Elegy for canyon lost to the flames

On the Trail

How do you say goodbye to a beloved canyon?

It’s taken me two months to even manage a drive-by past the entrance to upper Trancas Canyon, a part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area located a short hop from my former home in rural Agoura.

In November the Woolsey fire left this area blackened, barren and bleak. By January the appearance of opportunistic weeds and rain-spawned grass still cannot compensate for the aching absence of mature shrubs and trees that had so th...

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