Los Osos Oaks State Natural Reserve
|Los Osos Oaks State Natural Reserve|
|Location||San Luis Obispo County, California, USA|
|Nearest city||Los Osos, California|
|Area||85 acres (34.4 ha)|
|Governing body||California Department of Parks and Recreation|
Los Osos Oaks State Natural Reserve is a state park unit of California, United States, perserving centuries-old coast live oaks growing atop relict sand dunes. It is located in the Los Osos Valley just outside the town of Los Osos, about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The 85-acre (34.4 ha) park was established in 1972.
There are several prehistoric sites in the proximate vicinity of the Los Osos Oaks State Natural Reserve, in addition to archaeological recovery within the reserve itself. A significant-sized Chumash site has been partially excavated on a stabilized sand dune slightly to the north of the reserve dating to at least as early as 1200 CE.
Proposed for closure
The reserve was one of several state parks threatened with closure in 2008. After the 2009 California state special elections, in which voters turned down a package of propositions dealing with California budget crisis, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed the temporary closure (for at least 2 years) of 220 parks. The closures were ultimately avoided by cutting hours and maintenance system-wide.
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- California State Park System Statistical Report: Fiscal Year 2009/10. California State Parks. p. 30. Retrieved 2012-06-02.
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- Moore, Michael (2009-05-29). "Henry Coe on governor's list of parks to close". The Gilroy Dispatch (Gilroy, Calif.). Retrieved 2012-03-28.
- McGreevy, Patrick; Louis Sahagun (2009-09-26). "State parks to stay open, but with cuts in hours, staffing". Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, Calif.). Retrieved 2011-12-30.