Surrounded by foothills and encompassing a diverse mosaic of natural landscapes, the City of Thousand Oaks has long been known for its distinctive and picturesque character. Through the dedicated efforts of local residents and their elected officials over the last 30 years, many of these scenic and natural resources have been preserved for perpetuity through an extensive system of natural open space.
The protected land-holdings are managed by the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency (COSCA). COSCA was created in 1977 as a joint powers agency between the City of Thousand Oaks and the Conejo Recreation & Park District for the purpose of protecting and managing open space. The agency has been instrumental in the creation of this open space system.
Currently more than 15,135 acres, comprising 34 percent of the City's planning area, is set aside as open space. This natural area includes untouched hillside areas, creeks, oak woodlands and native plants and wildlife, including larger animals such as deer, bobcats, coyotes, and mountain lions.
Open Space contains about 75 miles of multipurpose hiking, biking and equestrian trails that provide recreational opportunities for all ages. In 1996, the American Hiking Society and National Park Service recognized this trail system by presenting the City of Thousand Oaks with the Trail Town USA Hall of Fame Award. The City is also a recognized "Tree City USA."
The community's open space is a tribute to the commitment of residents and officials to an excellent environment and a natural legacy of increasing value.
Thousand Oaks is also home to the National Park Service's Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area Headquarters. National Park Service
For more information contact Kristin Foord, (805) 449-2505 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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