Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area


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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 49,075 (19,868) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area:

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National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
Description
Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 49,075 (19,868) Mountain and coast scenery.
..... Click the link for more information.
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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Address:401 W Hillcrest Dr
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Phone:805-370-2300
Fax:805-370-1850
Web: www.nps.gov/samo/
Size: 154,109 acres.
Established: Established on November 10, 1978. The national recreation area is a cooperative effort that joins federal, state, and local park agencies with private preserves and landowners to protect the natural and cultural resources of this transverse mountain range and seashore.
Location:West of Griffith Park in Los Angeles County and to the east of the Oxnard Plain in Ventura County. US 101 (Ventura Freeway) borders the mountains on the north, and CA 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) and the Pacific Ocean form the southern boundary.
Facilities:Campground (é), picnic area, rest rooms (é), bicycle trail, visitor center (é), Native American Indian culture center (é), museum/exhibit, self-guided tour/trail. Limited federal facilities.
Activities:Camping, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, swimming, surfing, boating, fishing, wildlife viewing, guided tour.
Special Features:This recreation area near Los Angeles offers rugged mountains, a coastline with sandy beaches and rocky shores, canyons covered with chaparral, and abundant wildlife. It includes more than 580 miles of public trails and encompasses four California state parks.

See other parks in California.
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Caption: ERIC YORK (on right in photo) with Jeff Sikich, a biologist at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Staff there recruited York when they were looking for a skilled trapper (top, near left).
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, National Park Service, 401 Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 (RMS)
Gutsue notes that Scott had repeatedly refused to sell his scenic 200-acre ranch to the National Park Service, which wanted to make it part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Gutsue suspects that a deal was struck: After the raid, the police would seize the $5-million ranch under federal forfeiture law, which allows the government to take property used to commit a drug crime.
The Administration is particularly committed to the development and expansion of existing National Parks in and near urban areas, such as the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area."
Brown, an ecologist at nearby Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, a patchwork of 155,000 acres of mountains, chaparral woodlands and beaches, was trying to keep a low profile.
The California Phenology Project (CPP) at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SAMO) is a citizen science based project operating in partnership with UC Santa Barbara, the USA-National Phenology Network (USA-NPN) as well as with six additional National Parks within California.
The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area was founded in 1978, with the hope that local, state, and federal governments would work together to create the nation's biggest urban park.
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is a study in contrasts: Chaparral-covered peaks and two of the biggest salt marshes on the Pacific Coast sit right next to some of the nation's busiest highways.
Two major roadways (US 101 and Interstate 405) separate the park from the rest of the Santa Monica Mountains and its large areas of protected and undeveloped land, which include the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (the eastern-most arm of which extends to ~3 km west of the park) and several state parks.

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