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    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

National Park Service Invites Public to National Trails Day June 1

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Date: May 21, 2013
Contact: Kate Kuykendall, 805-370-2301

MALIBU, Calif. - The National Park Service and its partners invite the public to roll up their sleeves and participate in National Trails Day on Saturday, June 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will be repairing a portion of the Backbone Trail east of Encinal Canyon Road.

"We'll be working to improve the tread, cut back brush and prepare the trails to properly corral and channel next winter's rains," said Mike Zenan, roads and trails work leader for Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. "We always appreciate the public's help maintaining our trail system."

National Trails Day occurs annually on the first Saturday in June and is the country's largest celebration of trails. The Santa Monica Mountains are home to approximately 500 miles of trails.

Volunteers should dress appropriately with work gloves, protective footwear, long sleeves and pants, and sun protection. Tools and refreshments will be provided. 

Participants must be at least 8 years old and minors must be accompanied by an adult. 

RSVP by email or by calling 805-370-2383.

This event is supported by California State Parks, Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council and the Santa Monica Mountains Task Force of the Sierra Club. 

DIRECTIONS: Take the 101 Freeway to Kanan Road. Exit Kanan Road south and proceed about 6.2 miles to Mulholland Highway. Turn right on Mulholland Hwy and curve left onto Encinal Canyon road at the Mulholland and Encinal Canyon intersection. Trailhead is about 2.4 miles down Encinal Canyon road across from Fire Camp 13.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) is the largest urban national park in the country, encompassing more than 150,000 acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. A unit of the National Park System, it comprises a seamless network of local, state, and federal parks interwoven with private lands and communities. As one of only five Mediterranean ecosystems in the world, SMMNRA preserves the rich biological diversity of more than 450 animal species and 26 distinct plant communities. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/samo.

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Did You Know?

The adult female of this cub died in 2005.

A study that began in 2002 reveals a lion and his offspring are surviving in the Santa Monica Mountains. Radio collars track them crossing roads and navigating through open spaces. Their future is uncertain, but with conservation efforts, they may continue to make these mountains their home.