Re: Fossil area - Topanga Canyon, CA
Although apparently wealthy, the owner of this site could not afford to fight the legal power of the County of Los Angeles. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky threatened the property owner with a lawsuit if fossil collectors were not kept off the property. No trespassing signs were posted along the main collecting area, as well as copies of the treatening letter. The lower section was put up for sale, so the County posted no parking signs every 70 feet along the road. Over time they also torn down the copies of the threatening letter. Since then many of the no trespassing signs have disappeared, and nearly all the no parking signs been removed and thrown down the hillside. County workers WILL call the Sheriff's Dept on you if you are seen there. Many collectors park at the top or bottom of the grade and hike up, and often dig in more secluded areas, hidden in the trees. The reason the County went after the collectors is because digging results in mud flowing into the street during heavy rain.... a false explanation, since nearby Mulholland Drive also must be cleared of mud, yet no collectors dig there.
From David - December 02, 2007 at 11:15:22