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Los Osos Oaks State Reserve is located on Los Osos Valley Road in the Los Osos Valley, just outside the town of Los Osos, about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

This Reserve features ancient sand dunes covered with centuries-old Coast live oak trees. According to botanists, five major plant communities thrive within the reserve. They are coastal sage scrub, central coastal scrub, dune oak scrub, coast live oak forest, and riparian (streamside). The oak communities exist close to each other, but each has its own character. The oak scrub has dwarf oak trees growing on the ancient (relict) sand dune. Though they are coast live oak trees, they rarely grow more than six to eight feet tall. The larger coast live oaks are located where the soil is moister. These giants can grow to 25 feet in height. Their massive trunks and gnarled branches twist into all sorts of fantastic shapes.


Area history

There are several prehistoric sites in the proximate vicinity of the Los Osos Oaks State 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 AD.[1] Cabrillo first encountered the Chumash in the year 1542.[2]

Proposed for closure

Los Osos Oaks State Reserve is one of the 48 California state parks proposed for closure in January 2008 by California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as part of a deficit reduction program.[3]


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