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March 17, 2001
The deadline to comment on the draft management plan for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area has been extended to May 31, officials said. The original deadline was the end of February, but National Park Service officials said there were printing delays for the draft plan and the public asked for extra time. It has been nearly two decades since the plan has been revised.
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June 29, 2012 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
After Margot Feuer moved to the hills of Malibu in 1965, she was "catapulted into community action" by the threat of development in the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains. The terrifying proposals included building a nuclear power plant in an isolated canyon and a freeway through Malibu Canyon. "I looked around at what I was in the middle of," she later said, "and I figured, gosh, the idea of a park is a beautiful idea. " Hundreds would join her in the movement to create a national park in Los Angeles, but only Feuer and two other activists would be recognized as "the founding mothers" of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, which won federal approval in 1978.
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June 13, 1990 | ALAN C. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sen. Pete Wilson (R-Calif.) expressed tentative support on Tuesday for a proposed swap of federal land in Ventura County for property owned by entertainer Bob Hope at the same time that Sen. Alan Cranston (D-Calif.) was asking a key Senate subcommittee to block the controversial exchange. Cranston had previously announced his opposition but Wilson, the Republican gubernatorial nominee, had not taken a position.
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December 30, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Robert S. Chandler, who dealt with complex problems as superintendent of many of the country's largest national parks and took the lead in implementing the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in the late 1970s and early '80s, has died. He was 74. Chandler, a resident of Tehachapi, Calif., died Dec. 23 of multiple myeloma at a hospital in Bakersfield, said his son, Alan Chandler. In a 38-year career with the National Park Service that began in 1958 and included serving as superintendent of the Grand Canyon, Olympic and Everglades national parks, Chandler was known as an effective leader who worked with local communities and state and government officials on tough issues.
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June 16, 1998 | ERIC RIMBERT
A $150,000 grant from the Toyota U.S.A. Foundation will be presented today to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area for its National Park Labs program. The grant will support high school students' studies of wild-land fire ecology, said Catherine Saunders, a spokeswoman for the recreation area.
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December 8, 1992 | MYRON LEVIN
The National Park Service is offering visitors to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area a free winter activities schedule, Park Service officials have announced. The calendar covers January through March, 1993, and lists events ranging from bird walks and full moon hikes to volunteer trail building days. Educational activities include art exhibits and classes and demonstrations on the natural and cultural history of the Santa Monica Mountains.
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October 10, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
President Bush signed a bill Wednesday that will expand the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area by 3,492 acres. The legislation, co-authored by Reps. Elton Gallegly (R-Simi Valley) and Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), aims to protect the main wildlife corridor between the Simi Hills and Santa Monica Mountains. The area stretches from West Hollywood to Ventura County.
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June 10, 1994 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
Need something to do this summer without spending a lot of money? From bird-watching to sunset strolls, a guide to summer activities in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is being offered by the National Park Service. "Almost all of the programs are free," said Jean Bray, a park service spokeswoman. The free publication, entitled "Outdoors in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area," focuses on events from July through September.
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February 28, 1996
Animals in the Santa Monica Mountains may soon find themselves unwittingly participants of a photographic project designed to monitor their movements. About 50 cameras will be scattered throughout the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area. * Camera: Sits a few feet off the ground in a protective box, camouflaged in mountain vegetation. Target animals: Coyotes, bobcats, foxes, badgers and mountains lions.
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June 21, 1988
A U.S. Senate subcommittee on Monday recommended spending $6 million to buy parkland in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in 1989. The sum is more than 17% of the $34.45 million proposed for parkland purchases nationwide by the Senate Interior appropriations subcommittee. Its counterpart in the House of Representatives previously suggested spending $13 million for the recreation area.
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May 10, 2006 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
Long before developers built multimillion-dollar homes atop the ridges in the Santa Monica Mountains, hikers, horseback riders and bikers beat trails across the privately held land that affords stunning ocean views, effectively using the area as a giant park.
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December 13, 2003 | Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer
The California Coastal Commission on Friday ordered a Las Vegas businessman to halt building dirt roads without permits on his property and on adjacent national parkland in the mountains above Malibu, and told him to restore the newly cut slopes before winter rains erode the environmentally sensitive area. The decision came after attorneys for James A. Kay Jr.
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February 12, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Two California congressional members introduced legislation Tuesday to explore the possibility of more than doubling the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area by adding the ranges above the San Fernando, La Crescenta, Santa Clarita, Simi and Conejo valleys, as well as the Arroyo Seco. The legislation, introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Rep.
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October 10, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
President Bush signed a bill Wednesday that will expand the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area by 3,492 acres. The legislation, co-authored by Reps. Elton Gallegly (R-Simi Valley) and Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), aims to protect the main wildlife corridor between the Simi Hills and Santa Monica Mountains. The area stretches from West Hollywood to Ventura County.
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December 31, 2001 | KEVIN F. SHERRY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Greg Jackson is a federal law enforcement officer. But his day-to-day duties would more likely bring him face to face with a mountain lion than a bank robber. Jackson, 42, is one of a dozen rangers who patrol 20,000 acres of protected mountains, grasslands and recreational trails in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Typical duties include dealing with vehicles left in parking lots after hours or issuing citations to visitors with unleashed dogs.
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August 17, 2001 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wedged between the Pacific Ocean and a swelling metropolis, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is already the country's largest urban preserve. Now, in a move that could deliver millions of federal dollars for parkland in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, local members from both sides of the congressional aisle want to more than double the size of the 235-square-mile recreation area.
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February 12, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Two California congressional members introduced legislation Tuesday to explore the possibility of more than doubling the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area by adding the ranges above the San Fernando, La Crescenta, Santa Clarita, Simi and Conejo valleys, as well as the Arroyo Seco. The legislation, introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Rep.
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March 12, 1993 | STEPHANIE SIMON
Motorists passing through the Santa Monica Mountains can now tune in to the latest information on recreational activities, special events and natural resources available in the rugged region. Messages in English and Spanish on 1610 AM will introduce drivers to the history and unique features of several distinct National Park Service sites: Malibu Lagoon State Beach along Pacific Coast Highway, Sycamore Cove in Point Mugu State Park, Malibu Creek State Park and Rocky Oaks on Kanan Road.
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July 30, 2001 | ANNETTE KONDO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His home stamping grounds, the wilds of Wyoming, didn't inspire Arthur Eck to appreciate the environment. Instead it was urban Washington, D.C., where wild life usually means the roiling world of politics inside the Beltway. Walking through lush Rock Creek Park, a jewel in the nation's capital, Eck was struck by a flower he'd not seen before. It was a dogwood. Another time, a bat darted up the creek, flying almost smack into the then-college freshman.
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June 6, 2001 | KEVIN F. SHERRY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Think of it as "The Crocodile Hunter"--but on a smaller scale. For the past several months, biologists from the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area have been climbing steep hills and lugging equipment through creeks to catalog the reptiles and amphibians that make their homes in the area. The National Park Service thinks about 35 species of reptiles and amphibians live in the mountains. Of those, 13 species are considered rare, threatened or endangered.
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