times for the environment. In California, the cities, the counties and the state are struggling with budgetary shortfalls and are reluctant to spend any money on "frivolities" such as parks. For the first time ever, the House of Representatives has refused to fund further expansion of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. But we are mighty park-poor: We have fewer parks per person in the Los Angeles area than any large city in the country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1994
As you say in your editorial "Conservancy Should Keep Its Focus Local" (Dec. 18), the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy should put its own house in order before spending money elsewhere: The conservancy's surprising expenditure of $3.9 million on the north edge of the Valley at the very time it is crying poverty at home raises enough questions to fill a book. Claiming it did not have enough money to buy the Soka property, the executive director recommended a compromise so onerous that the public turned out in droves to express outrage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1991
The Los Angeles Audubon Society would like to clarify the facts surrounding our letter printed in the April 20 edition of The Times. The proposed Santa Clarita Woodlands Park is 6,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness, not 600. We sent a letter on March 17 to the four leading candidates for the race in the 12th Council District asking where they stood on the park. When our letter to The Times was mailed on April 2, the only written response we had was from Julie Korenstein supporting the park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1991
Prospects that 453 acres of Towsley Canyon in the western Santa Clarita Valley will become a park rather than a dump have been boosted by acquisition of the land by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, a county official said Thursday. Don Nellor, head of the solid waste planning division of the Los Angeles County Sanitation District, said it would be "very difficult" to get approval for a landfill in Towsley Canyon if there is a state park next door.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1994
As you say in your editorial "Conservancy Should Keep Its Focus Local" (Dec. 18), the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy should put its own house in order before spending money elsewhere: The conservancy's surprising expenditure of $3.9 million on the north edge of the Valley at the very time it is crying poverty at home raises enough questions to fill a book. Claiming it did not have enough money to buy the Soka property, the executive director recommended a compromise so onerous that the public turned out in droves to express outrage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1995 | SANDY WOHLGEMUTH, Sandy Wohlgemuth of Reseda is conservation chair of the Los Angeles Audubon Society
These are trying times for the environment. In California, the cities, the counties and the state are struggling with budgetary shortfalls and are reluctant to spend any money on "frivolities" such as parks. For the first time ever, the House of Representatives has refused to fund further expansion of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. But we are mighty park-poor: We have fewer parks per person in the Los Angeles area than any large city in the country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1989 | STEVE PADILLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, criticized recently for trying to block acquisition of land for a dump in Elsmere Canyon, is trying to buy property in another Santa Clarita Valley canyon under consideration as a landfill site. At issue is Towsley Canyon, the scenic entrance to a pristine woodland west of Santa Clarita. Environmentalists hail the area as a unique collection of forests, meadows and waterfalls more reminiscent of Northern California than Greater Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1989
As the 20th Century draws to a close, we find ourselves on the verge of an environmental and spiritual nightmare. Our cities are becoming overcrowded, polluted, crime-filled netherworlds that breed a generation obsessed with an ego-based pursuit of materialism. But new houses, cars, TVs and CDs cannot satisfy the feeling of psychological and spiritual emptiness. The San Fernando Valley was once a pristine, uncrowded place to live. The Santa Clarita Valley was once considered wilderness.
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