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October 29, 1987 | ROSELLE LEWIS, Lewis is a Tarzana free-lance writer. and
If autumn has stirred your spirit of exploration but you don't want to follow the call of the wild too far, there's a huge and exciting wilderness that's almost next door. The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is a giant patchwork of city, state and national parks, in addition to conservancy and private holdings. It stretches from Franklin Canyon Ranch, within the city limits, to Point Mugu State Park in Ventura County.
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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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April 27, 1995 | PANCHO DOLL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a typical Sunday, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is a quiet place where people go to get away from other people. This Sunday will be different: As many as 7,000 will gather at Paramount Ranch inside the park for the sixth annual Head for the Hills day. The ranch, best known as a site for films, will be overrun with a maze of events and presentations--everything from raptors and reptiles to horses and helicopters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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March 15, 1994 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The formal dedication of Palo Comado Canyon as part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area has been scheduled for April 2, six months after it was postponed because of wildfires sweeping across Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
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April 3, 1994 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hundreds of people gathered at Palo Comado Canyon in eastern Ventura County on Saturday to celebrate the dedication of the former cattle ranch--once slated for luxury homes and a PGA golf course--as federal parkland. Along with dozens of hikers, bikers and equestrians, politicians and environmental activists showed up in force to take credit for the acquisition of the 2,329-acre tract, formerly known as Jordan Ranch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1992
Board of Supervisors Results from Board of Supervisor votes Tuesday: Recreation Area Should the board support a plan to spend $14 million in federal funds to acquire more land for the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area? Result: Approved 4-0 The Vote John K. Flynn: Yes Vicky Howard: Absent Maggie Kildee: Yes Susan K. Lacey: Yes Maria VanderKolk: Yes
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June 14, 2005 | Hugo Martin
A new trailhead will provide access to trails in the lush, rolling hills of the former Ahmanson Ranch just west of Woodland Hills. At noon on July 2, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy will open a trailhead at the west end of Victory Boulevard that will access the new Upper Los Virgenes Open Space Preserve. It's been nearly two years since the conservancy purchased the 2,983-acre ranch to preserve the land and prevent development.
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June 10, 2004 | Brenda Rees
With lots of outdoors options these days for nature nuts as well as the wilderness-resistant, volunteer docent Mike Orloff decided to add something extra for participants in his monthly "Hikes With Mike" at Franklin Canyon. Orloff ends his guided tours not with a heavy-handed speech about the benefits of tree-hugging. No, he leads hikers to a big grassy field and dumps out flying discs for a good old-fashioned Frisbee toss.
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May 7, 1995 | SUE NELSON, Sue Nelson is chairwoman of Friends of the Santa Monica Mountains
Public parks are in trouble, including the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Today's mood in Washington recalls the anti-park movement of the 1980s when James Watt, interior secretary under Ronald Reagan, tried to place a five-year moratorium on land acquisition. Today's threat comes from several sources: * A bill to create a national parks closure commission, sponsored by Rep. Joel Hefley (R-Colo.).
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May 23, 2008 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Jill Swift, a former teacher and hiking enthusiast whose love of the outdoors led her to play a central role in the creation of a national park in the Santa Monica Mountains, died Monday at her home in Tarzana. She was 79. The cause was multiple myeloma, which she battled for 12 years, said her sister, Wendy Averill of Los Angeles. Swift was one of a trio of women who were widely acknowledged as the prime force behind the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
NEWS
June 14, 2005 | Hugo Martin
A new trailhead will provide access to trails in the lush, rolling hills of the former Ahmanson Ranch just west of Woodland Hills. At noon on July 2, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy will open a trailhead at the west end of Victory Boulevard that will access the new Upper Los Virgenes Open Space Preserve. It's been nearly two years since the conservancy purchased the 2,983-acre ranch to preserve the land and prevent development.
NEWS
June 10, 2004 | Brenda Rees
With lots of outdoors options these days for nature nuts as well as the wilderness-resistant, volunteer docent Mike Orloff decided to add something extra for participants in his monthly "Hikes With Mike" at Franklin Canyon. Orloff ends his guided tours not with a heavy-handed speech about the benefits of tree-hugging. No, he leads hikers to a big grassy field and dumps out flying discs for a good old-fashioned Frisbee toss.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1994 | ALAN C. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a blow to Southern California conservationists, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday recommended only $2 million for the purchase of parkland for the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area next year--the lowest figure in years. The House of Representatives had approved $5 million, only one-third the amount that advocates had requested. President Clinton also included $5 million in his proposed budget for the 1995 fiscal year.
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October 1, 1991 | MYRON LEVIN and CARLOS LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A top U. S. Interior Department official said Monday that the government has completed a final environmental report that is "very favorable" toward the proposed exchange of federal parkland in Agoura Hills for adjacent Ventura County holdings owned by entertainer Bob Hope.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2001 | RICHARD KAHLENBERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At age 77, financial planner Joe Dillman is an avid mountain-biker. He is on a trail in the Santa Monica Mountains just about every weekend. Besides keeping him fit, the exercise gives him an opportunity to perform his duties as recruiting coordinator for the Mountain Bike Unit, an organization of volunteers who patrol at least eight hours a month to help the safety staff of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
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September 7, 2000 | LAURIE SCHENDEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hikers on a special trip around the lake in Franklin Canyon see where Martin Lawrence fished in a scene from "Big Mama's House" and where Ron Howard, as little Opie, tried to skip a stone in the opening credits of "The Andy Griffith Show." Ranger Diane Isaacs stops the group along the trail to show a photograph of Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert hitchhiking on that very spot in "It Happened One Night."
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