National Park Calendar Of Events Flows Over In November And December

Looking for something to do in the National Park System in November and December? Check out this listing of activities, from Andersonville National Historic Site to Yoemite National Park.

Study Shows Southern California Mountain Lions Lack Genetic Diversity

A genetic sampling of more than 300 mountain lions in southern California, including within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, shows the big cats lack genetic diversity.

Red-Legged Frog Tadpoles Released In Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Things hopefully will be hopping in the near future in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California, where hundreds of California red-legged frog tadpoles have been released as part of the first-ever effort to expand the range of the threatened species in Southern California.

Star Party Coming To Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area In California

Stars, from the skies above, not Hollywood, will be celebrated on August 2 at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California.

Traffic Kills Three More Mountain Lion Kittens At Santa Monica Mountains NRA

California's 101 Freeway is turning into a killing zone for mountain lions, as three kittens have been killed by traffic on the highway in recent weeks, according to Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area officials.

Celestial Stargazing Comes To Paramount Ranch In Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

For over 70 years, there was plenty of "star gazing" at the Paramount Ranch. Located near Los Angeles, the Ranch was used for filming more than 150 movies and TV shows featuring some of the biggest names in the industry. Now part of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, the ranch will host a chance for the public to enjoy a more timeless type of star gazing during a winter sky star party on the evening of February 8.

Inbreeding A Growing Problem With Mountain Lions At Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Inbreeding, long seen as a problem with the Florida panther population in Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, is evoling into more of a problem with mountain lions in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California.

Dead Mountain Lion Shows Highways Turning Santa Monica Mountains NRA Into Genetic Island

Bottled-up genetics lead to problems, as evidenced by the inbreeding woes of the wolves at Isle Royale National Park. Though mountain lions that roam Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area aren't as inbred as those wolves, the lack of genetic diversity is a growing concern.

Around The Parks: Vandals, Occupiers And Cyclists

As the government shutdown drags into its second week, there are increasing risks of vandalism in the National Park System and possibly even poaching, according to past National Park Service personnel.

Annual Holiday Sale To Feature Locally Made Artworks, Crafts At Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Locally produced Native American baskets and jewlrey, soaps, bath salts, and carvings will be among the items on sale when the annual holiday sale is held at the King Gillette Ranch at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area on December 15.

First "Net Zero" Visitor Center Makes NPS Greener

The NPS has gained its first “net zero” visitor center, the Anthony C. Beilenson Visitor Center at the King Gillette Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California.

Two Mountain Lion Kittens Discovered in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area claims the title of "largest urban national park in the country," but it's 150,000+ acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties also include some non-urban wildlife. Biologists recently discovered two mountain lion kittens in the park.

Mark Your Calendars: New Visitor Center To Open June 9 At Santa Monica Mountains NRA

A new visitor center at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area will open at the King Gillette Ranch on June 9, replacing an older National Park Service facility outside the NRA.

Study: Development Around National Parks Far Surpasses That In Other Parts Of The Country

Development and population density around units of the National Park System greatly outpaces that occurring around other parts of the country, according to a Montana State University study.
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Native American Artworks Featured At Early Winter Solstice Celebration At Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

The winter solstice is still some weeks off, but an early celebration is scheduled for Sunday at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, where a diverse collection of Native American artists will be displaying pottery, paintings, stone carvings, and other artworks.

Fears Rise That Congress Could Open More Units Of National Park System to Hunting

Few units of the National Park System are open to hunting, but there are fears that legislation now working its way through Congress could clear the way for hunting across dozens of parks in the system.

Special Resource Study on San Gabriel Watershed and Mountains Released By National Park Service

A draft study that examines whether the San Gabriel Watershed and Mountains should be added to the National Park System has been released with four alternatives, two of which would advance a new model for a unit of the park system.

Reward Offered For Information Leading To Arrest, Conviction Of Those Responsible For Mountain Lion Death

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for killing a mountain lion in the Santa Monica Mountains last month.

Who Killed Mountain Lion Associated With Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area?

California authorities are trying to apprehend the individual or individuals responsible for killing a mountain lion believed to have genetic ties to Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Land Acquisition Brings Completion of Backbone Trail Closer At Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Acquisition of 5 acres is moving the National Park Service closer to completion of the 65-mile-long Backbone Trail through Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California.

Mountain Lion Born In Santa Monica Mountains NRA Killed While Crossing Interstate Highway

A mountain lion born in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area a little more than a year ago was killed earlier this week when it was struck by a vehicle while trying to cross Interstate 405.

Nearly 10-Acre Pot Farm Found in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

A sizable marijuana farming operation has been found in Santa Monica National Recreation Area, one that has yielded more than 3,500 pot plants, according to NRA officials.

160 Acres Added To Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Excellent wildlife habitat in the form of rugged woodlands and rocky outcrops has been added to Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area thanks to the purchase of 160 acres in Los Angeles County.

National Park Mystery Spot 21 Revealed: Lots of Stars Have Done Their Thing Here

Meteorologists and movie trivia buffs had the inside track on this one.

NPCA Suggests Expanding Santa Monica Mountains NRA to Encompass Rim of the Valley Corridor

With time running down on the public's opportunity to comment on a proposal to add another unit to the National Park System in California, the National Parks Conservation Association is suggesting that the effort result in an enlarged Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Commentary: How Do You Prefer National Parks, Utilitarian, or Utopian?

How do you prefer your national parks? Should they be utilitarian destinations, landscapes that serve all comers, whether they're in search of dazzling vistas or motorized recreation, or Utopian, ideals that should be appreciated for what is found within their borders?

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Latest Example of Biological Island

It's long been known, and feared, that habitat fragmentation can create biological islands that require heavy human intervention to prevent genetic dead-ends. That was the driver between the Yellowstone-to-Yukon initiative, the dilemma faced by the Florida panther, and now being displayed at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California.

National Park Service Sets Meetings For "Rim of Valley Corridor" Special Resource Study

A series of meetings to discuss whether an area of southern California that generally includes the mountains encircling the San Fernando, La Crescenta, Santa Clarita, Simi and Conejo Valleys of Los Angeles and Ventura counties should be added to the National Park System will be held from mid-September into October.

Litter of Mountain Lion Kittens Found At Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

For the first time in six years, a litter of mountain lion kittens has been documented at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California.

Hartzog Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service Show Citizens Can Make a Big Difference for Parks

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In the National Park Service, the acronym "VIP" usually stands for "Volunteers in Parks," but recent awards confirm an alternative meaning could be "Very Impressive Performance." The recipients of the 2009 George and Helen Hartzog Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service were honored at a recent ceremony, and their work was impressive indeed.